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Book Scavenger

Title: Book Scavenger

Author: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Series: Book Scavenger

Recommended for: Grades 4-6

Pages: 354

Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Chambliss Bertman, J.

Synopsis: I love mysteries and this is a hoot. You are forever guessing what is going on and the best part is that there is actually a book scavenger site where you can find and hide books.  How great is that. A great read aloud in a classroom over time and a good paced book for any child to read in late elementary to early middle school.

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 her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now 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 himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.

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Echo: A Novel

Echo cover

 

Title: Echo: A Novel

Author: Pam Munoz Ryan

Series: N/A

Recommended for: Grades 5-9
Pages: 585
Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Ryan, P.

Synopsis:   Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.

Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo.

This was a fabulous book but a little complex because of the different stories being told in parts and the endings revealed near the end.  I thought the ending could have been better but you will definitely not look at a harmonica the same again.  Imagery was fabulous and a good view on life during the War during the Hitler era as well as Pearl Harbor. I would recommend this book for a higher reader in 5th grade while middle school to beginning of high school would be appropriate.  Definitely a good book to read aloud to a higher level classroom but it would take some time to complete.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2015 in Fantasy, Historical, Juv

 

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