Fresh off a fearsome encounter with the Neverland crocodile, Jocelyn Hook decides the most practical plan is to hunt down her father’s famous fortune. After all, she’ll need the gold to fund her adventuring in the future. (And luckily, Hook left her the map.)
But the map proves to be a bit harder to crack than Jocelyn had hoped, and she’s convinced that the horrible Peter Pan might be the only one with the answers. Of course, he doesn’t really feel like helping her, so Jocelyn takes the only reasonable course of action left to her: she kidnaps his mother. Evie, though, is absolutely thrilled to be taken prisoner, so Jocelyn’s daring ploy doesn’t have quite the effect she’d planned for.
Along with the problem of her all-too-willing captive, Jocelyn must also contend with Captain Krueger, whose general policy is that no deed is too dastardly when it comes to stealing Hook’s treasure. And with the ever-shifting Whens of the Neverland working against her as well, Jocelyn, Evie, Roger, and the rest of the Hook’s Revenge crew have their work cut out for them (goodreads.com).
After reading Hook’s Revenge last year and figuring out there was going to be a sequel I was very excited! I loved the first book a lot and couldn’t wait to read about Jocelyn’s next adventure.
The Pirate Code takes place where the previous book left off with Jocelyn wanting to find her father’s treasure. She finds out that the map that was left to her is harder to decode than anticipated so much of the story is about going on adventure exploring Neverland and figuring out how to read the map to locate the treasure. This is a very exciting adventure filled with puzzles, pirate battles, and of course betrayals that will appear to many middle grade readers who love treasure hunts or want a good adventure story.
The pacing of the book is perfect as well as the amount of detail. The story was never to slow or moved to quickly; I was entertained from the very beginning. Everything and everyone was described perfectly, especially for a short middle grade novel. It was exciting trying to figure out where the treasure was located based upon a clue that Jocelyn finds on the map, and all the battles that take place were very entertaining and not overly done. Overall, a very engaging, engrossing plot that will appeal to many young readers.
Jocelyn and Roger are just as great as ever, and I loved seeing their relationship develop throughout the story. This was very subtle and in no way inappropriate for the target audience. The feelings they share are very real and they definitely have their ups and downs, but you can still tell that they really care for each other. What I love is that this romance was very minimal and adorable, and didn’t distract at all from the story. It just added a little bit to it.
The new character introduced in this book is Evie who I enjoyed about as much as Jocelyn. They are very similar and for a very good reason, but you will have to find out why their friendship becomes so important in the novel! 🙂 You will also see how alike they really are.
What I really enjoy about the characters in these two books are that they are so distinct and entertaining. I love reading about all the characters on Jocelyn’s crew because it is very easy to tell them apart and they all have their own problems and personalities that you can’t help but love.
I adore the writing in this novel and I think a lot of it has to do with the hilarious, sarcastic narrator! Love him! The story is very easy to read for the intended audience and, like in some books, I didn’t find it to be annoyingly written or too wordy.
This is a fantastic addition to the series, yet sadly, appears to be the last. Hopefully the author will write another exciting adventure with Jocelyn and Roger. Anyone who enjoyed the first novel or is looking for a fun, exciting adventure story will love these books! I do recommend reading the books in order because there are references from the first book in the second one and you will enjoy this one more anyway if you read Hook’s Revenge first.
My rating: 4/5
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