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?
Great pacing, dialogue, and descriptions of Nazi occupied France in 1942. Meg is determined and loves to crack codes. When her British father leaves two years previously, he leaves behind a jar filled of codes to crack. Her knowledge of how to decode messages will help her not only on a journey to help some people fleeing the Nazis, but help her find her father. The codes are broken down so readers can see how they're done. Added bonus at the end of the story is a glossary of different coding methods and ways to make your own.
Readers follow Meg as she tries to crack a message left by her father. She'll encounter resistance fighters, Nazi officers, and someone who isn't all they seem to be.
Fast-paced, captivating historial novel where a young French girl's love of coding helps her not only find her missing father, but help others fleeing the Nazis during WWII. Totally recommend.
2. Added bonus-how to make your own secret codes at back of the book