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. It does remind me of reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy 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.