The Mona Lisa Key

The Mona Lisa Key

When Matt, Ruby, and Corey Hudson discover their subway train is actually a time-traveling eighteenth-century frigate captained by a mysterious pirate, they are thrown into a series of adventures that offer cryptic clues about their past and their future....

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Title:The Mona Lisa Key
Author:Liesl Shurtliff
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0062568132
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

The Mona Lisa Key Reviews

  • michelle
    Jul 21, 2018
    * Thank you to Eidelweiss and Harper Collins for an advanced DRC of this book. All opinions are my own. While a big fan of Liesl Shurtliff, this particular book didn't grab me the way I had hoped it would. The concept of three kids traveling through time seemed fascinating, but I ke...
  • Ruth
    Sep 22, 2018
    A fun read. Looking forward to reading more. ...
  • Sheery
    Apr 06, 2019
    This is a fantastic, wonderful and imaginative book that my kids and I read together! Siblings, Mateo, Corey and Ruby go on an unexpected time-traveling adventure with a time pirate and his interesting entourage. The siblings learn a lot about one another while they go to different tim...
  • Amy
    Oct 26, 2018
    I really loved this book! The story was fresh and original, the characters unexpected and engaging, and the plot fast-paced and full of fun turns and surprises. I can't wait to read the other books in this new series! ...
  • Mindy
    Nov 29, 2018
    I am a huge fan of Liesl Shurtliff's books. She always writes fun, sweet, all out wonderful books, so I was excited to read this new series from her! The Mona Lisa Key is a nonstop, time traveling, thrill ride of an adventure. I absolutely loved it. The characters are fantastic and the...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jul 17, 2018
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Did not meet the needs of my collection at this time. ...
  • Mary
    Oct 13, 2018
    It took me awhile to get into this one but by the end I was hooked. Looking forward to the next one. ...
  • Valerie McEnroe
    Nov 06, 2018
    I'm giving this 2 stars only because it's written by Liesl Shurtliff who wrote the best fairytale series out there. I'm a big fan of hers, so this book is a major disappointment. She had me in the beginning. I love the idea of three kids with an overprotective mom who ironically collec...
  • PaleHorsemen
    Apr 13, 2018
    Read for a review. A good book about time adventures and family ...
  • Michele Knott
    Aug 18, 2018
    I really liked the story until the end. The end I loved because it was fast and fun but then I didn?t like it at all because it ended!!! Already looking forward to book #2.... ...
  • Lisa D
    Oct 10, 2018
    Great book! Great adventure! I love a good adventure ! Totally different than her other series! Great start to a series! Well written! Loved it! ...
  • Pam
    Nov 07, 2018
    First book in her new series. This time her characters are time traveling pirates who steal treasures throughout the ages. The three main characters are children in the same family - one is adopted and hints are given that this will be significant in this trilogy. They are kidnapped b...
  • Tirzah
    Oct 21, 2018
    3.5 rating This was a fun, action-packed read with a mix of time travel and clue hunting. At times, it reminded me of the Castle Glower series, 39 Clues, and The Dead Gentleman. There is a theme of strong family bonds and sticking with family, no matter what. Readers also learn fact...
  • Darla
    Sep 05, 2018
    There are a number of moving parts in this book -- literally. The time travelling ship can morph into most any other type of transportation from a yacht to a train to a golf cart. Behind all the travelling is a magic compass. I got a bit of a Back In Time vibe from this book. This seri...
  • Kales
    Oct 03, 2018
    What a surprising and delightful book! I did not expect to love it do much and now it has turned into one of my favorite middle grade reads in a long time. I originally picked up this book because of the time travel element and the whole idea of time pirates appealed to me. It was s...
  • Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh
    Sep 11, 2018
    When Matt Hudson and his slightly younger twin siblings Ruby and Corey board a Metro train in their home town of New York City, they learn why their parents have always strict forbidden them from taking public transit. The children wind up on the Vermillion, a time-travelling ship, hea...
  • Délice
    Jan 07, 2019
    What a fun adventure! This time traveling story kept me eguessing at what would happen next. There were so many plot twists I lost track, and I loved reading about the growing friendships between the siblings. The ending was such a cliffhanger, I can't wait to read the sequel when it c...
  • Elevetha
    Dec 11, 2018
    An enjoyable MG featuring time travel, betrayal, a creepy highly intelligent rat, and siblings(!). The plot twist was heavily predictable and the plot regarding anything actually having to do with the Key or Mona Lisa or what it unlocks was very slight. We spent a lot more time (lo...
  • Teresa Osgood
    Oct 22, 2018
    The idea of a time-traveling pirate with a small, handheld controlling device reminded me, immediately, of the old Voyagers show. Ah, happy memories. This story is actually completely different, which is fine. The device controls a shape-shifting ship, which is actually pretty cool. Ma...
  • The Grimm Reader
    Jan 18, 2019
    This book is so cute! I have never come across or loved a fictional mom more than I loved the one in this book. This is one of the ridiculous cute middle-grade novels that just make you feel warm and fuzzy to read. And the plot is SO good. You get taken on a magical adventure that ...
  • Stefanie
    Nov 11, 2018
    What a fun time traveling adventure!!! The Hudson children?s parents work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Their frazzled start to the school day leads them to a subway car adventure they never imagined! Once they discover they have entered a time traveling ship, they don?t want ...
  • Kristen
    Oct 19, 2018
    I think this is the beginning of a great book series! First of all - the main characters are quite enjoyable. I think that middle grade readers will relate to parts of each of them. There are also secondary characters that are wonderful as well. I especially liked Jia and Pike. It f...
  • Grace T
    Oct 18, 2018
    Really fun middle-grade book! Time travel, pirates, betrayal, new friendships and old siblingships. You think it's tying up nicely, and then--it does, but you need the second book anyway because one very important question is yet to be answered. ...
  • Suzanne Maley
    Mar 26, 2019
    I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected and look forward to future time traveling adventures by the Hudson family. ...
  • Ken
    Jul 27, 2018
    A most imaginative read. I think I may have taken that train. Excellent read for YA. ...
  • Nicole Wagner
    Jul 31, 2018
    Disclaimer: did not finish. I received an advance reader copy of this book, and I'm aware that it's an uncorrected proof. But the continuity problems were bad enough to make this already bland book plainly unreadable. Example: trio of kids gets on subway on their way to school. ...
  • Erin
    Feb 22, 2019
    Cute. Pretty light-hearted, but still had some action/fighting scenes. There were a couple fun twists, but not entirely unexpected ones. I guessed the main one pretty early on, but I did miss another. I didn't really get in to the characters. Partially because they didn't really alwa...
  • VIBookCrate
    Nov 21, 2018
    The Hudson siblings have very few rules. They are not allowed to talk to strangers and they are definitely not allowed to take public transportation without an adult. One morning after their parents mysteriously take off in the early hours ? the children decide to break those rules a...
  • Lynn
    Mar 29, 2019
    This is Liesl Shurtliff's best book yet! It's full of action, adventure, mystery, friendship, and a few MAJOR plot twists that will keep you hooked to the very last page. ...
  • Anja
    Nov 22, 2018
    This was a really intriguing juvenile fantasy book. I've read many time-travel books but this one wasn't overdone or too complicated so that was really refreshing. I really enjoyed Matt and his siblings, as well as Jia, Pike, and the rest of the crew. I really liked the fast-paced writ...