The Code Busters Club, Case #3: The Mystery of the Pirate’s Treasure

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When there’s a puzzle to be unraveled or a code to be cracked, you can count on the crafty quartet known as the Code Busters. Cody, Quinn, Luke, and M.E. are ready at a moment’s notice to put their code cracking skills to the test, and a field trip to Carmel Mission might be the perfect opportunity. There are some shifty characters about and rumors of a pirate’s treasure hidden nearby. Can the Code Busters make history and solve the riddle of de Bouchard’s gold?

If you’re looking for a fun way to introduce coded puzzles to younger readers, you’d be hard pressed to find a book that employs as many different styles of coding as The Mystery of the Pirate’s Treasure. Warner has clearly done her research, employing everything from Morse code and semaphore to symbols, skip codes, Caesar ciphers, alphanumerics, and more.

The story is a bit threadbare, but considering the brisk storytelling pace and the sheer number of puzzles included, it’s easy to forgive the author for providing just enough impetus to get the Code Busters (and the reader) from one puzzle to the next. After all, this is a book about friends solving puzzles, and the puzzles are dynamite.


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Author Penny Warner
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 192 pages
Publisher Egmont USA
Publish Date 2013-Nov-12
ISBN 9781606844571
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Issue March 2014
Category Tweens
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