Written by Tricia Springtubb
Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
Loveable characters and a relatable plot make this, the second Cody book, a lot of fun to read. Add to that beautifully understated illustrations and you have a winner.
Cody is trying to get a handle on the ways of the world, and that includes learning patience and acceptance. Her best summer friend, Spencer, is moving in permanently with his grandmother, GG. Cody finds that Spencer doesn’t always agree with her nor does he want to spend all his time with her. He spends a good deal of time with a third friend, Pearl, who has agreed to accompany his violin with her piano. Even when they’re together, Cody and Spencer must deal with the evil Meen neighbors, who seem very angry about something. Then there’s the Spindle, or Mrs. Spindle, Spencer’s new teacher who Cody dislikes and Spencer adores.
A good feature of this story is that it’s subtly diverse in a variety of ways, but the characters mesh well. Spencer is black, loves classical music, and plays a violin. Cody is white, relates to pop music, and has a truck driver father. Pearl does origami. The neighbors love tattoos and spiked hair.
- Title: Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe
- Author: Tricia Springtubb
- Illustrator: Eliza Wheeler
- Published: Candlewick Press, 2016
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
- Grade Level: 2 to 5
- Genre: Chapter book, Friendship, Family
- ISBN: 978-0-7636-5858-8