Monday, May 4, 2015

MG Review: Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Expected Publication June 2nd, 2015
 by Henry Holt and Co. 
Genres: Middle Grade Mystery
Pages: 368 
Format: Ebook
Source:  NetGalley


Twelve-year-old Emily has moved so many times, her parents have almost met their dream of living in 50 Homes in 50 States.   At first it was fun to move every few years, but now Emily wants to find a place that she can call home.  A place where she can also finally have a friend.  When Emily's parents announce they will be moving to San Francisco, she's thrilled.   It's the home of her favorite game creator, Garrison Griswold, and he is about to release one of his famous Book Scavenger games.   However, Griswold has been attacked and the game he was to launch may have been lost.  When Emily and her upstairs neighbor James find a book with the mark of Griswold's publishing company on it, they believe that they have stumbled onto one of Mr. Griswold's games.  Emily and James try to decipher the clues inside the book, but soon must keep it safe from the criminals who attacked Mr. Griswold and want to steal the book back.  

I first saw this book on a few blogs and was intrigued when I began hearing it compared to Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein (another book that I really enjoyed).   I also read about the book launch being a giveaway of 50 advance copies to a winner in each of the 50 US states, then having a nationwide scavenger hunt for the books. How cool is that? Here's a link to the launch.  and another on where books are being hidden/found.   You can also read the first chapter here.  So, when I saw that Book Scavenger was listed on NetGalley, well I crossed my fingers and was lucky enough to get a copy.  

I absolutely adored Book Scavenger, it was such fun to read.   Everything from the authors note where Bertman lists the inspirations for Book Scavenger (which is a combination of books, movies, Geocaching, cipher's and the website To the setting of San Francisco filled with various historical facts and figures that make for an interesting plot.  Plus there is a nice mystery that sort of involves Edgar Allen Poe.  I enjoyed all the characters and relationships, with my favorite being Emily's older brother.   A really wonderful and creative story.   The perfect sort of book for someone who loves solving puzzles and may spark an interest in cipher's and codes, not to mention trying to learn how to break them. Which is much harder than it looks.   I love the marketing campaign for the Book Scavenger and think it is quite unique to have an online game where you can actually follow hidden clues to find and read ARC's of the book. Talk about art imitating life, or would it be life imitating art in this case?  A delightfully fun story and bonus the author is working on a sequel.   


  1. This sounds like such a fun book to read. Thanks for your insightful review, now I'll be on the lookout for it.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Alex, hope you get a chance to read it.

  2. Sound like a book I MUST BUY AND READ AND LOVE. Also did you say Edgar Allen Poe? I want it right now. Wonderful review as always...

  3. I love the cover! This book sounds fabulous. I love a good mystery and this sounds so fun. I really enjoyed Mr. Lemoncello's Library and now I can't wait to read this one. :)

  4. Great review--makes me want to find one and read it. I need a good adventure. I joined your followers cuz your blog is just that cute.