The Shadow Cipher

The Shadow Cipher By Laura Ruby, The Shadow Cipher It was when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city towering skyscrapers dazzling machines and winding train lines all running on technology no one had
  • Title: The Shadow Cipher
  • Author: Laura Ruby
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  • The Shadow Cipher By Laura Ruby, It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before Fifty seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher a puzzle laid into the shiningIt was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before Fifty seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little than a tourist attraction.Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long held by the people of New York And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real Which means they have to solve it.From National Book Award Finalist Laura Ruby comes a visionary epic set in a New York City at once familiar and wholly unexpected.
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    About "Laura Ruby"

    1. Laura Ruby

      Raised in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, Laura Ruby now lives in Chicago with her family Her short fiction for adults has appeared in various literary magazines, including Other Voices, The Florida Review, Syca Review and Nimrod A collection of these stories, I M NOT JULIA ROBERTS, was published by Warner Books in January 2007 Called hilarious and heart wrenching by People and a knowing look at the costs and rewards of remaking a family, by the Hartford Courant, the book was also featured in Redbook, Working Mother , and USA Today among others.Ruby is also the author of the Edgar nominated children s mystery LILY S GHOSTS 8 03 , the children s fantasy THE WALL AND THE WING 3 06 and a sequel, THE CHAOS KING 5 07 all from Harpercollins She writes for older teens as well, and her debut young adult novel, GOOD GIRLS 9 06 , also from Harpercollins, was a Book Sense Pick for fall 2006 and an ALA Quick Pick for 2007 A new young adult novel, PLAY ME, is slated for publication in fall of 2008 Her books have sold in England, Australia, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Serbia and Montenegro THE WALL AND THE WING is currently in development with Laika Studios for release as an animated feature Ms Ruby has been a featured speaker at BookExpo, the National Council of Teachers of English NCTE annual convention, the Miami Book Festival, the Florida Association of Media Educators FAME convention, the Midwest Literary Festival, the International Reading Association s annual convention, and Illinois Reading Council annual conference, among other venues, and she has presented programs and workshops for both adults and children at numerous schools and libraries.Currently, she is working on several thousand projects, drinking way too much coffee, and searching for new tunes for her iPod.

    918 thoughts on “The Shadow Cipher”

    1. A wise bookseller friend of mine once said and I m paraphrasing here because she bloody tweets too often to locate the precise words , If you work in a bookstore you are only allowed to invoke The Westing Game three times The first time I did it for Greenglass House by Kate Milford The second time will go to Laura Ruby s York Naturally a librarian reads something like that and their radar starts beeping like mad A Westing Game invocation is no small matter And as luck would have it I had a copy [...]


    2. This was so so so so so good The pacing overall was pretty slow, but the story was so interesting that I didn t have any problems with it Middle grade meets National Treasure ITS ALL I VE EVER WANTED And THERE ARE GOING TO BE MORE BOOKS So so SO pumped.


    3. This book was a pretty fun adventure I loved that Laura Ruby put in a lot of little facts about New York with a combination of fantasy and made up stuff also It made for a good read with three very likeable three main characters.


    4. I m not the sort of person who refers to books at tales or calls myself or other authors a storyteller I m a writer You re a writer We re writers Authors or writers.Except for Laura Ruby Nope, she s a storyteller This is a wonderful story, unlike anything you ve seen before, and she s telling it to you I feel the same way about her wonderful, award winning BONE GAP Years later I still remember that story Not the words The story This is the same I don t really remember the words of this, but I ca [...]


    5. The Shadow Cipher was just meh I went into this expecting the National Treasure like puzzle hunt the synopsis promised which is one of my all time favourite tropes, just FYI but I was completely underwhelmed It did not tap into its potential At all The plot left me desperately wanting but not in a good way The puzzles and ciphers were not nearly as exciting as I would have hoped The story lacked urgency, drive, something to really pull me into the story and never want to leave I think this may [...]


    6. Wow Absolutely, awestruck WOW Middle grade, contemporary, but not our timeline, not steam punk, but other science, verging on the magical Characters were awesome and real, with foibles and strengths Diverse First real book I ve read in a while That may have colored my reading of it slightly in the positive EBooks are great and all, but nothing beats turning real pages and needing an actual bookmark.Despite wanting to skip to the end to see what happened, I did not, as I wanted to travel the jour [...]



    7. Tess and Theo Biederman and friend, Jaime Cruz, live in a Morningstar building in New York City The Morningstar twins came to New York City in the 1800 s and revolutionized the city with engineering feats, such as solar energy, servant robots, skyscrapers, elevators that don t just go up and down, but sideways, beetle machines that clean, and an expansive subway system Then, they vanished, leaving behind a trail of clues to inherit their secrets Great world building, and the three feel compelled [...]


    8. This book Set in an alternate New York City, three kids race against the clock to solve a cipher designed by the city s greatest architects and inventors, the Morningstarrs Though it s a hefty tome, this mystery is full of twists and turns as three kids discover a new clue that takes them down a path of alternate clues to solve the cipher I am not normally a big mystery fan, but I loved the details in the setting the interesting inventions from the Morningstarrs that resulted in an alternate New [...]


    9. So much fun I just love Laura Ruby s writing In this book she makes a lot of changes to New York, but it retains the essence of the city An awesome middle grade that s definitely worth your while


    10. There is a special type of agony in reading a book that you are increasingly enchanted with, with the knowledge that you re not going to get your hands on the sequel for another year, at least.Such was the case with Laura Ruby s exceptional York The Shadow Cipher Ruby has created a fantastic steampunk version of New York, where inventions from the fabled Morningstarr twins, have dominated and ruled the city since 1792 But in 2017, the legacy of the twins including a cipher, allegedly promising t [...]


    11. 4.5This was a sweet mystery about three children who want to try and save there apartment And so Tess, Theo, Jamie, and a big cat go around New York looking for answers Where no 7th graders should go alone but hey this is there city so who knows.This book was told in each of the children POV which was easy to get because it was changed for each chapter The narrator was done by Adam Verner and he did a wonderful job putting a difference between each voice For a 10 hour audio this one went fast an [...]


    12. This is an excellent choice for any and all readers who love puzzles, ciphers, and strategic solving of things As I am not so much a fan of those, the book took me longer to get through than it normally would The writing is excellent Ruby knows how to draw in an audience, develop characters, and create meaningful, layered relationships All of that was definitely my thing Theo, Tess, and Jaime are all excellent characters and their friendship along with the relationships with their wider families [...]


    13. I desperately wanted to be in love with this book Instead I was just in like with it EXCEPT FOR CRICKET Cricket rocks I d read a whole book about the adventures of Cricket and her raccoon cat NO LIE This book had great world building and a killer premise For me though, it had some pacing problems The cypher search seemed really random, far fetched, and slow paced for me in the beginning I would have liked a bit deeper look into the characters in place of the so then we went here, and then we wen [...]



    14. SAVE ME FROM SERIES WITH CLIFFHANGER ENDINGS, SOMEONE I m knocking off a star just for that Otherwise, this is a good fit for anyone who likes The Westing Game though this isn t quite as smart or the Kate Milfords it s a story about kids solving puzzles There are good motivations in place and appropriately slimy villains the kids actually run into obstacles, get scared, and find themselves constrained by their parents a timeline is established and adhered to, so there are real consequences.What [...]


    15. First a note on the audiobook the narrator s voice really didn t work for me, and almost turned me off the story completely I managed by speeding the voice up, which made it far tolerable The premise of this middle grade novel sounded really interesting if also rather similar to Ready Player One but opens up into of a conspiracy magiteck story than a straightforward competition to solve a puzzle for cash I found the beginning _really_ hard to get into, in part from a feeling of having quirkine [...]



    16. This book started out very strong but sort of fizzled out at the midway mark I wish the author had focused on the back story,especially Ava s character and her history.I may read the second book in the series but I will borrow it from the library instead of purchasing it.


    17. 4.5 Laura Ruby might be a sorceress She grips me like no other this book loses half a star for me because I rolled my eyes one time too many, but I couldn t put this book down for one moment, not even to take Frankie outside for her evening outside time she s currently whining as I write this review It s a history mystery with shifting times and perspectives and a speculative steampunky NYC that both makes me want to return to Manhattan and look for treasures in my own beloved city What adventur [...]


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    19. Another book finished within a day So happy I m finally able to do a lot of reading again This one was a lot suspenseful than I expected it to be, and I really enjoyed it I love when books are centered around some sort of a race to solve a puzzle, especially when that puzzle is embedded in history, and this story, set in the city of New York in some parallel universe, was especially intriguing I really loved the characters the main characters family was so eccentric and quirky, and I just absol [...]


    20. This was a brilliant adventure mystery which had me hooked right from the start I liked all the characters as well as the plot The setting is great admittedly I may be biased as I have been to New York a few times and it is one of my favourite cities to visit and I liked the mystery aspect a lot It was never too easy to guess and in some cases things were a complete surprise I am looking forward to the next book.I gave this one 4 and a half stars.



    21. This book is complex and filled with history and action I love that it is the first in the beginning of what seems like it will be an epic story.


    22. 3 kids in New York City looking for a secret message before they lose their apartment building to an evil man What is not to Like Mystery, suspense, adventure, and friendship


    23. Set in a New York probably slightly in the future but with lots of input from the past, this is a mystery thriller with a steam punk feel and an edge of danger Perfect for intermediate age and lower secondary students who like adventure stories The main characters are gutsy, quirky and curious, and there is plenty to keep readers turning the pages.



    24. 4.5 stars.LOVED this It was an incredibly fun, well told, and smart story Very imaginative world building as well.


    25. Excellent from beginning to end Really looking forward to how this trilogy progresses and ends Great characters, fabulous setting.


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