Book Scavenger

Book Scavenger

Paperback - 2016
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For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it's the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon arriving, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself. Racing against time, Emily and James try to uncover the secret at the heart of Griswold's new game - before Griswold's attackers find them.
Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2016
ISBN: 9781250079800


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A must-read mystery for kids who love games and puzzles. Follows the adventures of two kids as they investigate a mystery surrounding Garrison Griswold, inventor of the Book Scavenger game.

An unusual adventure begins when two friends discover a book from the master puzzler Garrison Griswold.

When Garrison Griswold, creator of the game Book Scavenger, is assaulted, Emily and her friend James must solve a puzzle left by Griswold before they, too, are attacked.

Mystery, adventure, literary references, even geocaching, combined with the fast pace of events make this a classic with cross-appeal a la The Westing Game. Annette R.

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Sep 26, 2019

I hope someone will make this book scavenger hunt a real thing! :-)

Jul 08, 2019

Book Scavenger is about a treasure hunt. James and Emily two kids in San Francisco find a hidden book called The Gold Bug. The Gold Bug has lots of typos. James and Emily find out that if you combine the typos together they spell a sentence. Very unusual! The sentence gives them lots of clues. Eventually they find a book with a letter. The letter says that whoever finds the book gets lots of money. They return the book to the owner who’s name is Mr.Griswold. Mr.Griswold is famous for setting up games. Mr.Griswold gives them the money. Read Book Scavenger to find out how James and Emily solve the clues to find the treasure!

Jun 22, 2019

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Apr 10, 2019

Great book. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 20, 2019

Super cute. Even moments where I remembered what it felt like to read The Westing Game for the first time (which is high praise from me). For fans of Blue Balliett’s Chasing Vermeer series.

Nov 26, 2018

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s book, Book Scavenger was published in 2015. It’s a mystery book that takes place in modern San Francisco. Twelve-year-old Emily moves to San Francisco where her favorite book publisher Garrison Griswold lives. One day, Griswold gets shot, and Emily and her friend James discover a book that has lots of ciphers and puzzles Griswold left for them. They go on a puzzle solving adventure that leads to a valuable prize. They must go fast enough so that his attackers won’t get it first.
I think this book is a book worth reading, especially for puzzle solving readers. It’s one of those books that makes you want to keep reading. There’s a lot of suspense in the book, and it goes by very fast if you’re really into it. In my opinion, the author does a good job creating the tension between the characters, and that makes the reader interested in the book. Another thing, I find it such a nice book. I like how well the characters are developed, and they almost seem like real people. The author does a good job describing Emily and James, as well as other characters in the book. Throughout, the book the author makes it clear that Emily is stubborn, but she loves solving puzzles and books. The author wrote about Emily’s love for puzzles when she moved to San Francisco: “The city was hot only home to her dad’s literacy idol, but Emily’s too: “CEO of Bayside Press and mastermind of Book Scavenger. The coolest book hunting game in existence…. Book Scavenger was an amazing online community of people who loves books and puzzles and games as much as Emily did.” The author really does a good job bringing the characters to life!
Book Scavenger is an amazing book, and though I recommend it, I think kids ages nine and above would enjoy it more since kids at a younger age may think there’s too much going on. Again, I think this book is an amazing book. You should check it out!

Nov 26, 2018

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s novel Book Scavenger is a mystery book filled with adventures, history, friendship and more. Book Scavenger was published on June 2, 2015 and the story takes place in modern San Francisco. There is a twelve-year-old girl named Emily who is always moving from one place to another. Her parents are in a quest to eventually live in all 50 states. When she moves to San Francisco, she is overjoyed because it is where her favorite author Garrison Griswold lives. He is the one who created Book Scavenger, a game that involves hiding books, finding clues, and getting points for finding the book that someone hid. Along the way, Emily makes a really good friend, her neighbor James. He helps her with all the challenges/ciphers. But the trouble is Garrison Griswold has been shot, and a rare book, (The Gold Bug) of his has been lost/taken. Emily gets her hands on it, but she still has to crack the code before the thieves who attacked Griswold figure it out first.
Book Scavenger is a page turner that never stops. The two main characters are unlikely friends and they show some cool characteristics of friendship throughout, supporting each other at all costs but also getting into an argument for not supporting each other at the right time. The puzzles and the ciphers add a great piece of brain building for the reader that could help kids grow. The adventures can show readers how adventurous life can be.
Book Scavenger is a really good book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves ciphers, puzzles, and adventures, but the gunshot scene at the beginning and the kids being chased by bad guys seems a little too much for younger kids. I give this book 4.5 stars because this book has a blending mix of entertaining characters, a perfect amount of suspense, puzzles and codes that will baffle readers, and everything else blended together in a perfect mystery novel. I could not put this book down. This is the best book I’ve ever read.

Mar 16, 2016

A fun read about friendship, books, and puzzles. Recommended for ages 9-11.

A treat for book and mystery lovers. Readers will dig into solving the hidden clues.

Aug 30, 2015

This is a good book worth a read.


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Apr 10, 2019

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Apr 10, 2019

This book is about a girl named Emily and her friend named James. They find a hidden book and asume that it is part of a game called book scavenger. They soon realize that it is more than they ever imagined and it leads them on an adventure of solving codes and finding the next clue.

cmlibrary_jcurrie Jan 26, 2016

Emily’s family is on a quest to live in all 50 states, so they move around a lot. Since the family never stays in one place for very long Emily has trouble making friends, but it seems the move to California is going to be different. Emily meets her neighbor James and together they try to solve the mystery of Garrison Griswold. Mr. Griswold is the creator of the online game Book Scavenger that Emily loves.

Aug 31, 2015

This book is about a girl named Emily who moves to San Francisco and becomes friends with a boy named James. Together they find a book and try to follow its clues to a grand prize.


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Aug 30, 2015

"Geez. Hollister wasn't kidding. Poe really did have a twisted imagination."


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