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Romeo Blue (Felicity Bathburn #2)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  517 ratings  ·  107 reviews
The eagerly anticipated follow-up to Phoebe Stone's instant classic, THE ROMEO AND JULIET CODE.

When Flissy Bathburn's parents first dropped her off in Bottlebay, Maine, she hated everything about it. She hated the big gloomy house she was to live in. She hated meeting her long-lost and highly eccentric relatives. And most of all, she hated knowing that she was safe in Amer
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Alex Baugh
I really enjoyed reading Phoebe Stone's novel The Romeo and Juliet Code back in June 2011 about Felicity Budwig Bathburn, 11, brought from 1941 blitzed London by her parents to live in safety with some very eccentric relatives living in Maine. Her parents, Winnie and Danny, returned to London and Felicity only knows they are doing something undercover for the war effort. Flissy, as she is immediately nicknamed, adjusts to life in the Blackburn home, growing to love her Uncle Gideon, Danny's brot ...more
Flissy was shipped off to stay with her Aunt and Uncle in Maine, while her parents are back in Europe fighting. Not a good time as WWII is going on. Maine is a Big change from London.

Now that Flissy has adjusted and that is a thank you to Derek. He was adopted by Flissy’s relatives. Derek is trying to find his biological father and wants Flissy’s help. Things get interesting when Derek finds his father. Also what is Flissy’s Uncle hiding? Did I mention that Flissy’s parents are spies?

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Romeo Blue the sequel to The Romeo and Juliet Code is even more suspenseful than the first title. The coast of Maine during World War II provides an exciting setting for the continuing adventures of 12 year-old-Felicity and her slightly older friend Derek. Stone's sensitive and believable characters unwittingly interact with secret agents and danger as they try to unravel the secrets of their broken families. Romeo Blue deftly ties up the loose ends of the first title yet not until the end of th ...more
This was such a good book! The plot line was very intriguing and held my intention throughout the book. Phoebe Stone did a wonderful job bringing back the characters from the first book, Romeo and Juliet Code, as well as introducing new ones. I also loved the fact that the main event in this book was WWII, and how each character was involved in some surprising way. I fell in love with the characters and their complicated lives, which sometimes brought me to tears and had me screaming at the book ...more
This is a delightful book with such an adorable protagonist that you soon forget she is only 12 (albeit, like many tweens, going on 21). Although it apparently continues a story that began with The Romeo and Juliet Code, I had not read that book and had no trouble following this one. I regret not starting with it though, since I loved this one so much!

The setting is 1942 in Bottlebay, Maine, a fictitious place that sounds a bit like Biddeford Pool. There, the U.S. Government put up an observatio
I don't think this had a huge amazing plot, but it was romance, and I like romance. I think it was a great feel good book, but it didn't really have anything that stood out for me. I felt like it was every cliche romance book, but give it a try, you might like it.
I enjoyed the Romeo and Juliet Code, so I was excited to read the sequel and it didn't disappoint. It is a heartwarming coming of age story narrated by the main character Flissy Bathburn. She is left in the care of relatives during the war because her parents are spies overseas. She discovers that the family she is left with are also involved in the espionage after she hasn't heard from her parents in a very long time. With the her ally and source of her crush, Derek (who was taken in by her fam ...more
Dec 05, 2014 Madi added it
When Flissy Bathburn first came to America she really didn’t like it. She didn’t know anybody nor has she ever been to America. Her parents dropped her off in Bottlebay, Maine with her grandparents that she has never met before. She hated living knowing that she was safe and that her parents were in great danger in Europe.
A year has passed and Flissy has grown into loving her home and Derek, the boy that the Bathburn’s adopted when he was little. Since Derek is older now he wants to find his bi
It has been a year since Felicity Bathburn Budwig was dropped off in America to live with family she hadn't met. Flissy, as she came to be known, had a hard time adjusting to Maine, her new family (The Gram, Uncle Gideon, Aunt Miami, and Derek), and being separated from her parents, whom she called Winnie and Danny. But in the past year something amazing happened. Flissy has grown to love Bottlebay, Maine, the eccentric Bathburns, and her buddy and secret crush, Derek. With World War II still in ...more
Romeo Blue by Phoebe Stone has been waiting for a year to be read. Sequel to the Romeo and Juliet Code, this book continues the story of Flissy Budwig Bathburn in Bottlebay, Maine. She's been there for two years. The Bathburn home is truly her own but she still does not fully understand her family's role World War II. She knows they are part of the Resistance and she knows they are working from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, but are they safe and will she ever understand why they have made th ...more
I fell in love with The Romeo and Juliet Code a few years back, and this sequel did not disappoint. The language and characters are rich, the plot has the right amount of twists and turns, and the setting has me seriously considering booking my next vacation to the coast of Maine. I would recommend this book to a student in grade 5-7 who enjoys historical fiction and/or loved The Secret Garden. I would really like to give this book four and a half stars, but I will settle for four.
Tracy Holland
The sequel to the Romeo and Juliet Code, this novel continues the story of Flissy B. and her new life in the USA. Flissy is trying to figure out her relationships with her new family, her father, Uncle Gideon, The Gran, and Derek, who she has a crush on.

Set in Maine during World War II, the Bathburn family continues to play a very secret role in undercover operations both abroad and on the home front. Always in fear of German spies and the whereabouts of her mom, Winnie, and her husband, Gideon
Flissy lives with her American relatives in Maine. She has been shipped off from Britain because of WWII. Her parents, Winny and Danny, are both spies and missing in France. Flissy lives with the Gram, aunt Miami, Uncle Gideon who is actually her father and Derek who has been unofficially adopted by the family. All of the Bathburns seem to be in some type of spy/government work. Gideon is getting ready to head to France and try and rescue his brother Danny and Winny his first love. Miami is bein ...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
In this sequel to the Romeo and Juliet Code, Flissy is now twelve-years-old and has been separated from her paents for a year. Flissy knows they are still in Europe fighting with the resistance while Flissy's American family seems to be fighting the same enemies but in Maine. Flissy is uneasy when the man, who claims to be Derek's birth father,snoops around the Bathburn house, when Derek secretly invites him over. Because Flissy now has a serious crush on Derek, she has agreed to keep the meetin ...more
Romeo Blue by Phoebe Stone is the second book in a historical fiction series about the main character, Felicity Bathburn (I would suggest reading the first book, The Romeo Juliet Code, before reading Romeo Blue). It continues on with Flissy's life in Bottlebay, Maine along with Derek's as well. Flissy's father-uncle Gideon goes to Germany for his work while trying to find Danny and Winnie. Derek takes his own personal adventure in trying to find is true father. In my opinion, I found the charact ...more
This book was a slow burn for me. At first it started off as a rather average tween grade historical novel. (The back cover states the book is on a fifth grade reading level and should appeal to 5th-7th graders) The narrative was good enough, but it didn't appear to be anything spectacular. However, the more I read, the more it drew me in. I quickly found that there was more than meets the eye to the story. The plot is a lot deeper than it at first seems and the emotions and themes it embraces w ...more
Carolyn Arrington
Romeo Blue is the sequel to the Romeo and Juliet Code published several years ago. It continues the story of 12 year old Felicity Bathburn and her eccentric family. Her grandmother, uncle, father, and mother have all been involved in military intelligence and/or resistance efforts during the days leading up to World War II. Now that the United States has officially joined in, the intrigue continues. Felicity’s mother and stepfather have been captured by the Nazis and her father has been deployed ...more
Erin (work)
Not as great as the first one, I would still read a 3rd installment and other things by Phoebe Stone, but it tidied up too easily and I didn't sink into it as much as the first.

useful for mystery RA, readalikes include: Under the Egg

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" During World War II, Felicity Bathburn is living in Bottlebay, Maine, with her eccentric relatives and their foster child Derek, whom she has grown to love, but when a man claiming to be Derek's true father arrives and starts asking all sorts of strang
Tabi Card
This book is pretty different from the first one, in that it's a little darker - it focuses more on the harder parts about living during a war in a family of spies. But that only made it so much better in my opinion, because it didn't really try to hide what life would, was, like in those situations.

Felicity was as strong and quirky and lovable as ever, with her slowly diminishing British ways, but still with that ever British way of speaking, even though American thoughts and feelings have been
Diane Ferbrache
It’s the 1940s, and 12 year old Felicity has been sent to live with her biological father in the US while her mother and step-father are off doing something for the war effort in Europe. Then they turn up missing and all signs are pointing to a secret mission to free them. Someone shows up at the house, claiming to be her adopted cousin Derek’s real father. Felicity’s young friend from England also comes to live with them, and Felicity thinks she is falling in love with Derek.
This is a sequel
Ms. Yingling
In this sequel to The Romeo and Juliet Code, Flissy is still living along the coast in Bottlebay, Maine with her Uncle Gideon and grandmother while her mother remains in England. Derek, a foster child who has been trying to find his father, has a letter from him, and Flissy is concerned that Derek will leave to be with him. World War II encroaches on everything-- ration booklets are coming, Flissy's family are working as spies, and most of the young men they know are being called off to war. Bob ...more
I received an ARC copy of this book from my cousin after she attended the annual ALA conference in Seattle, so this review is based on an uncorrected proof. I will also preface my thoughts by saying that I haven't read the previous title, "The Romeo and Juliet Code," and I do think that would have made a difference in my reading experience.

The best part of this book is Stone's obvious respect for children/teens, and her desire to show that their thoughts and emotions are real and important. I re
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Picking up where “The Romeo and Juliet Code,” left off, Phoebe Stone weaves in a myriad of details about every day life during World War II in this sequel, and even more details about life in a coastal area when spies were thought to be everywhere.

Flissy knows about spies. Her parents are spies for the Allies overseas. They left her with relatives in the United States while they carry out their missions. Life should be quiet and peaceful, but Flissy finds herself in love with Derek (who has oth
I want to remember this book for my girls when they are in 4-6th grade.... it was def a young, young adult read (younger than my usual taste)... but perfect for that age. I liked the element of mystery, there were spies, main character is a girl, she does have a crush, but it is innocent and age appropriate... they do kiss and hold hands once I believe. Set in WWII time period, gives nice historical background to the time period....
Mrs. Koch's Class
Romeo Blue is the second book in a sequel. There is a british girl named Felicity living in Maine without her parents. They disappeared for a second time along with Felicity's uncle. She and Derek have to find out what happened and save them. Meanwhile Derek searches for his own father. This is an exciting mystery book that I suggest you read.( You should probably read the first one, The Romeo and Juliet Code first.) ~Erika
This is even better than the first book, Romeo & Juliet Code. It continues the story of Flissy and Derek as they try to find their parents and themselves during WWII. Funny to think that a place as remote as Maine would be the center of intrigue and espionage, but with U-Boats lurking of the coast, sinking supply ships, anything can happen.

The writing is wonderful and the characters are fully developed and engaging. It is a lovely rite of passage book with the "old self and new self bumping
*sigh* I just wrote a more in-depth review for Romeo Blue and inadvertently clicked in err ... and lost four paragraphs. An excellent read that took me far too long to finish as I have been distracted of late. It is a worthy sequel to Stone's The Romeo and Juliet Code. Set on the Coast of Maine during the early years of US involvement in WWII, a sure winner for me. I love reading books set in Maine and WWII fascinates me. As always, Phoebe Stone's characters are genuine and well-drawn. I enjoyed ...more
bookaday #26. family intrigue and espionage for this WWII story with great setting descriptions of life in Maine. Flissy seems a bit whiny to me, overly dramatic about her love for Derek, almost like a romance novel. Favorite quote by Winnie as remembered by Flissy: "Life was like a kaleidoscope: with the slightest movement the pattern changed."
This book gives the reader a good idea of how the U.S was during the time of World War Two, and what people were capable of to win this war.The book includes the story of a girl who discovers that her parents spies and have gone missing. Along with the life of a boy who was never legally adopted and will stop at nothing to reach his goal of discovering who his father really is.Discover how their worlds collide. False identities will be revealed, secrets will come to light, and loved ones will be ...more
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Before concentrating on creating books for children and young adults, Phoebe Stone had a very successful career established as a fine art's painter. During that time, she received two Vermont Council on the Arts Fellowships in painting and exhibited her work in many museums and galleries all around New England and New York City, and influenced many New England artists with her unique, brightly col ...more
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“She loves him so
but he didn't stay.
The wind can't blow
this storm away.”
“I would have followed Derek to the edge of the world, if he had wanted me to. And then perhaps we would have had to hold hands because it must be quite windy at the edge of the world.” 2 likes
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