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Cracking Codes

Cracking Codes

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If you want to really challenge yourself try out the CIA Break the Code website. You can choose from several code games to see if you qualify to be an ace code maker and breaker.

In the bonus book The Mysterious Benedict Society, the kids use morse code. Morse code is a code in which dots and dashes are used to represent the letters of the alphabet. The dots and dashes can be transmitted over a telegraph or even by turning a light on and off and the right intervals. Try out The Benedict Society’s morse code matching game and then if you think you’re REALLY good try CSS Sam Operation Dit Dah. THAT one is hard. If any of you can do it, let me know. I’ll be impressed.ciamorse

 

NSA CSS Sam Operation Dit Dah

 

Talk the Talk Word of the Day: Rat - A person that supplies information in exchange for money or favors.

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Sisters Grimm: The Everafter War

Sisters Grimm: The Everafter War

The Everafter War

If you haven’t tried any of The Sisters Grimm series, I’ll fill you in a little. Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sisters who find out The Grimm Brother stories are actually a history of all the crimes committed by fairy tale characters. The girls are part of a long line of detectives from the Grimm family whose job it is to investigate the fairy tale crimes. In each book the girls do some sleuthing to figure out which fairy tale characters have been behaving badly.

In Book Seven, The Everafter War, things are really heating up in Ferryport Landing. Prince Charming is gathering an Everafter Army to protect the city from the mysterious “Master” who threatens to use an army of his own made up of evil fairy tale characters.

As the story begins, Sabrina and Daphne’s parents wake up from a sleeping spell. Everybody is happy for about 5 minutes…until the girls’ Dad and their Grandmother disagree about whether the two girls should be involved in the “family business”. What their Dad doesn’t understand is that he has been asleep for a couple years – the girls are already up to their eyeballs in the growing conflict and already in danger.

All the Grimms, Dad included, are caught up in the conflict when The Prince organizes the rebels to make a final stand against their deadly enemy. Who exactly is “The Master” and what does he/she hope to accomplish? It can’t be anything good. (And you won’t believe who it is!)

 There is a whole bunch of these in the Sisters Grimm series. The author says he hopes to write 9 or 10…no news yet on when #8 might come out.

#1 The Fairy-Tale Detectives (This one is a bonus book – 30 points!)
#2 The Unusal Suspects
#3 The Problem Child
#4 Once Upon a Crime
#5 Magic and Other Misdemeanors
#6 Tales from the Hood
#7 The Everafter War

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Percy Jackson #5: The Last Olympian

Percy Jackson #5: The Last Olympian

The Last Olympian

The Last Olympian is the fifth and final book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series. Percy is about to turn sixteen. He should be thinking about what movie he wants to go see, which girl he thinks is the cutest and when he will finally get his driver’s license. Instead, he’s thinking about saboutaging a ship and the reality of an inevitable war…and how his sixteenth birthday might be his last.

Percy gathers Annabeth, Rachel, Grover & Tyson plus his own army of loyal friends to fight alongside him against the Kronos army. Author:Rick Riordan

#1: Lightning Thief on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#2: Sea of Monsters on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#3: Titan’s Curse on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#4: Battle of the Labyrinth on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#5: Last Olympian on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook

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We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes

We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes

We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes

  • If you’ve ever thought about what it might be like to be your pet, try Crusher’s story, the tale of snake held captive in a young boy’s bedroom.

Remember Syd in Toy Story? The boy who abused toys? Remember, Syd straps Woody and Buzz to the rocket?  The boy in this story reminds me of Syd. I really would not want to be one of his pets.

The boy’s name is Gunnar and he has captured Crusher because he wants to watch her eat mice. Gunnar gets mad when Crusher refuses to eat. Crusher is determined to escape despite the warnings given to her by other captive creatures in Gunnar’s room. When he gets bored, Gunner forgets to feed the animals. In their view, the only way out is dead.

Crusher is determined to break that cycle and studies the human that has captured her to strategize a way out.

It’s always good to think about things from another person (or animal’s) perspective. As Crusher says,  ”Humans give me the creeps. Theyare so slimy.” Crusher will remind you to get up and go feed those goldfish and take the dog for a nice long walk. Those pets can’t talk, but if they could, they’d probably sound a lot like Crusher.

Browse Inside We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes

Crusher looks like a Rattlesnake but is actually a Gopher Snake. Read more:

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Sherlock Files: The 100 Year-Old Mystery

Sherlock Files: The 100 Year-Old Mystery

The 100-Year-Old SecretXander and Xena Holmes are spending a year in London with their family. While the kids are sitting on the steps of their hotel, a stranger passes by, presses a paper into Xena’s hand and says, “it fades fast.” The paper says “…I speak for the whole Society for the Preservation of Famous Detectives (SPFD) when I say that we are thrilled beyond words to welcome you to England, the home of your ancestors.” The kids manage to read the rest of the note (which tells them about a meeting place and a password) before the ink fades and the paper is left blank.

Not kids to pass up a mystery, they head to the meeting place, a neighborhood pub, and take a chance revealing the password to a waitress. The waitress freezes, startled, and then leads the kids to a back room…and locks them in! What have they gotten themselves into? The locked room is really a doorway into the SPFD. The kids discover that Sherlock Holmes is their great-great-great grandfather and they are given a casebook of his unsolved cases. The cases are old, the book contains 100-year-old secrets. Are the mysteries too old to solve? Not for the descendents of Mr. Sherlock Holmes, the worlds greatest detective. Author: Tracy Barrett

Listen to an Excerpt from The 100-Year-Old Secret

The Beast of BlackslopeAnd if you like this one, try #2: The Sherlock Files The Beast of Blackslope. In this one Xander and Xena are investigating a bigfoot kind of beast terrorizing a village again after being absent for several years. Why is the beast back?

Some of Tomie’s Books You Might Remember:
The Beast of Blackslope The Case That Time Forgot For the Duration Favorite Legends
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