Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Book Scavenger by: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Do you like a good mystery?  Do you enjoy figuring out secret codes and ciphers?  Do you like games?  If you answered yes to any of these questions this is the next book you should read.

Book Scavenger is the first novel written by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman and I loved it.  Emily and her family move around the country because her parents think it would be great to live in all 50 states.  Every few years it is a new home, school and friends that faces Emily and now it is San Francisco CA.  She isn't happy about the move but she loves playing the book game "Book Scavenger" that was created by her literary idol:  Garrison Griswold.  Since Garrison Griswold lives in San Francisco she is sure that she can not only meet more "Book Scavenger" friends, but also play one of his local games and maybe meet him!

James lives in the apartment above her family and they are soon friends because they both love to work on and figure out puzzles especially ciphers.  Soon after Emily's arrival, Mr. Griswold is attacked in the BART subway station.  He is in the hospital in critical condition.  James and Emily find a rare book written by Edgar Allen Poe and Emily is sure it is the first clue in the new Garrison Griswold book game.  She has a hard time convincing others that it is in fact the new game that was promised by Mr. Griswold but she keeps working on the clues hoping she can find the promised treasure.  Emily makes friends and finds more help in some very unlikely places.  Danger is something her and James face as they get closer to the treasure. Will they find it before getting hurt or perhaps kidnapped?

Emily not only gets to participate in fun mysteries in her new town, she makes a great friend in James and learns how to be a good friend herself.  I am sure anyone that enjoys games will enjoy this fantastic story.

Happy Daily Reading

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