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E 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. I leaped when a friend bought “Book Scavenger” for me this Christmas Demographics are irrelevant if authors stick to mysteriousness and discovery We do not need puzzles in the technical sense as long as characters are answering intrigue As a girl who is not good at math or sports I revel in the motivating eualizing “Mr Lemoncello” series; rewarding all kinds of efforts A person great at cryptograms does not lord it over others Repetition can grow discouraging and boring Ask the creative girl living in a world of math and sports All readers need the thrill of being able to exclaim “I would rock that clue”I feel about “Book Scavenger” the way I do about “A Wrinkle In Time” It is a positive film but does not have the wow factor it could have had I don’t think it is right to penalize a genre I must have read that Emily is twelve but envisioned a YA story I docked one star for what the wonderfully creative Jennifer Chambliss Bertram could have controlled sticking to mysteriousness This makes books accessible to any reader Skip parental lectures nasty peers bossy teachers and don’t tack on crimes There aren’t enough pure adventure uests I see the seuels are in the crime style; alasYes it is nice that Emily learns about friendship has an unusual life and improves ties with her older brother Keep that in the background put the riveting action front centre I was excited when Emily and James got creative solving clues with knowledge about San Francisco If this series were less about cryptograms the internet juvenile issues and about creative thinking and footwork; I would continue A non crime mystery about solving clues is needed I praise Jennifer’s originality and would relish in book exchanging scavenger hunts in Canada

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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 th. This is a middle grade novel about a book lover called EMILY and a game where books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzlesWhy am I not 12 years old any

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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 ?. I normally do not rate DNF books but since there was a very specific reason I didn't finish this book I felt like my rating was justifiedReview Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss BertmanDid Not Finish1 of 5 stars368 page Kindle bookI received this book from NetGalley for my honest reviewIt's a sad time that I write my first DNF review I wanted to LOVE Book Scavenger It's my kind of book Puzzles and clues and a scavenger hunt This was I thought right down my alley Even as a 37 yr old woman I love certain children's books After all I've LOVED similar children's books such as the following which all have in some way clues or puzzles to solve There's a definite difference between juvenile and childish This book fell too far on the childish line for me and I couldn't get past it The most unfortunate thing about why this book was a DNF was the reason I could not finish this book That reason STEVE The first time Steve was mentioned I giggled It really wasn't funny actually but it was late and I was tired so I admit it I giggled I thought it was a joke Unfortunately it was not The 2nd time Steve was mentioned I scowled It wasn't a joke She was going to mention Steve again By the 5th time I decided if Steve was mentioned one time I was done I gave it than 1 time but soon after I was done To appease my own curiosity I decided to search the Kindle book to see if Steve was mentioned any If he was mentioned 1 or 2 times I might have continued Steve was mentioned a total of 35 that's THIRTY FIVE times in the bookSo by now you are wondering Who the hell is Steve Why are you so bothered by Steve I'll tell you But prepare yourself this might be disturbing Steve iswell there's no easy way to say this so I'll just put it out there Steve is a COWLICK WTF I'm NOT kidding you all all here The one main character James named his COWLICK Steve Not only is Steve mentioned in the first place Steve is referred to a whopping THIRTY FIVE timesThis is to me the difference between juvenile and childish That was childish to me and while 7 year olds might like to hear on going tales of Steve I could not do it Steve ruined this book for me and that made me very sad because other than that the book had been OK It wasn't great yet DNF 23 but I would have kept with it if not for the ongoing discussion of SteveSetting APlot BConflict Characters D Theme ACowlick F


About the Author: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Book Scavenger series Christy Ottaviano BooksHenry HoltMacmillan Book Scavenger is a New York Times bestseller an Indie Next Kids’ Top Ten Pick a Banks Street College Best Book of the Year an Best Book of the Year an NCTE Notable Children's Book and has been nominated for 18 state award lists The Unbreakab



10 thoughts on “Book Scavenger

  1. says:

    I love this book Disclaimer I also wrote this book Advance copies of Book Scavenger are being hidden around the US Join in the game here


  2. says:

    This is a middle grade novel about a book lover called EMILY and a game where books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzlesWhy am I not 12 years old any?


  3. says:

    i don't really read enough middle grade to know how this book stacks up against others written for that age range; i'm a middle grade tourist who only pops in when i come across a book that's either so magnificently written that it carves out a little bed in my heart Rooftoppers or when it's about baby booknerds or baby chefs or cats having adventures or something else that would have caught my eye when i was in that 8 12 age range so long ago this falls into that second category it's not at all poorly written but it's just a fun adventure book that doesn't try to be anything than that which is totally enough for me to have loved it and to wish it had been around when i was wee; it's just not sleeping in my heart or anything shhh don't wake Rooftopperstwelve year old emily has two interests books and puzzles fortunately for her garrison griswold the willy wonka of book publishing exists and has created a game called Book Scavenger which is a sort of geocaching treasure hunt where players from across the country compete to crack codes online which lead to hidden books in the real world earning them points to rise up the ladder of rankings named after famous sleuths to achieve the top status of Sherlock Holmes emily has just moved to san francisco home to garrison griswold and book scavenger's headuarters she's very used to moving at the mercy of her parents' dream to live in every us state nomading across the country allowed to pack only one suitcase each and one additional box of books emily loves her parents and her older brother but it's a lonely life to always be the new girl fortunately she has her books to escape into and the challenges of book scavenging where her user name is surly wombat the following is not a spoiler at all but a lengthy digression about wombats with pictures that gets in the way of the review much like this long explanatory sentence so i spoiler tagged it to maintain narrative flow which i already ruined with this long explanatory sentence view spoilerthis nickname came about as a joke between emily and her brother matthew which hinged upon her giggling over the idea that a wombat could be surly I mean they're these cute pudgy animals and picturing one with an attitude all surly well spoiler alert wombats are totes surly they are all headbutty and bitey and they will knock you right over if they feel like it they are STRONG little cannonballs just FYI in case anyone was thinking that a surly wombat is funny i mean it IS but it's also factual but they ARE totally adorable and pudgybut teethwhatchoo looking at?punch punchaaand that's your daily wombat digression what were we talking about before this? oh right emily hide spoiler


  4. says:

    Had I read this book when I was 9 12 I think I would have given it 5 stars The children’s mysteries available to me then were nowhere near as good and none that I can remember took place in San Francisco This story is great for both boys and girls and will likely also be appealing to many reluctant readers Even though this is a children’s book I think many older people 13 and all the way up can also enjoy it I particularly loved the San Francisco setting and that this is a book about books I thoroughly enjoyed the real San Francisco portions The fictional San Francisco parts felt a bit jarring to me though likely not true for readers who didn’tdon’t live in the city but they were still gratifying and a hoot This was a fun light enjoyable book At times I found it scary with a tad feeling of menace that I prefer but given that this book is for middle grade children I knew it wouldn’t get too dark and it didn’t There were a couple times I had to suspend disbelief but not so much that it took me out of the story Some smartly done red herrings tooInterestingly the instructions that start the story although short were a bit of a drudge for me I have a story about the exercise my wonderful fifth grade teacher gave us about the importance of carefully reading instructions and they reminded me of that But they made the book’s story feel all that authentic and I think many readers will enjoy them I was left feeling love for the main characters and happiness for them I felt invested in their lives the three kids the parents and some of the other adults and properly scornful of the villains This is a lovely friendship story and a great romp Lots of fun with heart Perfect for children who are fans of mysteries puzzles codes and definitely children who’ve lived in or visited San Francisco or who have some interest in the city The author’s notes at the end are wonderful and I learned a lot about Poe and some other subjects related to this story


  5. says:

    I leaped when a friend bought “Book Scavenger” for me this Christmas Demographics are irrelevant if authors stick to mysteriousness and discovery We do not need puzzles in the technical sense as long as characters are answering intrigue As a girl who is not good at math or sports I revel in the motivating eualizing “Mr Lemoncello” series; rewarding all kinds of efforts A person great at cryptograms does not lord it over others Repetition can grow discouraging and boring Ask the creative girl living in a world of math and sports All readers need the thrill of being able to exclaim “I would rock that clue”I feel about “Book Scavenger” the way I do about “A Wrinkle In Time” It is a positive film but does not have the wow factor it could have had I don’t think it is right to penalize a genre I must have read that Emily is twelve but envisioned a YA story I docked one star for what the wonderfully creative Jennifer Chambliss Bertram could have controlled sticking to mysteriousness This makes books accessible to any reader Skip parental lectures nasty peers bossy teachers and don’t tack on crimes There aren’t enough pure adventure uests I see the seuels are in the crime style; alasYes it is nice that Emily learns about friendship has an unusual life and improves ties with her older brother Keep that in the background put the riveting action front centre I was excited when Emily and James got creative solving clues with knowledge about San Francisco If this series were less about cryptograms the internet juvenile issues and about creative thinking and footwork; I would continue A non crime mystery about solving clues is needed I praise Jennifer’s originality and would relish in book exchanging scavenger hunts in Canada


  6. says:

    This book is my dream book from my early years It’s about a girl – Emily – who loves books There is a game – Book Scavenger – around the US that consists in hiding books and finding them through clues There are ciphers and cryptograms and it’s about books See why it’s everything a book lover might want?The game itself is silly; I mean they hide the books in public places so how the hell do they manage to prevent people who don’t play Book Scavenger from finding and keeping the books? It’s not as if a book is an easy thing to miss – they’re rarely smallI let this pass because this is supposed to be a middle grade novel and I’m obviously not the target audience Plus it was entertaining to read this My 12 year old self came out and enjoyed herselfHowever there were two things I could not forgiveThe first one is that answers were given before the uestions were asked I wanted this to be a great mystery I wanted to think I wanted to solve the ciphers What we got though was a game in which the answers to every riddle were said before we even knew what they were looking for That way I could not be part of the game as I wantedLook I love ciphers and codes I’m currently in the process of decoding the cipher in the last page of The Ghosts of Heaven dammit and while it’s kind of an impossible task I still love the thrill that goes with it There were ciphers in this book but we never get the opportunity of finding for ourselves what they meanAgain I wonder if this is for the fact that this is a middle grade novelMy second issue was that the book could get a little unrealistic at times Like how Emily’s brother felt okay about moving from state to state just because of a stupid luxury his parents had I hate moving When I moved from my country I hated it I hated it not only because I left my family but because I had to start from zero and that’s not nice at all unlike some books portray it Matthew was in high school and he even had a band so it struck me as really unrealistic that he didn’t careMatthew’s case is not the only unrealistic thing though For example there is a “bad guy” here who wants the book Emily is hunting for no reason I mean this is a freaking game He goes so far in his task of getting the book He sees Emily finding the copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Gold Bug and what does he do next? He stalks her He gets her personal information – where she lives what school she attends – just for a bookEmily’s character was not particularly likable She was so incredibly selfish She only cared about that game School didn’t matter her friend James didn’t matter The only important thing in her life was that game and I just Sigh I guess I’m too old for thisAll of the previous points might have led me to rate this 2 stars but I’m rating this 3 because of two things1 Entertaining Yeah with its unrealism and its annoying things it was still fun reading this2 This is an ode to Edgar Allan Poe God that author is one of my favourites His sense of humour is so twisted his horror stories manage to be creepy etc I freaking love him so I had to give this book extra points for making him an important part of the bookIf you love treasure hunts Edgar Allan Poe or just want to remember your childhood days this is a book for you I ended up liking it – not as much as I wanted but I still enjoyed it Now I’m going to read Poe’s The Gold Bug because according to this book there are ciphers and plus it’s Poe


  7. says:

    This review has also been posted on The Social PotatoThis book is basically everything past Rashika would have wanted from a book and one present Rashika adoresThe past couple of middle grade novels that I had read were great but there seemed to be something missing I figured that could have been the result of me not being the intended audience but this  book reminded me that it doesn't matter who the reader is a book can be enjoyed by a reader of any ageI know I always say that my favorite genre is fantasy and that is true but my favorite comfort books are always a blend of mystery and adventure  In middle school I went through a phase where all I read were uirky intelligent mysteries and this book is one that would have made kid Rashika really happy It makes adult Rashika happy too because while I may no longer be 11 there is always something to be said about a mystery that mentally challenges youOne of the things this book has going for it is the great main character Emily is not a perfect character There are a lot of times where she will put her own needs above those of James her new friend and that may be frustrating but it’s also realistic Sometimes you get too wrapped up in what you’re focusing on and when it turns out people don’t have the same priorities as you do it’s shocking But Emily is still great She is also a smarty pantsy She doesn’t always figure out all the clues on her own and sometimes reuires help but then again what fun would the book be if she magically knew the answers to everything?Another great thing about the book were the secondary characters From James to Matthew to Hollister They help make the book all the livelyMatthew and James especially contribute a lot because through them we get to see two important relationships the one between siblings and the one between friends Matthew is an adorable little fanboy who no longer has time for his little sister and doesn’t even realize how much he has hurt her in the process of not spending time with her He uickly redeems himself once he figures out what a douche he was being and becomes such a supportive brotherJames I don’t think is Emily’s first friend but I would definitely wager that he is one of the important ones With him comes an element of diversity because he happens to be Chinese American which is great James puts up with Emily until he cannot and then calls her out on her shit which is great because it makes her aware of the fact that James is not someone she can take advantage ofFantastic characters aside THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT BOOK SCAVENGING That should be reason enough to pick this book up I know I practically did somersaults when I read that part in the summary What is awesome is that this book delivers what it promises Book scavenging actually plays an important role in the bookThe plot is also well developed and I loved putting the clues together I wasn’t surprised when we found out who the bad guy was but it’s not really meant to be a big twist It’s actually makes sense given the actions of the character One of the awesome parts about the mystery aspect is that it is intertwined with a treasure hunt The main character has to solve the clues to get to the treasure and yes to treasureThis is such a fun read to be swept up by and I’d recommend it to everyone looking for a fun middle grade read that will take you on an adventure


  8. says:

    I normally do not rate DNF books but since there was a very specific reason I didn't finish this book I felt like my rating was justifiedReview Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss BertmanDid Not Finish1 of 5 stars368 page Kindle bookI received this book from NetGalley for my honest reviewIt's a sad time that I write my first DNF review I wanted to LOVE Book Scavenger It's my kind of book Puzzles and clues and a scavenger hunt? This was I thought right down my alley Even as a 37 yr old woman I love certain children's books After all I've LOVED similar children's books such as the following which all have in some way clues or puzzles to solve There's a definite difference between juvenile and childish This book fell too far on the childish line for me and I couldn't get past it The most unfortunate thing about why this book was a DNF was the reason I could not finish this book That reason STEVE The first time Steve was mentioned I giggled It really wasn't funny actually but it was late and I was tired so I admit it I giggled I thought it was a joke Unfortunately it was not The 2nd time Steve was mentioned I scowled It wasn't a joke? She was going to mention Steve again? By the 5th time I decided if Steve was mentioned one time I was done I gave it than 1 time but soon after I was done To appease my own curiosity I decided to search the Kindle book to see if Steve was mentioned any If he was mentioned 1 or 2 times I might have continued Steve was mentioned a total of 35 that's THIRTY FIVE times in the bookSo by now you are wondering Who the hell is Steve? Why are you so bothered by Steve? I'll tell you But prepare yourself this might be disturbing Steve iswell there's no easy way to say this so I'll just put it out there Steve is a COWLICK WTF??? I'm NOT kidding you all all here The one main character James named his COWLICK Steve Not only is Steve mentioned in the first place Steve is referred to a whopping THIRTY FIVE timesThis is to me the difference between juvenile and childish That was childish to me and while 7 year olds might like to hear on going tales of Steve I could not do it Steve ruined this book for me and that made me very sad because other than that the book had been OK It wasn't great yet DNF 23 but I would have kept with it if not for the ongoing discussion of SteveSetting APlot BConflict ?Characters D Theme ACowlick F


  9. says:

    Not having kids of my own I judge these books based on how I would have enjoyed them as a kid If I still had my spiral notebook where I kept track of my many Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High books I would have chosen the fuschia color from my multi ink click pen and drawn in rounded script the title of the book followed by five shakily drawn stars By the way I still haven't mastered the art of a perfect star shapeEmily Crane's parents have vowed to live in all fifty states This means Emily never really grows roots into any one place or ever makes any really good friends Her constant companion is Book Scavenger a treasure hunt where players score points for both finding and hiding books using their online profiles to track their progress The Crane family is on their newest adventure moving to San Francisco which also happens to be the headuarters for Garrison Griswold creator of Book Scavenger His newest game is to be unveiled that afternoon but is never announced as Griswold is involved in what's believed to be a mugging and is in the hospitalNot long after this Emily along with her brother Matthew and neighbor James come across flowers and get well cards left at the subway sight where Griswold was attacked While bending down to retrieve some trash that didn't make it to the can Emily sees a book crammed between the can and wall She is convinced that the book must be part of the scavenger game What she doesn't know is that she isn't the only one seeking that book and this will lead her on a uest to solve the puzzle before anyone can take the book away from herWhat follows are lots of really fun puzzles and code breaking with themes of family and friendship interwoven throughout There are a few sections that ask the ahem older reader to suspend belief but it never takes you out of the story I would not hesitate to recommend this to any reader young or old And bonus there's already a Book 2


  10. says:

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineEmily isn't too thrilled about moving yet again but she's used to it Her parents are both able to work from home wherever they are and they are gathering material for their book 50 Homes in 50 States by moving about once a year Emily is excited about moving to San Francisco though because it is the home of Garrison Griswold the founder of the Book Scavenger Game It is helpful that her new neighbor James is also a fan of puzzles and is able to help her out with many of the clues as well as to introduce her to life in San Francisco When Emily finds a book that Griswold lost in a subway attack she uncovers a game that has yet to be released With the help of James as well as a teacher at school as well as her rock band loving older brother Matt she is able to work out the puzzles foil thieves and get a great introduction to a city she loves Will she also be able to figure out Griswold's puzzle?Strengths The descriptions of San Francisco are wonderfully clear the Book Scavenger game something that many students will wish actually existed and the characters are all well developed and intriguing I especially liked the treatment of the sibling relationship There's a bit of diversity No one dies I'm normally not a fan of puzzles but these were done in a way that even I was intriguedWeaknesses Mr uisling's name seemed a bit overly uirky and Maddie seemed excessively mean and underdeveloped as a character What I really think Absolutely delightful and easy to hand to a variety of students anyone who loves books mystery readers students who like travel stories Even the cover has a cheery and timeless uality to it A great companion to Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library


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