The Da Vinci Code
Adapted for the young adult reading audience, Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code is every bit the thrill ride and adventure of the original. Robert Langdon is in Paris giving a speech when during the night he is called to the Louvre. There he is informed by the police that the curator of the museum is dead. Little does he know that he is not there because he was the last person listed in the curator’s book for a meeting that never happened, nor is he there to help with the strange positioning and symbols left near the curator’s body–he is there a suspect. When Agent Sophie Neveu comes to rescue Langdon, they end up following clues left behind by the curator, Sophie’s grandfather. However, they are not the only ones. At the end of the treasure hunt is something that many want and some are willing to kill or die for. The chase is on and time fleeting.
While adapted for young adult readers, this version of The Da Vinci Code would still be geared toward readers that fall on the upper end of that age range. While the story, historical information, pictures, and treasure hunt would be appealing to middle school and high school readers, the higher level thinking and inference as well as the heavy subject of the depth and breadth of the church makes it more appropriate for the older readers in this group. Overall, The Da Vinci Code, even adapted, still earns a solid five stars for delivering suspense and facts to its audience.
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