Chester Keene Cracks the Code (Hardcover)
Chester Keene believes that he can be a spy like his absent dad. Chester is a quirky child (OCD). When an equally quirky girl named Skye befriends him, they embark on a spying mission/scavenger hunt. Clues left for them at the local mall take them on a rollicking adventure which includes discovering a possible armored car heist among others. Underlying the story is the real story of Chester's mom and Skye's dad's relationship and the slow realization that life is going to change.— Valerie
Cracking the code isn't all it's cracked up to be in this scavenger hunt adventure from a Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author.
“Delivers a truly fresh mystery — along with a heist, some heartbreak, some unforgettable characters and plenty of laser tag.” —The New York Times Book Review
Chester Keene takes great comfort in his routines. Afterschool Monday to Thursday is bowling, and Friday, the best of days, is laser tag! But Chester has one other very special thing—he gets secret spy messages from his dad, who must be on covert government assignments, which is why Chester has never met him.
Then one day, Chester’s classmate, Skye, approaches him with a clue. They’ve been tasked with a complex puzzle-solving mission. Skye proves to be a useful partner and good company, even if her free-wheeling ways are disruptive to Chester’s carefully built schedule.
As Chester and Skye get closer to their final clue, they discover the key to their spy assignment: they have to stop a heist! But cracking this code may mean finding out things are not always what they seem.
About the Author
Kekla Magoon is the author of many novels and nonfiction books for young readers, including The Season of Styx Malone, The Rock and the River, How It Went Down, and the Robyn Hoodlum Adventure series.
She has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, four Coretta Scott King Honors, the Walter Award Honor, an NAACP Image Award, and been long listed for the National Book Award.
Kekla conducts school and library visits nationwide and serves on the Writers’ Council for the National Writing Project. Kekla holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she now serves on faculty. Visit her online at keklamagoon.com and on Facebook and Twitter (keklamagoon).
★ "Magoon makes space for and celebrates the sensitive and solitary middle-grade readers who are happiest flying under the radar." —Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Engrossing and heartwarming; explores belonging, love, and forgiveness in families and friendships." —Kirkus Reviews
"A wacky adventure that toes the line between playful fantasy and deep-rooted emotional journey." —School Library Journal