The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In 1789, the Morningstarrs arrived in New York and began to build their steampunk vision of New York. When the architects disappeared over a half-century later, they left behind the Old York Cipher, a puzzle hidden in the wondrous city they created. No one has been able to solve it.
But now, solving the cipher is the only way Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jamie Cruz will be able to save their Morningstarr apartment building. A developer plans to raze the building, possibly destroying clues to the cipher and definitely destroying the only home the three kids have ever known.
Ruby has created a shining world of mysteries and clues in The Shadow Cipher. The New York of this world is both familiar and magical place for discoveries, and Ruby's skill as a storyteller is on display on every page.
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