Parents' Guide to

Book Scavenger

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fascinating mystery nurtures a love of puzzles and codes.

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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

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

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (9):

BOOK SCAVENGER is a book lover's delight: It weaves in mysteries, puzzles, and secret treasure with the real histories of beloved authors. Emily is an admirable and relatably flawed character for book worms. She gets caught up in the stories she loves, sometimes to the detriment of her real-world relationships. Here, readers are encouraged to break codes and solve puzzles alongside the protagonist, consider the history of famous authors in a new light, and navigate relationships with friends and loved ones as they move in and out of the world of books and the world we inhabit every day.

The book could engage otherwise reluctant readers, as it shows that the life of the mind can be plenty exciting in real life while reinforcing the engrossing escape books can offer. It also features definitions in the back, with resources for real-life Book Scavengers that readers can participate in.

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