Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss. Book Scavenger. Henry Holt, 2015. $16.99. ISBN 9781627791151. 354p. Ages 9 – 12. Q8P7
What could be better for a book-loving young girl, whose family has lived all over the United States, than a nationwide Book Scavenger Hunt? It isn’t until Emily’s family moves to San Francisco, which is the home of the man who created the Scavenger Hunt, that Emily’s favorite past time turns mysterious and dangerous. With help from her new friend Matthew, Emily uncovers a secret plot to derail the Hunt and its founder. While attempting to solve the mystery, Emily ventures all over San Francisco. The author seemingly is up on the historical facts of the city and provides lots of interesting information. Additionally, the author accurately depicts what it is like to be a child who has had to move to a new location every year and the challenges she faces forming and maintaining relationships because of her family’s nomadic lifestyle.
June 2016 review by Terri Lippert.