For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it's the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.
Racing against time, Emily and James rush from clue to clue, desperate to figure out the secret at the heart of Griswold's new game―before those who attacked Griswold come after them too.
The paperback edition of Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman features a gorgeous, brightened cover and an interview with the author.
“Full of heart and replete with challenging ciphers for readers to decode, Bertman’s debut is literary cousin to classic puzzlers like The Westing Game.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library will appreciate the abundant literary allusions, and readers will hope for more adventures.” ―Shelf Awareness, starred review
An Amazon Best Book of the Year An Indie Next List Pick A PW Best Book for Summer A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year An Amazon.com Best Book of the Month A Texas Lamplighter Award Nominee A Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award Nominee A Georgia Children's Book Award Finalist
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Here is what my fifth grader thinks of this awesome book:
“Book Scavenger” is an exciting adventure that you will get sucked into, and there is no guarantee you will come out. Emily, the main character has to put up with her parents’ dream of living in 50 homes in 50 states, and the constant moving causes her to never have the chance to put down roots and make friends. When they move to the home of Garrison Griswold, the creator of her all time hobby, Book Scavenger she is thrilled. She meets James, and they become fast friends. Together, they unlock the secrets of Mr. Griswold’s new game. This book is perfect for any future detective, and for every book lover. If I could give this 20 stars I would.
Whenever I take my kids to the library I always look through the new books to see if something looks interesting that they may enjoy. When I read the cover of this one I thought my children may like it,so I checked it out to read a little more. I am so glad I did. This book by Ms. Bertman was a real treat. It has just enough of everything to keep you interested ....mystery, excitement, adventure,great friendships, and a touch of goofiness to make it have great kid appeal. I really couldn't put it down.
Making this book even more fantastic is the history behind it. Ms. Bertman draws your interest with historical facts about Edgar Allen Poe and other authors in history, adding a dash of geographical interest to San Francisco landmarks. If you like ciphers and codes and scavenger hunts you will learn even more tidbits on how codes are made and work.
Well I'm not quite done because it gets even better. While reading I kept thinking to myself how much fun a book...
<b>Does it count if I read this book aloud to my girls, ages 9 and 11 before bed each night?</b> Well, kind of each night...it only took us three+ months, because sprinkled in between were summer trips, dance class, soccer practice, weekend getaways, and that pesky thing called 'school.'
<b>I'm going to go with yes, it counts.</b>So here's my review:
We all loved BOOK SCAVENGER. A lot. Even my hubby and clue-sniffing hound, Betsy got in on the action trying to solve the mystery of the missing/hidden books peppered throughout San Francisco. <b>The storytelling is dynamic, the characters highly engaging, and the historical-literary element a fun surprise.</b>
THE BOOK SCAVENGER revolves around middle school students Emily (the protagonist) and her friend, James as they solve ciphers and more in Edgar Allen Poe's 1843 little-kn0wn short story, THE GOLD-BUG. But there's so much more: middle school angst, big brother issues, a family's...
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