Cody and the mysteries of the universe

Tricia Springstubb

Book - 2016

Cody anticipates her best friend Spencer's move to her street, and the two investigate the mystery of Mr. Meen, Grandma Grace's next-door neighbor.

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Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2016.
First edition
Physical Description
137 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Main Author
Tricia Springstubb (author)
Other Authors
Eliza Wheeler (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In this second Cody story, Cody's best friend Spencer and his parents move in next-door with his grandmother GG. Unfortunately for Spencer and Cody, they aren't the only kids in the neighborhood. New neighbors Molly and Maxie Meen—the children of the mysterious Mr. Meen—seem intent on living up to their last name. Will they ever be able to all get along? This sequel displays Springstubb's knack for understanding the ever-shifting questions held by readers this age as their awareness of the universe around them grows in leaps and bounds. Brimming with charm, delight, and a diverse cast of characters. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2–5—Cody is ecstatic that her best friend Spencer is moving in around the corner; she can't wait to show him the ropes around school and the neighborhood. But Spencer doesn't seem to need her as much as Cody thought he would: the evil Mrs. Spindle actually takes a liking to him and Spencer seems to have no trouble making friends, leaving Cody on the outside. Add to that her run-ins with the Meens, territorial kids who live next door to Spencer, and Cody's got a lot to deal with this school year. Fans of the first adventure won't want to miss Cody's second, and kids who enjoy series with a standout voice will embrace this well-written series. [Page ]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When Cody's best friend Spencer moves to her street, an excited Cody asks for Spencer's help tackling the mystery of a neighbor who has a skull-and-crossbones sign in his window, while a new school year ushers in "new school jitters" for Spencer, and for Cody, a newly forged bond with a teacher who shares her love for Mozart.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Not everything turns out to be as it first appears when Cody and her best friend, Spencer, navigate a neighborhood mystery and the start of a new school year.Cody’s best friend, Spencer, and his parents are moving in with his grandmother right around the corner, and Cody can’t wait. For one thing, Cody needs Spencer to help solve the mystery of the never-seen Mr. Meen, who lives on the other side of the porch with a skull-and-crossbones sign in the window and an extermination truck out front. How’s Cody to know that a yellow jacket would sting her, making her scream “Ow! Ow!” just as they start spying? Or that the ominous window sign would change overnight to “Welcome home,” only deepening the mystery? In this second adventure, Spencer’s new-school jitters, an unexpected bonding with a teacher over Mozart, and turf-claiming kids next door with a reason for acting out are all part of Cody’s experiences as summer shifts into a new year at school.