- File Size: 7618 KB
- Print Length: 367 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (June 2, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 2, 2015
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00R69XNAW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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|Age Level: 9 - 14|
|Grade Level: 4 - 6|
- Book 1 of 3 in The Book Scavenger series
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A New York Times Bestseller!
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
An Indie Next List Pick
“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.” ―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“In her first novel, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman introduces a smart, resourceful 12-year-old who makes her first true friend through a mutual passion for solving puzzles. . . Fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library will appreciate the abundant literary allusions, and readers will hope for more adventures, hinted at in the book's final lines.” ―Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Emily's sleuthing weaves well with her journey to nurture friendships and set down everlasting roots. A debut that challenges the brain while warming the heart.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Sprinkled with ciphers, San Francisco landmarks, and literary allusions, Book Scavenger is a fun, light, implausible adventure. . . This will appeal to fans of Blue Balliett's art-world mysteries.” ―School Library Journal
“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.” ―Booklist
“A love letter to San Francisco and its literary history, this well-paced novel of intrigue also provides quite the education, namedropping the likes of Jack Kerouac, Dashiell Hammett, and Amy Tan, diving into the world of ciphers, and offering bountiful brainteasers with Dickensian naming devices (there's an explanatory author's note), all while maintaining a skillful and satisfying balance of brains and heart. . . . be prepared to start a Book Scavenger chapter (pun intended) in your own library, stat.” ―The Bulletin
“The plot is clever and the pace of the book will keep the readers curious up to the climactic end. Several other books with themes related to puzzles and games are alluded to in the story. This book will be fun for lovers of this genre.” ―VOYA
“A puzzle-mystery in the spirit of The Westing Game, Book Scavenger challenges readers to play along. The codes and puzzles are pitched at the perfect level for tween sleuths, and the literary references . . . will pique readers; interests in doing some scavenging of their own. Part friendship story, part travel adventure and part cryptography manual, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman's debut is a book lover's delight.” ―Bookpage
“Codes and ciphers star in this puzzle-game of a novel, offering challenges for code-breaking fanatics plus plentiful explanations for those who prefer that someone else do the legwork” ―The Horn Book
An NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts
A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year
A Scripps National Spelling Bee Great Words, Great Works List Selection
A PW Best Book for Summer
An Amazon.com Best Book of the Month
A Triple Crown Award Winner
A Texas Lamplighter Award Nominee
A Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award Nominee
A Georgia Children's Book Award Finalist
A Colorado Book Award Finalist
A Maryland Black Eyed Susan Award Nominee
A Utah Educational Library Media Association Master List Selection
A Missouri Mark Twain List Selection
A Nebraska Golden Sower Award Finalist
A Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award Nominee
A Utah Beehive Award Nominee
An Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award Nominee
An Illinois Bluestem Award Nominee
A Mississippi Magnolia Children's Choice Book Award Nominee
A Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Nominee
A Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nominee
A North Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee
A Washington Library Association Sasquatch Award Nominee
A Washington Sasquatch Award Nominee
A Hawaii Nene Award Nominee
An Oregon Battle of the Books Contender
A Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Award Nominee
A Minnesota Star of the North Award Nominee
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This review is supposed to be about the book, not my book club, but I shared all that to illustrate how content rich the book itself is. While enjoying a fun mystery - which is another reason this cozy mystery-loving grandma wanted to introduce it - my granddaughters are also leaning a lot about The City, codes and ciphers, Poe and other authors, and friendship. It's a fun and painlessly educational read.
<b>I'm going to go with yes, it counts.</b>So here's my review:
We all loved BOOK SCAVENGER. A lot. Even my hubby and clue-sniffing hound, Betsy got in on the action trying to solve the mystery of the missing/hidden books peppered throughout San Francisco. <b>The storytelling is dynamic, the characters highly engaging, and the historical-literary element a fun surprise.</b>
THE BOOK SCAVENGER revolves around middle school students Emily (the protagonist) and her friend, James as they solve ciphers and more in Edgar Allen Poe's 1843 little-kn0wn short story, THE GOLD-BUG. But there's so much more: middle school angst, big brother issues, a family's quest to live in all 50 states, bad guys, and of course, the city of San Francisco. When I got to the end of a chapter, signaling an end to our reading session, the girls would let out a chorus of, "Noooos." They liked it that much.
The story reminded me a bit of well...I don't know. Nancy Drew meets A WRINKLE IN TIME, meets WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY...but those might not be the best comparisons. <b>Truly a fun family read-aloud, but great for motivated 9+ year old kids (boys and girls) to read on their own.</b> While THE BOOK SCAVENGER is technically part of a series, this is the first one, and can most definitely stand-alone.
“Book Scavenger” is an exciting adventure that you will get sucked into, and there is no guarantee you will come out. Emily, the main character has to put up with her parents’ dream of living in 50 homes in 50 states, and the constant moving causes her to never have the chance to put down roots and make friends. When they move to the home of Garrison Griswold, the creator of her all time hobby, Book Scavenger she is thrilled. She meets James, and they become fast friends. Together, they unlock the secrets of Mr. Griswold’s new game. This book is perfect for any future detective, and for every book lover. If I could give this 20 stars I would.