Cody Greene
Book Summary:

When a painting is stolen from nine year old Cody Greene’s family’s art gallery, he does what any artist does best: he sketches the clues. Through cooking with his friend, visiting the midwife with his mom, hiking with his dad, and helping to prepare for an upcoming art and craft festival, Cody’s homeschooling takes a new turn as he unravels the Case of the Rainbow Mystery.

Joy’s Review

Cody Green is a nine year old homeschooler that lives surrounded by an artist community in Aurora NM, with his parents Bryan and Annette Green, who run several art galleries. His mom is preparing to have a homebirth with her second child. Cody is homeschooled and so is his best friend Violet Anguri, who is also nine. Violet lives with her artist father Arun, and mother Neola who is a police detective. Cody loves to draw and Violet loves hiking and sports, and they both enjoy playing video games together. Shortly before the Aurora Annual Art Festival, seven works of art are stolen from the gallery and each time a basket with produce of the same color as the stolen artwork is left in its place.

The author, Linda Fields, does well portraying these two homeschool families. I think it is nice for homeschooled children to be able to read about other families that homeschool. I also like how the story integrates a multiculture element as Cody’s mom is black and his dad is white. Cody’s best friend Violet’s grandparents had emigrated to the United States from norther India. Cody is able to enjoy exotic dishes such as gulab jamun and pakora, which was a “doughnut-y goodness soaked in sugary rose water”.

Cody Greene and the Rainbow Mystery, is author Linda Fields first book. One of her purposes in this book was to write a story that had different ethnicities in it. While on a trip with her family she came up with the idea to write this very engaging art mystery. I have to say my favorite part of the book though is the fact that the illustrations were done by 10 different artists! I really enjoyed the illustrations and the art and the way the author tied it into the mysterious plot.

I would recommend this book for children ages 8-11, although the plot is basic enough to be understood by a younger child if it was read aloud to them. It would be a good supplemental book for a child to read along with their regular art curriculum. It might also be fun to have your child draw along with the mystery to see if they can figure out where the art is going!


Educational Activities for Cody Greene and the Rainbow Mystery


Take a spelling test using vocabulary from the book.
Similar to Hangman, the objective is to guess the word in a set number of tries.
The objective of this game is to put the words into alphabetical order.
The objective of this game is to put the word back together from a scrambled set of letters.
The objective of this game is to pair cards based on the words and sounds.
  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Do Life Right, Incorporated (April 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982482949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982482940

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