Book Scavenger

Book review by Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Fascinating mystery nurtures a love of puzzles and codes.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 9+


This book is a page-turner. It never stops. The 2 main characters are unlikely friends, and they show some cool characteristics of friendship throughout -- supporting each other at all costs, but also getting in an argument for not supporting each other at the right time. The puzzles and ciphers add a great piece of brain building. The gun shot scene at the beginning seems a little too much for the younger kids. And the kids getting chased by the bad guys, and the end when the gun is present again are both pretty intense. It all turns out great, so it leaves everyone with a positive mindset, but it could scare some kids, especially any kids who've ever been around guns or bad guys.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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    Perfectly set bookish mystery with some spooky stuff.

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