Author: Maggi Andersen
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Book Description: After inheriting an old book containing a map from his Great Uncle Jake, Joe Jones travels to Dog Head Island, keen to find buried treasure. But in this isolated, inhospitable place, nothing is as it seems. Nothing, but the snakes that inhabited it. And Jake has a strong aversion to snakes!
Review: Maggi Andersen’s Dog Head Code is a fun mystery suitable for all ages.
When Joe inherits an old book from his Great Uncle Jake, it lures him into a mystery involving a code, a marked map, and an ancient Aztec god. With his mom, teacher, and friend at his side, they travel to Dog Head Island. While the island slowly gives up its secrets, they have to find a way to survive.
Dog Head Code spans several months while we delve into the enigma surrounding the book’s code and map. Andersen does an excellent job letting us know about the characters through the span of the book. Sometimes the voice isn’t quite as teenage boy as I would’ve liked, but it does remind me of reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys novels as a child. The revelation in Dog Head Code brings back fond memories of Scooby Doo Mysteries. I particularly love the Aztec elements within as well. Andersen shows she did her research.
Overall, I would recommend Dog Head Code. It’s a fun, touching story with a great mystery element to it.