Mr. Summerling's secret code

Dori Hillestad Butler

Book - 2021

Mr. Summerling, Marly's neighbor, talked about being a treasure hunter, and news of his death has brought Marly into a treasure hunt of her own. In his will, Mr. Summerling left a treasure for Marly and two classmates, Isla and Sai. They barely know each other, but they have to work together with a series of riddles, puzzles, and clues to find the treasure.

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Butler, Dori Hillestad. Treasure Troop ; 1.
Cryptologic fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
New York : Penguin Workshop [2021]
Physical Description
125 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Ages 7-10.
Main Author
Dori Hillestad Butler (author)
Other Authors
Tim Budgen, 1977- (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Review

Here's a new series from the author of the Buddy Files, Haunted Library, and King and Kayla series. It's been a slow summer for Marly, until she's asked to attend the reading of her next-door neighbor's will. Mr. Summerling, a nice but quirky retiree often seen treasure hunting with his metal detector, named Marly and two classmates, Isla Thomson and Sai Gupta, as beneficiaries of his treasure, provided they can solve a series of puzzles together. Mr. Summerling's son subsequently storms out of the office. Soon the kids, who barely know each other, are following a trail of clever, often encrypted clues. And along the way, they become a good team and, gradually, a trio of friends. With elements of mystery and mild adventure, the first book in the Mr. Summerling's Secret Code series sets up the basic premise and establishes the characters within a simply written story with appealing grayscale illustrations. From an Edgar Award--winning writer, Butler's new mystery series will appeal to transitional chapter-book readers who are intrigued by codes and treasure hunts.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Kirkus Book Review

An 8-year-old's summer gets puzzling when she's named in her neighbor's will. Marly, whose best friend recently moved out of town, didn't even know nice Mr. Summerling had even died, and she certainly doesn't expect to be called for the reading of his will. She had liked the old man, who wandered around town with a metal detector collecting junk, but "he was next-door-neighbor nice, not give-you-something-when-I-die nice." At the will reading, Marly meets her classmates Isla and Sai--and the three of them receive the strangest bequest. Mr. Summerling has left the three of them a treasure, which they can have if they solve a series of puzzles. The three kids barely know one another, but they gamely work together on the clues, each of which is depicted as if a facsimile in Budgen's illustrations. (Each has one component a reader might be able to solve and another only the characters can decipher.) The trio's friendship builds slowly, but they solve well together, and they're friendly kids. Marly, who wears an eye patch for her amblyopia, is startled to learn that Isla wore one herself when she was younger. Both girls are White; Sai is of Indian descent. Both a fun, readable introduction to the process of cracking anagrams and pigpen ciphers and a friendship-oriented chapter book. Maybe the real treasure is the friends they make along the way. (Fiction. 7-9) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.