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Title:
Book Scavenger

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Book scavenger.
Title:
Book Scavenger
Publisher Info:
New York : Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company, [2015]
Physical Description:
354 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Series:
Book scavenger ; [book 1]

Book scavenger.
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Abstract:
Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.

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A New York Times -Bestseller!

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.

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Author Notes

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds an MFA in creative writing and has worked for literary agencies, magazines, educational publishers, and as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader. Book Scavenger is her debut novel.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

When your parents' blog is called 50 Homes in 50 States, you had better be able to make new friends easily, but Emily Crane, 12, is shy. Still, there are two positives about her latest address: James, the fellow puzzle-lover downstairs, and the location-San Francisco, home to Garrison Griswold, the "Willy Wonka of book publishing." Griswold is the mastermind behind Book Scavenger, a book-trading game with half a million followers, Emily included. After Griswold is gravely wounded by thieves who are after his special edition of Poe's The Gold-Bug, the book winds up in Emily's possession; she and James must solve the mystery surrounding the book before the bad guys do. 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, and a story that values books and reading above other pursuits. Sure to be popular with voracious readers, it's also a valentine to anybody who knows that a 13-digit clue that begins with 978- is not a phone number. Art not seen by PW. Ages 9-14. Author's agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

To Emily, who has moved 8 times in her 12 years, San Francisco seems the ideal place to live. She quickly finds a good friend in her neighbor James, and the city is the headquarters of her beloved Book Scavenger game, which combines reading, puzzle solving, and treasure hunting. After Garrison Griswold, the game's creator, is mugged, Emily finds a unique book near the crime scene. Soon she and James are playing Griswold's new game, trying to elude the thugs who attacked him and investigating who is behind the crime. The occasional black-and-white illustration, cipher picture, or map adds to the fun for readers, who will want to play along and they can, too, at www.bookscavenger.com. Well paced and involving, the story will intrigue kids with an interest in mysteries and codes as well as books. The writing includes references to local landmarks as well as literary allusions to Jack Kerouac, Robert Louis Stevenson, and, especially, Edgar Allan Poe. A lively first novel, this could be the start of a new mystery series.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Twelve-year-old Emily has moved again. Her parents' quest to live in all 50 states has now led the family to San Francicso. While Emily is weary of moving and yearns for a chance to put down some roots, she is excited about this move to the home of her literary idol, Garrison Griswold, book publisher extraordinaire and the creator of Emily's beloved Book Scavenger, an online puzzle game inviting players to follow clues and find books hidden all over the country by other players. But as Emily arrives in the city, Griswold is attacked and left in critical condition just before announcing the details of his latest game. Shortly after the incident, Emily and her new friend and fellow puzzle enthusiast, James, find a book that they are certain is connected to Griswold and his game. Following the clues, Emily and James find themselves racing to solve the puzzle before Griswold's attackers catch up with them. Reader Jessica Almasy does a great job of capturing not only the voices of the characters but their hearts as well. Her pacing perfectly matches the tense challenge to solve the puzzle and the quiet frustration of Emily as she fears another move in her future. Listeners will be caught in the suspense of the game but will also be cheering for Emily to make the emotional connections that she longs for. VERDICT Book and puzzle enthusiasts will enjoy this title, as will listeners who simply enjoy a fun story with relatable, intriguing characters. ["The action drags occasionally, and the characterizations are sparse and sometimes overly cute, but the book's goofy, feckless charm is undeniable": SLJ 5/15 review of the Holt book.]-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.