Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

THE CIPHER, by John C. Ford


The story: Smiles has lived his whole life in the shadow of his father, tech giant Robert Smylie. Wanting to do something amazing on his own, he figures our a plan to help his neighbor Ben sell a top-secret mathematical formula to the government (and keep a cut for himself, of course). Everything goes along just fine–right up until Ben gets kidnapped and Smiles loses one girlfriend and finds another, and even discovers the truth about his mother’s disappearance when he was a baby. All in just one weekend! With his entire inheritance at stake, it doesn’t seem that the stakes could get any higher until the truth comes out…and all of a sudden, it does. All of a sudden, it’s life or death. And not just HIS life, or his death.

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: In the course of one eventful weekend, everything changes for both Smiles and his longtime girlfriend Melanie.  If you’ve ever thought that rich kids don’t have problems, take a look at this one!


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