Book Scavenger | WritingMoniqueWritingMonique
March 27, 2017

Books + Puzzles? YES PLEASE. – 4 years ago I switched from reading Dutch translations to reading English books, and ever since that moment I have been devouring a lot of middle-grade novels. (I even read ‘Book Scavenger’ twice in the last 3 months.) So, when I was searching for the first WM bookclub entry, ‘Book Scavenger’ was thé absolute favorite… – Although, I might’ve spoiled how I feel about this book with the little bit of information above.

Book Scavenger

Book Scavanger
Written by: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
354 pages.

12-year-old Emily has moved again. Her parents are on a quest to live in all 50 US states, and this time they’re relocating to San Fransisco – the home of her literary idol; Mr Garrison Griswold.
Mr Griswold is a famous, well-loved book publisher and the creator of Book Scavenger, a game where books are books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles.

When Emily only just arrives in her new town, she learns that Griswold has been attacked, and is in a coma. No-one knows anything about the epic new game he was about to launch… But than Emily, and her new friend James, discover an odd book – which they believe to be from Griswold. Soon they start to find a bunch of clues that set them off on a book quest like no other.

But there are others on the hunt for this particular book, and Emily and James must race to solve the puzzles that Griswold has left behind, before Griswold’s attackers make them their next target…

What Did I Think…

Before ‘Book Scavenger’, I never really read middle-grade books. Since ‘Book Scavenger’ I’ve been buying 10s of books in the so-called; ‘people who bought this, also bought this’ section. This book would’ve been THÉ absolute favorite for 12-year-old me, and let’s be 100% honest here; it’s THÉ absolute favorite for 23-year-old me as well!

There are ciphers, puzzles, codes, riddles and bits of literary history – all woven into a mystery-filled plot. It’s just SO much fun!.. But, even if we set aside all those marvelous assets for a little bit; the wonderful characters are what keeps the story strong. Everyone seems a bit quirky, geeky, creepy and definitely fascinating. 

“I appreciate my customers. And many of them are fine, fine people. But not all book people are good people. Don’t mistake shared interests with shared ethics.” He tapped his pointy cap. “There’s some wizardly wisdom for you today.”

‘Book Scavenger’ isn’t just well-written, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman has created some of the BEST details I’ve ever read in books. It would’ve been so easy to just repeat the same riddles or codes, but that never happens. Not even once! – She keeps surprising with new, brilliant quests!

Book Scavenger is the Pokéman-Go for book nerds and puzzle-fanatics. (basically… ME!) – I wish it was a real thing.

This book made me feel a little bit like Sherlock Holmes, (that’s exactly what I’ve ALWAYS wanted!) although I’ve discovered I wouldn’t be a particularly good one… I’ll be honest, I couldn’t solve any of the puzzles by myself. BUT, that meant reading the explanations was even more exciting!

As a 12-year-old, I would’ve devoured this book. It hits all the boxes: mystery, humor, wonderful characters and fascinating puzzles… But, even though this book might be meant for a younger audience, I LOVED it regardless. Like I said, one of thé absolute favorites!

5 out of 5 stars of Goodreads.
Book Scavenger – €7,24.

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15 comments on “Book Scavenger”

    March 27, 2017

    This book sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing!

    March 28, 2017

    If it makes you feel like Sherlock Holmes it sounds like a book for me! I also always wanted to be Sherlock Holmes haha or better say: Nancy Drew. I even did a fun test a while ago and the result was that I was like Nancy Drew hahaha!
    I also like the first picture, I always dislike dark pictures, but that one is very beautiful!

    Renate | | Bloglovin’ | Facebook | Instagram

    March 28, 2017

    Always on the hunt for a good book! Thanks for sharing

    March 28, 2017

    Sounds like a good read, your photos are great.

    Abigail Alice ????

    March 29, 2017

    This book looks so interesting, I love the cover

    March 30, 2017

    This sounds fun. Could this be the next Harry Potter? I use to read more then I do, I use to read before I went to bed, buy now I keep falling asleep in front of the TV. Ugh it is annoying.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

    March 31, 2017

    This book sounds like total heaven girl! It really does sound like the most fun rollercoaster read, I’m definitely tempted to go pick up a copy now 😀 The cover is so stunning and the fact that her parents have a quest to live in all 50 US states and move to SF already has me hooked! <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

    April 1, 2017

    Sounds interesting – I used to read so much but somehow managed to fall off once life started getting busy. So this is definitely something I’d like to check out. 🙂

    April 2, 2017

    that sounds like a fun book
    altho I might stop at the first chapter. LOL

    The Sweetest Escape

    April 2, 2017

    Wow amazing book! Thanks for sharing darling!
    Happy weekend!
    Much love, Len

    April 3, 2017

    What I’m going to tell you sounds silly but when I was a child I was scared of these types of books. For some reason I thought it was going to be scary hahha. As an adult maybe I should try this out :]

    April 3, 2017

    Sounds very intriguing. Great that you enjoyed it!


    April 4, 2017

    Ooh I love the sound of this! I must add it to my list 🙂

    April 4, 2017

    Oh how fun! Sounds like such an interesting book 🙂


    April 4, 2017

    Sounds super suspenseful! Love that there is a female protagonist too. What a great synopsis.

    xx Yasmin