Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman - ESSENTIAL

Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss Book Scavenger, 368 pages.  Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2015.  $17.  

Emily, 12, is not happy about her family moving yet again, but at least this time she has arrived in San Francisco, the home of the inventor of her favorite online obsession – Book Scavenger.  Think geocaching with books, where you can leave a book friend behind for someone else to discover, as you pick up a new friend that someone else left earlier.  Garrison Griswold, the originator of the game, is supposed to announcing a new puzzle today.  Instead, he has been mugged and is in the hospital.  While investigating with her new friend, James, Emily discovers a book which she suspects may be the beginning of Griswold’s game.  The hunt has begun! If only Emily can keep things secret from the cheaters and the nasties who are more than happy to get in her way. 

So many fun puzzle books being published right now.  I had a great time following Emily and her friend as they decipher and follow the clues.  A little bit a of danger ( not too much) and a whole lot of fun. 

EL, MS – ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS.

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