The Secret of the Skeleton Key

The Code Busters Club, Case #1: The Secret of the Skeleton Key
by Penny Warner (Author)

Booktalk: Cody, Quinn, Luke, and M.E. may be really different, but they all share one thing in common: they love playing around with codes. In fact, they love codes so much, they have their own private club, with a super-secret hideout and passwords that change every single day.

When Cody and Quinn notice what could be a code on the window of a nearby house, the one owned by their strange neighbor, the guy they call Skeleton Man, the club gets to work. And it is a cry for help!

Now the Code Busters are on the case—and nothing will stop them from solving the mystery and finding the secret treasure that seems to be the cause of it all!

This exciting interactive mystery offers more than fifteen codes for you to decipher, including the Consonant code, Morse code, and American Sign Language. Test your brain with the Code Busters and solve the mystery along with them. (Answers are in the back, if you ever get stuck.)

Snippet: Dakota–Cody–Jones had just finished creating a puzzle for the Code Busters Club to decipher when she heard three quick taps on her upstairs bedroom window. She sat up at her desk and tuned her head, listening intently.

Three more taps–this time spaced a beat apart.

Then three more quick taps, just like the first three.

Cody darted to the window the minute she recognized the SOS call.

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Labrador Retriever: Most Popular

Labrador Retriever: Most Popular (Big Dogs Rule!)
by Jessica Rudolph (Author)

Booktalk: Labrador retrievers aren’t just big dogs–they are also dogs with big hearts!

Snippet: Although Labrador retrievers were raised to be hunters and retrievers, they also make great family pets. In fact, they have been the most popular AKC registered dog breed in the United States for years.

Nonfiction Monday

This week’s Nonfiction Monday Round-up host is Check It Out

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July Carnival of Children’s Literature

Welcome to the July Carnival of Children’s Literature!

Carnival of Children's Literature

After blogging at Live Journal, Blogger, Typepad, and WordPress for seven years, I am blogging on my own webpage at long last. (I started blogging on Live Journal in 2005. I’ve been trying to figure out how to host my own blog ever since!) Do you believe in magic? How about a touch of fairy dust?


Book Projects

It’s Not Fairy

After you read It’s Not Fairy (and bake a cake, too!) learn how to make your own fairy wands (see the photo above, they can actually sprinkle REAL fairy dust!) with Zoe at Playing by the book.

Giraffes Can't Dance

Join Kerry at Picture Books & Pirouttes for a Read & Romp Roundup focusing on the intersection between children’s literature and movement.

The Mighty Miss Malone

The Librarians of the NJLA Children’s Services Section invite you to join the discussion at Newbery Blueberry Mockery Pie. Begin with The Mighty Miss Malone.

Early Literacy

Which Ones Will Grow

Camille shares Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?, a fun flip book that looks at how things grow (If a duckling can grow to a duck can a car to a truck?) at A Curious Thing.

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters

Imagination came knocking at Jeanette‘s door in the form of a very creative six year old. Read about his imaginary twin, visiting elephant and his favorite book, Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters, in her blog, SpeakWell, ReadWell.

Knuckle & Potty Destroy Happy World

Amitha reviews of one of her toddler’s latest favorites from the library, Limelight Larry by Leigh Hodgkinson at Monkey Poop.

Ladybug Girl

Read Julie‘s series about her quest to find “better” princess picture books at Instantly Interruptible.

Yawning Yoga

Darshana reviews Yawning Yoga, a unique concept book which engages kids in simple yoga exercises for the body and mind as part of a bedtime routine at Flowering Minds.


At Kid Book Ratings, Erik shares an unknown gem, Z is for Moose.


On July 1st, Gail remembered Canada Day, and memories of good books by Canadian authors at Original Content.

The False Prince

Anyone who enjoys books about castles, swordfights, and plucky orphans should look no further than The False Prince, the first book in Jennifer A. Nielsen’s Ascendance Trilogy, says Jen at Jen Robinson’s Book Page.

My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer

A review and opening for discussion of Jennifer Gennari’s My Mixed Up Berry Blue Summer begins with Jennifer at JeanLittleLibrary.

The Stone Hatchlings

At Literary Lunchbox, Ali highly recommends Wonder, the story of August Pullman, a boy with severe facial deformities who is entering school for the first time as a fifth grader.

The Stone Hatchlings

Over at Perogies & Gyoza, Jen highlights The Stone Hatchlings, the newest book from fab Canadian duo Sarah Tsiang and Qi Leng, about a little girl with a lot of imagination and love to share.

Brides of Rollrock Island

Maeve at Yellow Brick Reads reviews Margo Lanagan’s Brides of Rollrock Island, an evocative and at times disturbing exploration of the Selkie myth. Blending folklore and fairy tale, Lanagan’s explores the consequences of creating the sea-wives to live on the Rollrock community.

Knuckle & Potty Destroy Happy World

Ostensibly a review of Knuckle & Potty Destroy Happy World, Lisa at Shelf-employed says her post is a reminder of why librarians read and review books. It’s not for us. It’s for them.


Brenda of proseandkahn contributes Plunked by Michael Northrop, an appealing middle grade sports novel.

The Little Prince

At BookEnds, Danna discovers how the same book (The Little Prince), read as a little girl, a second grader and a college student, can teach new lessons.


Amy at Delightful Children’s Books brings us Selma by Jutta Bauer, an unassuming book about an unassuming sheep that poses the big question: “What is happiness?”

Sam the Cat

Susan at The Book Chook shares Sam the Cat, saying “I love children’s picture books that appeal to both adults and kids.”


The Roller Coaster Kid

Go behind the scenes at TeachingAuthors and see what inspired Mary Ann Rodnam‘s acclaimed new picture book, The Roller Coaster Kid. It’s much more than riding roller coasters.


Kate at Book Aunt reviews Diana Wynne Jones’s upcoming book of essays about writing, Reflections, along with a brief look at several other books of essays by or interviews with well-known children’s book authors.

Morris Lessmore cover

Mary Ann interviews William Joyce, the creator of the Cybils book app finalist and Oscar award winning short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore at Great Kid Books.

Morris Lessmore interior

Mary Ann had the amazing opportunity to talk with William Joyce about the background to this book and his views on the intersection between books, apps and film.

The Secret Life of Copernicus Stringfellow

At A Thousand Wrongs, Laurisa interviews Lorin Barber, author of The Secret Life of Copernicus Stringfellow, a new book for middle grade readers. (The author is giving away a copy. Ends 7/30)

CBI Clubhouse

At CBI Clubhouse, Jane McBride Choate has step-by-step advice for authors seeking representation — and some caveats about the types of agents to avoid.


Barnum's Bones

Who doesn’t dream of digging up dinosaur bones? says Jeanne at True Tales & A Cherry On Top. This new picture book biography tells just such a true story — Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World.

Joan of Arc

Louise at A Strong Belief in Wicker read a beautifully illustrated book about Joan of Arc by Demi whilst celebrating the joys of Paris all month.

Barnum's Bones

Bon Appetit: The Delicious Life of Julia Child is a wonderful book to share with children that will likely inspire further exploration and learning, just as Julia herself did, writes Roberta at Wrapped In Foil.

Citizen Scientists

Shirley at SimplyScience says Citizen Scientists shows young people how they can make a difference in their world by involving them in science in a meaningful way.

That wraps up our carnival this month. (Did you know that Melissa Wiley started this carnival in 2006? She hosts her blog on her own webpage too, now. Check out Melissa and Scott’s new webcomic, Into the Thicklebit.)

Into the Thicklebit

In August, proseandkahn will be our carnival host. The Google Docs form to add your post to the carnival will go live on the second Saturday of the month on the carnival page on this Booktalking blog.

Thanks for visiting!

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