That probably sounds weird, but when you read The Book Scavenger, you'll understand.
Tomorrow I leave for a trip with my family to San Francisco, California, so I thought it would be fun to read a book set in that city. Even if I wasn't traveling, this would have been a great book to start out my summer reading. It has mystery, friendship, and tons of references to great books.
Emily's family has a goal to live in all 50 states and the book starts out with their move to SanFrancisco. Emily is not thrilled with the move, but she is excited to be in the same city as her hero, Garrison Griswold, also known as the "Willy Wonka of book publishing." Griswold runs the online game Book Scavenger and regularly starts up games centered around books and stories. When Emily finds a copy of an Edgar Allen Poe story in the BART (San Francisco's subway system, like the T in Boston) she is sure she has stumbled upon Griswold's newest game.
With her new friend James, and sometimes with her big brother Matthew (when he is not making new films about his favorite band, Flush) Emily works through clues to try to figure out the game and find the prize. The problem is, Griswold was attacked and is in critical condition in the hospital, someone on the Book Scavenger website is giving cryptic clues, a couple of goons keeps chasing them, and an antique book dealer claims that the book Emily found is actually his.
Throughout the adventure, Emily has to learn how to be a real friend which means sometimes putting James' needs above the game. I like this book because the relationship between the two kids is realistic. Since her family moved around so often, Emily is not used to having a close friend and she makes some mistakes that hurt his feelings.
I also love the mystery. The kids work through the hidden clues through trial and error and trial again. They don't give up and with each attempt, they learn something more that gets them close to the final solution.
If you like mysteries, you will like this book. It's a great read for a fourth grader!
And maybe we should start our own 4th grade Book Scavenger game. . .
GENRE: Mystery / Realistic Ficiton
This book is available in the Room 204 library and through the Pollard Memorial Library