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The Romeo And Juliet Code

(Felicity Bathburn #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,119 ratings  ·  493 reviews
A sudden trip to a seaside house. A boy with brown sugar eyes. And then , a mysterious letter.

Felicity's glamorous parents have a secret. When they leave her with distant relatives in Maine, far away from the battles of WWII, Felicity hopes they won't be gone for long. Her new Uncle Gideon hides things. Her Aunt Miami is star-crossed. And Derek, a kid her age, refuses to l
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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May 28, 2011 rated it liked it
I know I would have loved this and reread it several times if I'd read it first when I was ten. The things that bother me some now, some inconsistencies and loose ends and crowding of plot, wouldn't have bothered me then.

This book's been mentioned as a Newbery contender, but I don't think it's quite there. In particular, Felicity's voice often sounds TOO self-consciously "British". Like an American girl who goes to England with her parents for a week and comes back and wants to impress her frien
Jenn Estepp
So, when this book first came out, all I head about it was people complaining about the cover, because it doesn't scream World War II historical. And I felt a little bad on it's behalf, not least of which because my mom was a kid in the forties and she totally rocked the jeans like 90% of the time, if the snapshots are to be believed. And then it took for-freaking-ever for me to get my hands on a library copy and in that interim I think my wanting-to-like-it grew to an unreasonable degree (I adm ...more
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
It seems unfair that my attention was first drawn to The Romeo and Juliet Code because of its cover. No book deserves to be held responsible for its misleading jacket and Phoebe Stone's latest is no exception. Set during the Second World War, the book looks like a rejected shot from a GAP catalog more than a historical novel (pink Converse?? Really??). When ire was aimed at the jacket early on I remember many a supporter saying, "It's such a pity it has that cover because the story is wonderful! ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book. A british girl goes to live in America with her uncle because her parents are helping children in the World war 2 to escape. Over there, letters arrive for her uncle from portugal and france but she knows it's from her dad. Her uncle does''t let her read them, and snatches it out of her hands so fast. By the time the third letter arrives, She has to figure out what's going on. She teams up with a boy called Derek and they both work together to crack the code.
Brandy Painter
Jun 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Review originally posted here.

A lot of my negative reaction to this book is because I am well and truly tired of the whole "kid is abandoned by parent(s) with obscure little known relatives and has to be brave and learn something" story. So why did I read this? Hope that eventually someone has to subvert the trope. Hope that the mystery would be mysterious and intriguing. Hope for a good examination of British/American relations and thoughts in 1941. This book is sadly lacking in all of these.

Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I Loved this book because it was set in maine!! It was hard for me to get into the book. The start was little slow, but the overall book wasn't to bad.
I had a hard time putting this book down once I began reading it. Felicity comes from London to Maine with her parents during World War ll and is left with her father's family. She has no idea when her parents will return. She has never met her father's family and although they do their best to make her feel welcome there are also a lot of family secrets. Why has her uncle nailed the piano shut and will no longer play it? Why are these people so cold towards her mother? There are also these myst ...more
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: CapCah 10-14
I liked so much about this book: the quirky, endearing characters, the writing style that brought to mind A.A. Milne for some reason, the mysteries surrounding Felicity's parents, Felicity's charming British style, and her relationship with her bear Wink. There were two things that bothered me. The cover is attractive, yet has no apparent relationship to the book. Did the wrong cover get put on this book? It leads one to imagine they're about to read a contemporary story, not one set in the 1940 ...more
Maria Tag
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Girls of all ages
The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone was a surprising, cute historical fiction book which I would recommend in a heartbeat to someone.
The plot: Felicity, an eleven-year-old girl from England, is sent under mysterious circumstances to her distant relatives in Maine. Her parents Winnie and Danny drop her off and leave in a hurry, but not before an awkward interaction with Gideon, Felicity's uncle. Felicity starts to wonder what is really going on when letters from Danny are being hidden and
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was really, really good! It was kind of boring in the beginning, but halfway through the book it gets a lot better and much more exciting. The beginning wasn't boring enough that I wanted to stop reading, but I wasn't sure I liked this until the middle when the story got much better. It's more adventurous and things actually happen (aside from Felicity moping and being miserable). I can't wait to read the next book!
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is ok. I liked the ending and I didn’t see it coming but it took too long for all the secrets to unravel. I also felt the title was not as important as the story and I was hoping for more regarding Romeo and Juliet.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Romeo and Juliet Code is about 6 people Winnie who is the mum,Danny who is the dad and Uncle Gideon,Auntie Miami,The Gram, Felicity and Derek
This a about Felicity Ludwig her Winnie was a secret Agent so was Danny. Her uncle Gideon got six letters and felicity got curious so she broke into Gideon’s study and copied the the letter but it was all in code by numbers so she just copied them down the numbers that was after she met Derek then she thought That he was hiding something and she was right
Pao Vilchis
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
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Kyra Miller
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got this from the public library and it in my opinion is good.
Barb Middleton
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Felicity is mysteriously dropped off at her grandmother’s home in Bottlebay, Maine by her parents. There is so much tension between family members that Felicity wonders what happened to make grandma not come out of the house to greet her son who is Felicity’s dad. Her uncle won’t return her dad’s hug or look at her Mom in greeting. What’s going on? Then there is the wooden door on the second floor that is always closed and that she is to avoid. She knows that someone is in there, but who is it? ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good book about WW2, I really like WW2 stories and this one was really good. It kept me in suspense the whole time and even though I finished it, it's still keeping me in suspense. I DID NOT LIKE THE ENDING. It didn't end well at all. It was an amazing book with great comparisons and WW2 information... and then I got to the end. It's one of those books where you hate it and you love it.
Lauren Kester
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
“The Romeo and Juliet Code” wasn’t the best book I’ve read. I think that it would be better for younger girls. During some parts of the book it was hard to understand what was going on. I think it would have been better if there was more adventure and mystery in the book.

Felicity Bathburn Budwig is an eleven year old girl living during the time of the World War II. Her parents take her to live in Bottlebay, Maine to keep her safe. When they drop her off her parents leave without saying when th
Feb 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Felicity Bathburn Budwig arrives at her father's family home in Maine in the fall of 1940 only to discover that there is tension between her father and his family. She determines not to be influenced by this strange new family, including her Uncle Gideon, Auntie Miami, and The Gram. But as she gets to know them, she realizes that there is more to her family than she ever imagined. The situation gets more complex when she discovers Derek, an adopted boy, who is recovering from polio. When her Unc ...more
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book and might use it as a read-aloud to my class this next year. I certainly plan to read some excerpts and use it as a touchstone book because of the magnificent wording - use of figurative language, particularly. I think we could use it as a mentor piece just for figurative language!

I enjoyed it because it was engaging enough to make me want to keep turning pages to find out what was going to be revealed next. It was not nearly as predictable as some adolescent books I've
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Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a very cute and quirky story :) I quite enjoyed it, and have to say, I'm really liking this authors style of writing and her stories. They're really not as fast-paced as some of the books I've recently read, which honestly I'm kinda finding it a nice break to read a few slower books.

Anyhoo, the characters and story were very well done. I think my favorite character would have to be a toss-up between Fliss or Gideon. Derek is just a little too unpredictable and typical tweenage moody and
Olivia P
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Romeo and Juliet Code
Phoebe Stone
304 pages
historical/realistic fiction.

Flissy B. Budwig expects the united states to be a dreadful and scary new place. After all she has lived in England all of her life. That all changes when she has to come over seas to come to the protected USA in the 1940's. But something happened between her father and her uncle Gideon and Flissy is determined to figure it out. Plus, a boy with polio lives upstairs. Captin Derek. Flissy is changing from Felicity to Flis
Julianna Germono
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The novel, The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone, is about a bright and bold girl named Felicity Bathburn Budwig. Her parents leave her with her father's family in Maine, without an explanation, far from her beloved and endangered home in England. In addition to this culture shock, 11 year old Felicity is frustrated by her quirky and closed-mouthed relatives including secretive Uncle Gideon and Shakespeare-obsesses Aunt Miami. When Uncle Gideon begins to receive mail from Portugal in her fat ...more
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I found this book charming. It is a story about a young girl who is delivered to her grandmother's home under some suspicious circumstances. Her mom and dad don't seem to be welcomed warmly by her dad's brother or mother and when she is left there, no one tells her why or for how long. She struggles with not being able to talk with her parents and not being able to write to them. She has so many questions and no one wants to tell her anything. During the story, many things pop up to give her clu ...more
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I actually read it because my daughter finished it and said I should and I have to admit, the first several chapters I really didn't want to give it a chance. It just started out so strange. But I kept going and ended up really enjoying it. Not only did I love the story, but the writing style was so unique and fun to me. I love when authors have a clever way of writing.

Please just keep in mind, it is a youth book. I've seen criticisms of the cover (no, it doesn't have anything
Janet Frost
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tween
I really enjoyed this sweet story. The protagonist is a very spunky young girl forced to leave London because of the German bombings. She is sent off to Maine to stay with family she has never met. The family is eccentric and lost in their individual failures. She must deal with her own lonliness and confusion, but in the process she pulls the rest of her new family out of their shells and back into life. It is an interesting look at rural America in the year leading up to the US joining the war ...more
May 28, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was not all what I expected, nor how it was advertised. When I first began reading it, I wasn't so sure about it. However, it charmed me. The book was sweet; in fact, probably too sweet for the age group I teach. I would see this more for 5/6 than junior high.

The only major problem with this book is the big reveal at the end. As an adult, I could see it coming. Kids, I don't think, would anticipate it as well. Still, the way the main character simply accepts the news was awkward and we
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love this book! I found the language and descriptions beautiful and the analogies incredibly clever.

However I do have to agree with a couple of criticisms from other people. The front cover had no relation to the story, Felicity did seem very unnaturally over-British at the start and the ending seemed abrupt and unfinished (I almost wrote to the author to beg her to give me additional information about the plot an ending) but recently I found out with great relief that she has writ
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-reads, tween
A sweet read, sometimes bitter-sweet. Lots of secrets and longing swirling around this family. I had to skim ahead to figure out the secrets then could enjoy the writing as they unfolded. Written from the 11 year old's perspective and you get to see her first love unfold. I would enjoy a follow up book to this just so I could see her Aunt's romance continue and maybe her dad find someone, and see if her Danny or Winnie survive (though unlikely).
(adultery insinuated, one taking of God's name in v
Alisa Pelkey
FINALLY FINISH!!!!!!!!! This book took me forever to read and honestly I don't even know what to say about it. I didn't care for this book at all because of the fact that it was historical fiction and the fact that it was slow and not very interesting. I have had classmates that have read it but said they loved it or liked it, it just wasn't my kind of book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a little very little realistic fiction with a lot of historical fiction type of books.
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is so much more than what it appears to be from the cover! Mysterious--with a touch of romance (or should I say LIKING someone)--this story of Felicity, a British girl who goes to live with extended family in Maine during the start of WWII won me over. At first I wasn't sure about Felicity, but I got to understand her better just as she got to understand her family better. I will definitely read more books by Phoebe Stone!
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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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