Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Ambrose Deception Hardcover – February 13, 2018
|New from||Used from|
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
"Three kids race across Chicago in a competition for a $10,000 scholarship. Who will solve their clues first? The story made me grin, and the clues--truly solvable clues!--had me searching my memory for what I knew of Chicago for answers. (I recommend trying to solve the clues before the characters do.) Then, be prepared for twists. You'll think, 'Yeah, what is going on with all the secrecy? Is something up?' Indeed, it is!"―Amy Timberlake, author of One Came Home, a Newbery Honor Book
"Emily Ecton writes stories that feel like good friends--this is a timelessly fun, funny adventure."―Adam Rex, author of The True Meaning of Smekday
"Readers of the Kingdom Keepers are going to eat this up! Ambrose Deception's tricky quest, a competition between polar opposites, thrusts the reader into a story that satisfies and complicates and then twists at just the right moment. Emily Ecton delivers a readable maze of a novel that middle grade readers will adore and not stop talking about! These characters are quite the accomplishment. I want to be their friend."―Ridley Pearson, best-selling author of the Kingdom Keepers series
About the Author
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The set up is that three kids are selected to compete in a clue based race, with the winner receiving a cash scholarship. Or so it seems, since it's clear from the outset that there's something else, something fishy, going on behind the scenes.
As to the kids, they are supposed to be the kind of slacker losers who would never be selected for an actual scholarship competition. I'm not quite sure why this loserness had to be so hard pedaled, but the good news is that the kids have enough character, as characters, that they grow on the reader almost despite the author's efforts. The better news is that once we get to the fishy part, (about 2/3's of the way in), the kids team up and we get to see their decency, street smarts, and loyalty.
The clue angle is Chicago based. That is the kids, (who have three different clues each), have to find and photograph specific places and things in downtown Chicago. This is a fine idea and it's executed exceptionally well. The clues are actually sneaky, creative and fair, and the places the kids go to make sense. You don't have to know anything about Chicago to enjoy the puzzle, although that would certainly add a bit to the fun. The scavenger hunt also doesn't depend on coincidence, serendipity or luck. Real, sneaky riddles have to be solved in a real practical way. This is not one of those lame books in which answers just sort of appear out of the air, which I think shows it has respect for the young reader.
The book is fast paced. We alternate chapters among the three kids. Chapters start with a recap of the clues and solutions to date. The narrative is broken up by notes, letters, text messages and the like, and that variety punches up the straight prose sections. Each kid has bits of backstory, (about parents, siblings, school problems), but that isn't allowed to weigh down the action.
The plot was straightforward for the most part. It got wacky/silly at the end, but by then you knew where we were headed and knew we were headed for a socko finish at the end of the rollercoaster ride. It helped that once you get to solving the fishy part the kids are more interesting, engaging and high energy, and the reader is primed for pretty much any sort of happy ending.
So, while this started just a shade too dark and downer at the outset it opened up and built up interest pretty quickly. It was a good puzzle adventure that basically played fair and I'd expect most readers would get sucked in and be happy to stay for the whole ride. A good find.
(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
Melissa lives with her brother and her grandmother. She makes money for lunches and bus fare by doing homework for other students. Otherwise, she is managing to make her way through middle school really under the radar. Bondi is a show-off who has a great sense of smell and a mother who is fixated on kale. Wilf is a slacker who is determined to work through his "to do" list now that he has a driver and debit card and may get to the clues eventually.
The three kids work independently at first. But soon begin to think that it is a scam orchestrated by "Mr. Smith" for some nefarious purpose. It turns out that all the clues they are following are part of the will of billionaire Enoch Ambrose who has recently died. The ones who solve the riddle will inherit his fortune.
I liked the tour of Chicago that this book takes us on. The places mentioned are all real and all sound intriguing. I liked how the kids all worked together once they realized that the scholarship deal was a scam.
This was a fun middle grade mystery/treasure hunt.
The book takes three unlikely scholarship hopefuls on an adventure across Chicago to try to solve riddles. The educational element comes in because you end up learning about some of the lesser-known sights in Chicago (and some of the more fun elements of the city as well, since Wilf doesn’t take his scholarship opportunity all that seriously). I really enjoyed the escapades that the kids go through to figure out their clues, and the ending to the book has some elements that kids will LOVE that I don’t want to spoil. What can I say? This book is adorable and adventurous and is pretty much middle-grade gold, in my opinion. I plan to give it to my daughter to read next because I’m convinced she’ll love it. I give it 5/5 stars!
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***