Breaking the Code: A novel

Book Review:

Breaking the Code

by G.B. Mackenzie

Breaking the Code is about a 12-year-old boy who is good at solving problems. Cayden is intrigued by a mysterious scroll he sees during a class trip to a museum, and resolves to break its obscure, coded message. But his biggest problem is that he cannot read; he is bright and inventive and has a remarkable memory, but the letters on the page just don’t make sense.

With the assistance of a supportive and open-minded teacher, Cayden discovers our website at and embraces the hope that he has found a path toward overcoming his own dyslexia. At first, he tries the techniques he reads about on his own; later his parents arrange for a full Davis program with a local Facilitator.

Cayden’s story is told with a series of short chapters with shifting perspectives: from Cayden’s own words, his parents, his teacher, his older brother, his neurodiverse classmates.

Although it is a work of fiction, the book provides an insightful exploration of the many talents and interests accompanying learning differences. Cayden exemplifies the type of motivation and dedication that is the key to success and mastery. His teacher and his parents demonstrate the importance of consistent support and encouragement.

The book’s author, G.B. Mackenzie, holds a doctorate in Developmental Psychology and Education from the University of Toronto, and has published research into reading comprehension and ADHD.

  • Title: Breaking the Code, A novel about a boy overcoming more than his dyslexia
  • Publisher : Library and Archives Canada
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927710579
  • Author : G,B. Mackenzie, PhD.
  • Author Website :