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Jigsaw Jungle

Jigsaw Jungle
Kristin Levine
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2018
Source: ARC
Audience: Older Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
Claudia Dalton's father has disappeared. What began as a late night at work has spiraled into a missing persons case - one that's left twelve-year-old Claudia questioning everything she's ever known about her father and their family.
But when she finally gets word from her dad, it turns out he isn't missing at all. He's just gone to "think things over and visit an old friend," whatever that means. Feeling confused and helpless, Claudia starts to assemble a scrapbook, gathering emails, receipts, phone transcripts and more, all in a desperate attempt to figure out what's happening with her dad. Claudia's investigation deepens at her grandfather's house, where she receives an envelope containing a puzzle piece and a cryptic message.
It's this curious first clue that sets Claudia on an unexpected treasure hunt that she hopes will bring her dad home and heal whatever's gone wrong with her family.
 

I love Kristin Levine books, so I went into The Jigsaw Jungle prepared to enjoy it. I wasn’t disappointed. It had mystery and heartache. I can’t imagine going through what the main character did. If my dad would have done something like this, I would have had a horribly hard time forgiving him. The ending was well done and I was happy with it. However, one thing that annoyed me (and should not have) was how all of the characters said, “work the puzzle.” Either you PUT TOGETHER a puzzle or you WORK ON a puzzle. Ooo, it drove me crazy. It shouldn’t matter in the long run. 

Overall The Jigsaw Jungle was excellent and good for fans of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

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