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Six hundred and fifty-seven days ago, Meg Kenyon's father left their home in France to fight for the Allies in World War II, and that was the last time Meg saw him. Recently, she heard he was being held prisoner by the Nazis, a terrible sentence from which Meg fears he'll never return. All she has left of him are the codes he placed in a jar for her to decipher, an affectionate game the two of them shared. But the codes are running low, and soon there'll be nothing left of Papa for Meg to hold on to at all. 

Suddenly, an impossible chance to save her father falls into Meg's lap. After following a trail of blood in the snow, Meggie finds an injured British spy hiding in her grandmother's barn. Captain Stewart tells her that a family of German refugees must be guided across Nazi-occupied France to neutral Spain, whereupon one of them has promised to free Meg's father. Captain Stewart was meant to take that family on their journey, but too injured to complete the task himself, he offers it to Meg, along with a final code from Papa to help complete the mission - perhaps the most important, and most difficult, riddle she's received yet. 

As the Nazis flood Meg's village in fierce pursuit, she accepts the duty and begins the trek across France. Leading strangers through treacherous territory, Meg faces danger and uncertainty at every turn, all the while struggling to crack her father's code. 

The message, as she unravels it, reveals secrets costly enough to risk the mission and even her own life. Can Meg solve the puzzle, rescue the family, and save her father?

©2020 Jennifer A. Nielsen (P)2020 Scholastic Inc.

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I listened to this book at the recommendation of my fifth grade granddaughter. I like to check out what she is reading. She loves the Jennifer Nielsen books. I was pleased to see that the twelve year old girl, Meg, who is the heroine of this book is a strong, independent, fast thinking, mature young woman. She is someone you would want your daughter to emulate. The book has lots of excitement and has historical content. Highly recommend this book. My granddaughter read the book but I listened to the audible version.which was excellent.

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8 yrs old & Mom loved it

My 8 year old is reading the books as a project for school. I started listening to the book so we could discuss it together. The narrator was wonderful. The story is perfect for a younger reader and held my attention too. The book has a strong young female lead and enough about the war to see the horrible truth, but not so much detail to be hard on a young reader. Excellent book - I suggest reading it as a family.

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Good story! Sometimes a bit simple in parts, but I enjoyed the suspenseful ride!

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I couldn’t get past the awful depressed breathy whispering of the narration so I couldn’t stand to listen very long. Maybe this is a good book but I’ll never know.

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love it

my goodness such a good book!!! Love the author and the way she writes all her books

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I LOVE IT!

This book is just as amazing as Jennifer A. Nielsen’s other books, its action packed, and kept me on the edge of my seat until the last page

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Phenomenal!

Phenomenal book! Jennifer Nielsen never disappoints!! A great read for adult, kids, and teens! I was worried about thw similarity to one of her other books but was very pleased. definitely worth reading/listening too!!

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loved this book

The story and reading were impeccable. I loved every moment that I was lost it its pages.

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