22718727Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Source: Publisher! (Thank you!)
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Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

A hidden book. A found cipher. A game begins . . . .

Twelve-year-old Emily is on the move again. Her family is relocating to San Francisco, home of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger, a game where books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles. But Emily soon learns that Griswold has been attacked and is 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 and leads to a valuable prize. But there are others on the hunt for this book, and Emily and James must race to solve the puzzles Griswold left behind before Griswold’s attackers make them their next target. – Goodreads

Review:

Book Scavenger is one of the cutest middle grade books I have read in quite sometime. Book Scavenger is the story of Emily, who’s family is constantly on the move. Her family rarely lives in a place long enough for Emily to find friends with a goal to have 50 homes in 50 states for blog fodder. Emily and her older brother are over it, but how do you tell your parents that you’ve had enough? You don’t.

This time they are brought to San Francisco and Emily is thrilled. She participates in a book scavenger group and her literary idol, Garrison Griswold, lives there. What Emily doesn’t expect is to get caught up in the middle of a caper and form a new friendship while participating. I found this whole book to be just a really, really cute book and while I was annoyed at Emily’s parents for not seeing that their children had enough of moving, I also understand that if kids don’t say anything to parents, they don’t always get it.

But this isn’t the story of Emily being annoyed that they moved again. It’s the story of Emily, and her new friend James, that lives below her in the apartment. Between the two of them, their love of clues, and an old book the reader is taken on a journey that is unexpected not only for Emily, but also the reader. I was pleasantly surprised by the Book Scavenger and recommend it for anyone that enjoys mysteries.