Book Scavenger

 
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Fifty homes in fifty states is the goal.  Twelve-year-old Emily and her older brother, Matt, know they won't be staying long in one place as long as their parents keep trying to meet the goal that supports their blog.  Emily doesn't risk making friends.  It's hard to always be the new girl and it's hard to say goodbye.  

The one thing Emily does connect with as she picks up and puts down from state to state is an online website called Book Scavenger.  The creator is Emily's favorite author,  Garrison Griswold.  No matter what state you're in there are fellow book scavengers hiding books and finding books in unexpected places.

As Emily moves into her new home in San Francisco,  a boy comes down from upstairs to meet her.  James Lee is his own man, antlers and all, and he and Emily quickly join forces to figure out what is going on with Book Scavenger.

Seems there is to be a new game but something dark has happened to Griswold.  Emily never expected her path to lead her into a real mystery but suddenly she's discovering clue after clue and along with James she's scouring the city and working to make and break codes and ciphers to bring them to the truth and maybe to win the game.

For readers who loved Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library here is another intriguiing tale to challenge your skills.  Adventure, puzzles to solve and good friends make this one a sure winner.

Many references to Edgar Allan Poe, Jack Kerouac and other literary figures.  Great fun!

343 pages  Ages 9-12  978-1627791151

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

 

Read alikes:  Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library; Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics; Gollywhopper Games; Chasing Vermeer;

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