Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Henry Holt and Co., 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Children, Younger Teens
Mr. Quisling is definitely up to something mysterious, and Emily and James are on high alert. First, there’s the coded note he drops at a book event. Then, they uncover a trail of encrypted messages in Mark Twain-penned books hidden through Book Scavenger. What’s most suspicious is that each hidden book triggers an arson fire.
As the sleuthing friends dig deeper, they discover Mr. Quisling has been hunting a legendary historical puzzle: the Unbreakable Code. This new mystery is irresistible, but Emily and James can’t ignore the signs that Mr. Quisling might be the arsonist.
The clock is ticking as the arson fires multiply, and Emily and James race to crack the code of a lifetime.
What a delightful adventure! I loved the ending, even though I solved the mystery ahead of time. I think that most kids wouldn’t see the answer as early as an adult might. Honestly, I don’t know how Jennifer Chambliss Bertman gets her ideas. It’s fun to see the characters develop, too. Fans of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library will love all of the Book Scavenger books!