If I were putting my Cybils books in order of winner to worst it would start with Blackthorn Key (the winner!) and move down to Book Scavenger. I will continue the reviews of the last 3 books in this order of winner to worst in the next few days.
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman was a great read. It starts out with a very complicated explanation of how the Book Scavenger game is played. I almost gave up right then, so it makes me worried that middle grade readers might as well. After reading Book Scavenger and talking to my fellow judges we did determine that it was a lot like Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. Those who like that book will also like this book. I liked the boy / girl friendship between James & Emily and the relationship with her brother, Matthew. I also liked the way the parents were portrayed. In a lot of children’s books the parents are either not present or seem like idiots. It was also about a love of books and I love books! However, you may also need to have a love of puzzles. People who don’t love puzzles, may not like or finish this book. Which is unfortunate. But those who do like it will be excited to hear that there’s a book 2 in the works! (Coming January 2017)
2016 Reading Challenge: a book from the library