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Book scavenger, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman ; with illustrations by Sarah Watts

Label
Book scavenger
Title
Book scavenger
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman ; with illustrations by Sarah Watts
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends
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Review
  • Grades 4-6 To Emily, who has moved 8 times in her 12 years, San Francisco seems the ideal place to live. She quickly finds a good friend in her neighbor James, and the city is the headquarters of her beloved Book Scavenger game, which combines reading, puzzle solving, and treasure hunting. After Garrison Griswold, the game’s creator, is mugged, Emily finds a unique book near the crime scene. Soon she and James are playing Griswold’s new game, trying to elude the thugs who attacked him and investigating who is behind the crime. The occasional black-and-white illustration, cipher picture, or map adds to the fun for readers, who will want to play along—and they can, too, at www.bookscavenger.com. 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, this could be the start of a new mystery series. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 05-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 18, p55)
  • /* Starred Review */ When your parents’ blog is called 50 Homes in 50 States, you had better be able to make new friends easily, but Emily Crane, 12, is shy. Still, there are two positives about her latest address: James, the fellow puzzle-lover downstairs, and the location—San Francisco, home to Garrison Griswold, the “Willy Wonka of book publishing.” Griswold is the mastermind behind Book Scavenger, a book-trading game with half a million followers, Emily included. After Griswold is gravely wounded by thieves who are after his special edition of Poe’s The Gold-Bug , the book winds up in Emily’s possession; she and James must solve the mystery surrounding the book before the bad guys do. 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. Art not seen by PW . Ages 9–14. Author’s agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 13, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 15, p)
  • San Francisco landmarks and their rich literary histories lead two friends on an urban quest to solve clues left behind in an Edgar Allan Poe book by publisher and Book Scavenger mastermind Garrison Griswold. When Emily Crane, a book enthusiast and puzzle-solver, moves into her new apartment, she meets James Lee, a cipher-solving whiz with a cowlick he's named Steve. For years Emily has moved from state to state with her parents and older brother, and she longs for stability. She doesn't allow herself to get attached, unlike James, whose Chinese-American family has lived in the same apartment building for decades. When Griswold is attacked, Emily fears for his life and the future of Book Scavenger, her beloved online geocachinglike game for books. After a disappointing book hunt at the Ferry Building, Emily finds an unexpected hardcover, The Gold-Bug, near where Griswold was attacked. Believing the book is Griswold's pre-launched game, she becomes obsessed with solving its hidden messages while dodging two thugs and risking her friendship with James. Puzzling out the clever ciphers fascinates and adds dimension and curiosity to each quest. The characters' use of both high and low tech, such as the letter-basket pulley they set up between floors, feels refreshing. 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. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10430822
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
810L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
5.5
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1986-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Watts, Sarah
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Book scavenger
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Treasure hunt (Game)
  • Books and reading
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Moving, Household
  • Treasure hunt (Game)
  • Books and reading
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Moving, Household
  • Mystery and detective stories
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • Books and reading
  • Moving, Household
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Treasure hunt (Game)
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
  • California
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Book scavenger, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman ; with illustrations by Sarah Watts
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1091037
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
354 pages
Isbn
9781627791151
Lccn
2014045884
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781627791151
  • (OCoLC)900332729
Label
Book scavenger, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman ; with illustrations by Sarah Watts
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1091037
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
354 pages
Isbn
9781627791151
Lccn
2014045884
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781627791151
  • (OCoLC)900332729

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