Book Scavenger / Jennifer Chambliss Bertman ; with illustrations by Sarah Watts.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Twelve-year-old Emily is on the move again. Her family is relocating to San Francisco, home of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger, a game where books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles. But Emily soon learns that Griswold has been attacked and is in a coma, 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 and leads to a valuable prize. But there are others on the hunt for this special book, and Emily and James must race to solve the puzzles Griswold left behind before his attackers come after them.
    • Notes:
      "Christy Ottaviano Books."
      Middle School
      810 Lexile
    • ISBN:
      9781627791151 (hardback)
      1627791159 (hardback)
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    • ABNT:
      BERTMAN, J. C.; WATTS, S. Book Scavenger. [s. l.]: Henry Holt and Company, 2015. ISBN 9781627791151. Disponível em: Acesso em: 12 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Bertman JC, Watts S. Book Scavenger. Henry Holt and Company; 2015. Accessed December 12, 2019.
    • APA:
      Bertman, J. C., & Watts, S. (2015). Book Scavenger. Henry Holt and Company. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss, and Sarah Watts. 2015. Book Scavenger. Henry Holt and Company.
    • Harvard:
      Bertman, J. C. and Watts, S. (2015) Book Scavenger. Henry Holt and Company. Available at: (Accessed: 12 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Bertman, JC & Watts, S 2015, Book Scavenger, Henry Holt and Company, viewed 12 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss, and Sarah Watts. Book Scavenger. Henry Holt and Company, 2015. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss, and Sarah Watts. Book Scavenger. Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Bertman JC, Watts S. Book Scavenger [Internet]. Henry Holt and Company; 2015 [cited 2019 Dec 12]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2015 May #2

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 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. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring

Garrison Griswold, mastermind of hidden-book game Book Scavenger, is mugged; his new edition of an Edgar Allan Poe story is missing. Twelve-year-old Emily and fellow code-enthusiast James find the book and discover typos in the text that spell out words. Codes and ciphers star in this puzzle-game of a novel. An intriguing author's note gives further information on Poe's love of ciphers.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #5

Twelve-year-old Emily is an avid player of Book Scavenger, the hidden-book game masterminded by publishing legend Garrison Griswold. When her family moves to San Francisco, home of Griswold's Bayside Press, she hopes it will position her favorably for the new game he's about to launch. But then Griswold is mugged and left in a coma, and the book he was carrying—a new edition of the Edgar Allan Poe short story "The Gold-Bug"—is missing. At the site of the mugging, Emily and her new friend and fellow code-enthusiast James find the book and take it home, where, upon reading it, they discover typos in the text that spell out words: fort, wild, rat, home, open, belief. Emily and James start following the clues—but nefarious others want the book, and they've already shown they're willing to hurt people to get it. Codes and ciphers star in this puzzle-game of a novel, offering challenges for code-breaking fanatics plus plentiful explanation Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

PW Reviews 2015 April #2

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)

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