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"A fun series sure to appeal to graduates of Encyclopedia Brown and Ivy & Bean."-- Shelf Awareness When Cody, Quinn, M.E., and Luke receive a cryptic message directing them to Alcatraz Island, the promise of a new adventure, and possible treasure, sets them on the trail to the famous prison to solve a decades-old mystery involving the Alcatraz lighthouse, a jewel thief, and "A fun series sure to appeal to graduates of Encyclopedia Brown and Ivy & Bean."-- Shelf Awareness When Cody, Quinn, M.E., and Luke receive a cryptic message directing them to Alcatraz Island, the promise of a new adventure, and possible treasure, sets them on the trail to the famous prison to solve a decades-old mystery involving the Alcatraz lighthouse, a jewel thief, and his fabled missing haul. If the Code Busters can unravel the secret of Diamond Dave's biggest theft, they could be in for a fortune! Also available in electronic book format (ISBN 978-1-60684-362-8)


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"A fun series sure to appeal to graduates of Encyclopedia Brown and Ivy & Bean."-- Shelf Awareness When Cody, Quinn, M.E., and Luke receive a cryptic message directing them to Alcatraz Island, the promise of a new adventure, and possible treasure, sets them on the trail to the famous prison to solve a decades-old mystery involving the Alcatraz lighthouse, a jewel thief, and "A fun series sure to appeal to graduates of Encyclopedia Brown and Ivy & Bean."-- Shelf Awareness When Cody, Quinn, M.E., and Luke receive a cryptic message directing them to Alcatraz Island, the promise of a new adventure, and possible treasure, sets them on the trail to the famous prison to solve a decades-old mystery involving the Alcatraz lighthouse, a jewel thief, and his fabled missing haul. If the Code Busters can unravel the secret of Diamond Dave's biggest theft, they could be in for a fortune! Also available in electronic book format (ISBN 978-1-60684-362-8)

30 review for The Haunted Lighthouse

  1. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    The Code Busters Club is back, and this time they are given clues that lead them to the haunted lighthouse in Alcatraz. A diamond thief might still have a little treasure hidden for them to find. Exciting in a Three Investigators sort of way, with a lot of codes to solve. Fun!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Cody and the rest of the Code Busters are excited for the next school day because their classes are going on a combined field trip to Alcatraz. The night before they leave, Cody gets a strange e-mail message. Then the four friends get part of a note on their front door step in the morning. It seems to imply that there might be a treasure on the island. Can they figure out what is going on while on the field trip? While the title of the book is a little misleading (we discuss some haunted places b Cody and the rest of the Code Busters are excited for the next school day because their classes are going on a combined field trip to Alcatraz. The night before they leave, Cody gets a strange e-mail message. Then the four friends get part of a note on their front door step in the morning. It seems to imply that there might be a treasure on the island. Can they figure out what is going on while on the field trip? While the title of the book is a little misleading (we discuss some haunted places but never see any), this is a fun book for kids of all ages. The plot moves along quickly, and it included a great twist. The characters are on the thin side, but I’m sure kids won’t notice that. And there is enough information on codes for kids to have lots of fun with them long after they’ve finished reading the book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Teresa

    Originally posted on my blog, ReadLove . *Actual Rating 4.5 stars* The Code Busting fun continues with book two in Penny Warner’s The Code Busters Club series, The Haunted Lighthouse. And this time, mystery ensues when the inquisitive foursome (Cody, Quinn, Luke, and M.E.) embarks on a school field trip to Alcatraz! I was so focused on the interactive aspect in my review of book one that I failed to mention a couple of things which lend additional appeal to the series. Firstly, the characters ar Originally posted on my blog, ReadLove . *Actual Rating 4.5 stars* The Code Busting fun continues with book two in Penny Warner’s The Code Busters Club series, The Haunted Lighthouse. And this time, mystery ensues when the inquisitive foursome (Cody, Quinn, Luke, and M.E.) embarks on a school field trip to Alcatraz! I was so focused on the interactive aspect in my review of book one that I failed to mention a couple of things which lend additional appeal to the series. Firstly, the characters are diverse. Not only do we have an even mix of boys and girls, but the kids are from racially diverse backgrounds, each adding his/her unique perspective and skills to the investigative whole. This time M.E.’s Spanish-speaking abilities come into play. Secondly, diversity comes into the picture with something that’s not often represented or even talked about in kids books. Cody’s little sister’s hearing loss has given Cody fluency in American Sign Language finger spellings. In the opening chapter, there’s a scene which shows Cody and sister Tana communicating this way. Tana delivers a finger spelling message to Cody while Cody’s talking with her friends. I like Tana politely gets word to Cody without disrupting the group. Plus, I like that when Cody’s friends show genuine interest in knowing what Tana said, Cody repeats the signs for them rather than just translating. It adds another puzzle to the reading! How do the games in book two add up? Well, things start off strong with a Sudoku puzzle (this big kid was finally compelled to learn!) that pulls the reader straight into puzzle solving mode. As in book one, experience with finger spelling, Morse code, and semaphore comes into play. And there are even more codes represented this time. Other additions from Warner include Pig Latin, LEET code, Zigzag code, and even telephone code. Additionally, it’s interesting to learn that prisoners at Alcatraz used a tap code to communicate with one another. So we get to try that on for size, too. The codes, clues, and games genuinely add interest and value to the story, never derailing the progress or pull of the plot but rather bolstering both. The strength of this series is that kids will gain knowledge and skills — they will LEARN — without feeling like they are receiving instruction. To them, the experience will feel simply like play. But with clues of varying degrees of difficulty, there will be something for everyone, and even the more advanced kids will find enough to challenge them. What better setting for mystery, intrigue, and edification than Alcatraz! To learn more about Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, the “Birdman” Robert Stroud, and jewel thief Diamond Dave, pick up The Haunted Light House and follow the clues with Cody and the rest of the Code Busters Club. From the prison to the Alcatraz lighthouse, to the bell tower on the UC Berkeley campus, and finally to the Claremont Hotel: will this trail lead to long lost diamonds or a dead-end? You’ll have to read it to find out! Verdict: 4.5 of 5 Hearts.The Code Busters Club Makes Learning Feel Like Fun and Games! Penny Warner’s Agatha Award-Winning The Haunted Lighthouse takes the mystery and fun of the Code Busters Club series to even greater heights. These books contain puzzles and codes your child will love to crack! *Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Egmont USA for providing me a copy of this title. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens

    This sequel is packed with codes -- and you can crack them right along with the characters.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    I did not care for the author’s somewhat excessive interest in the clothing of these kids, but the story held a ten year old boy’s attention and interested him in all different kinds of codes, so, all’s well that ends well.

  6. 4 out of 5

    K Grant

    I liked the mystery involving history and new codes. The story flowed better and the ending was quite satisfactory.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I have not read the first book in this series, but I can't say this book made me want to read more. Quinn, Cody, ME (prizewinner for the dumbest initial nickname ever), and Luke visit Alcatraz Island on a school trip and believe they are on the trail of some stolen diamonds that disappeared years ago. In terms of pure storytelling, it was jarring the way that every couple of pages, there would be a puzzle that the reader has to solve in order to let the story continue. This would be okay if the c I have not read the first book in this series, but I can't say this book made me want to read more. Quinn, Cody, ME (prizewinner for the dumbest initial nickname ever), and Luke visit Alcatraz Island on a school trip and believe they are on the trail of some stolen diamonds that disappeared years ago. In terms of pure storytelling, it was jarring the way that every couple of pages, there would be a puzzle that the reader has to solve in order to let the story continue. This would be okay if the codes were less frequent and worked into the story with a greater amount of finesse a la Brian Jacques, but they are awkwardly shoehorned in and there are too many of them. But their inclusion was positively seamless compared to the history lesson about Alcatraz Island. Did anyone ever read a Babysitters' Club Super Special? If so, do you remember how Mary Anne would carry around a travel guide for the whole book, randomly spouting off shoehorned facts to any of the other kids who would listen so the book would have "educational value"? That's sort of how the park ranger at Alcatraz was. But the real reason this book loses so many points is for its treatment of characters of color. Warner makes a point of including Latina, Asian, and black characters in the "Codebusters' Club," but her knowledge of how to do so deftly and sensitively is practically nil. Quinn, the Asian character, is described on page one as an aspiring video game designer and "math whiz" who enjoys making up Sudoku puzzles for his friends to solve and folds all of his messages to his friends into origami shapes. Luke, the black character, dresses exclusively in New Orleans Saints-themed clothing and is offhandedly mentioned as having been orphaned by "the big flood." Why is it that the only role Latina character M.E. plays in advancing the plot involves communicating with maids in Spanish? And yet despite Warner going out of her way to include three characters of color, both this book and its predecessor are told from the point of view of white girl Cody. The story is bad enough, but the tokenism and over-the-top, tired stereotypes are what really knock this book down to one star. If you want a good multicultural mystery series for this age group, try the Clubhouse Mysteries by Sharon M. Draper instead.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    The Haunted Lighthouse is the second book in the Codebusters Club series and is a fun mystery read for young readers. I really enjoyed reading about Cody, Quinn, Luke and M. E. as they get all excited about their new adventure. At the end of book one they had received a clue about some treasure on Alcatraz. Since they were going to be going Alcatraz on a field trip they new this was a new mystery for them to solve. Each clue is written in some sort of code format which the reader can try and deci The Haunted Lighthouse is the second book in the Codebusters Club series and is a fun mystery read for young readers. I really enjoyed reading about Cody, Quinn, Luke and M. E. as they get all excited about their new adventure. At the end of book one they had received a clue about some treasure on Alcatraz. Since they were going to be going Alcatraz on a field trip they new this was a new mystery for them to solve. Each clue is written in some sort of code format which the reader can try and decipher themselves or cheat like me and look in the back of the book. As the group follows the clues they learn about Diamond Dave who was a jewel thief and was caught and sent to Alcatraz. Rumors of his hidden diamonds has always sparked interest. When the group hears about this they think that is the treasure they are suppose to find. In their excitement to try and locate the treasure, they don’t always pay attention to who is around them when they talk. This sometimes leads them into trouble, especially when a lot of jewels are involved. Their adventure takes them from the prison, to a lighthouse, then a bell tower and more. If you have a young reader who is in the books like 39 clues or A to Z mysteries then they will have a lot of fun with the Codebusters club books. I can’t wait to see what the group is up to in the third book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Have a pad of paper by your side when you read these books. While doing their homework together, they are sent a Cody receives a coded message on her computer. While they solve the clue, they realize it has to do with Alcatraz, where they are going on their field trip the next day. Excited to follow up on all the clues, the four sometimes stray away from the class trip and end up in trouble for this. Eventually they find all the clues and it leads them on a wild chase. I enjoyed the story and so Have a pad of paper by your side when you read these books. While doing their homework together, they are sent a Cody receives a coded message on her computer. While they solve the clue, they realize it has to do with Alcatraz, where they are going on their field trip the next day. Excited to follow up on all the clues, the four sometimes stray away from the class trip and end up in trouble for this. Eventually they find all the clues and it leads them on a wild chase. I enjoyed the story and solving the clues. I am getting very good at fingerspelling once again like how each character has their own strengths in code busting. I do take one exception though, while Cody's little sister is deaf, there would be more use of American Sign Language and many deaf people enjoy music, not through hearing but through the vibrations they feel through the floor. There should be no reason Cody or her mother quite playing the piano, as Tana should be able to feel some of the vibrations if she leans against the piano. Except for those two 'problems' - Warner does mention ASL - the book is a good read for those who enjoy mysteries and like figuring out codes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    A fun middle-schooler book that follows the adventures of the Code Busters Club, a group of four friends who enjoy learning new things and breaking codes. These students are intelligent and fun to get to know. I like the fact that each one of them is different, and brings their own special set of skills to the club. I started reading these because I enjoy Penny Warner's adult mysteries. I'm very happy I looked them up. This one centered around Alcatraz Island and I learned a few things about the A fun middle-schooler book that follows the adventures of the Code Busters Club, a group of four friends who enjoy learning new things and breaking codes. These students are intelligent and fun to get to know. I like the fact that each one of them is different, and brings their own special set of skills to the club. I started reading these because I enjoy Penny Warner's adult mysteries. I'm very happy I looked them up. This one centered around Alcatraz Island and I learned a few things about the former prison that I didn't know. I always consider learning new things a plus when I read a book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    nicole nowak

    very excited to receive this and share with my brother. i will post a review once we have read it. a very nice cover, i felt like it told the age and concepts of the book correctly and make a very good first impression. loving all of the codes and puzzles inside the book so far, not only is reading the book a challenge for my brother, but solving the puzzles is wonderful too. passing this on to a cousin for a christmas present. hopefully he will love it as much as we did. looking forward to gettin very excited to receive this and share with my brother. i will post a review once we have read it. a very nice cover, i felt like it told the age and concepts of the book correctly and make a very good first impression. loving all of the codes and puzzles inside the book so far, not only is reading the book a challenge for my brother, but solving the puzzles is wonderful too. passing this on to a cousin for a christmas present. hopefully he will love it as much as we did. looking forward to getting our hands on more code busters books

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This was my second time reading this book but it was definitely a lot better, as was the suspense. I would recommend this book to pretty much everyone, but especially those who like mysteries, but also like it to be not as scary. I really liked how the book wouldn't show the answer to all the codes so that you would have a chance to decipher them yourself. Solving all the codes in here were really fun, and I also learned a lot of new codes! This was my second time reading this book but it was definitely a lot better, as was the suspense. I would recommend this book to pretty much everyone, but especially those who like mysteries, but also like it to be not as scary. I really liked how the book wouldn't show the answer to all the codes so that you would have a chance to decipher them yourself. Solving all the codes in here were really fun, and I also learned a lot of new codes!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Hart

    I read this to 5th grade classes at my school. They loved the idea of cracking codes to solve the mystery, and were completely intrigued with the story of ex-inmates from Alcatraz and a treasure hunt. As we read the book, we followed the action on maps, since we are in the SF Bay Area. All the action takes place in places many of the kids had been to. Very clever and great mystery reads for middle grades.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    My son (age 7) gives this five stars, and tells me its better, more interesting even, than the first book! He also told me his friend Anya can't wait to get her hands on "The Haunted Lighthouse" when he returns it to the school library. That says it all, doesn't it! My son (age 7) gives this five stars, and tells me its better, more interesting even, than the first book! He also told me his friend Anya can't wait to get her hands on "The Haunted Lighthouse" when he returns it to the school library. That says it all, doesn't it!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    Solving an Alcatraz-related mystery through codes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Staci McLaughlin

    This book was a fun adventure! My son liked reading about kids solving a mystery, and I liked helping him figure out the codes. The Alcatraz setting was a great choice.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This one is also going to my grand nephew. I don't know if he has been to Alcatraz, but I have and it is nicely used here in this plot. This one is also going to my grand nephew. I don't know if he has been to Alcatraz, but I have and it is nicely used here in this plot.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pikesville Library

    2013 Agatha Award Winner

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    A 2nd grade student gave this to me to read. It's all show and no tell, and the stereotypical tokenist diversity is annoying. And for heaven's sake, there is more to ASL than finger spelling. A 2nd grade student gave this to me to read. It's all show and no tell, and the stereotypical tokenist diversity is annoying. And for heaven's sake, there is more to ASL than finger spelling.

  20. 5 out of 5

    TurtleIshida

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ruopu Li

  22. 5 out of 5

    Daniela

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chi

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Martha

  26. 4 out of 5

    Harriette

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeounghee Choi

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hemanshu

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella

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