Author: Laura Ruby
narrator: Andy Verner
Summary: it was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.
Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.
This was a sweet mystery about three children who want to try and save there apartment. And so Tess, Theo, Jamie, and a big cat go around New York looking for answers. Where no 7th graders should go alone but hey this is there city so who knows.
This book was told in each of the children POV which was easy to get because it was changed for each chapter. The narrator was done by Adam Verner and he did a wonderful job putting a difference between each voice. For a 10 hour audio this one went fast and kept me interested the whole time.
I loved how they each had a role to play, Jamie drew out when they found a new thing. While Theo was the textbook giving the history. And Tess she is also very smart, but also can lie the best out of the three of them. Also the friendship is sweet for they all are fighting for a common cause and that’s so no one would leave the only home they know. Plus the twins have a giant cat who is everything. She goes along with most of there adventure. She keeps Tess calm and scare off baddies what’s not to love.
Where the puzzles took them was basically all around New York from the Statue of Liberty, to visit Alexander Hamilton, to get on crazy trains, and even go under ground. There was plenty twist and turns some obvious, but there was plenty of them to keep me going into the end.
Alas cliffhangers are not fun, because that ending makes me want the next book which isn’t until next year.