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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
Allie, First at Last by Angela Cervantes
Avatar: The Last Airbender - North and South, Part One by Gene Luen Yang
Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schröder
Cat vs Human: Another Dose of Catnip by Yasmine Surovec
Catty Jane Who Hated the Rain by Valeri Gorbachev
Click Here to Start by Denis Markell
A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
Darned if You Do by Monica Ferris
The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon
Framed! by James Ponti
Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat
How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel by Jennifer Brown
The Journey of the Penguin by Emiliano Ponzi
Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern
Kiki and Jacques by Susan Ross
A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
Lost Cat by Caroline Paul
Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby
OCDaniel by Wesley King
The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde by Shannon Hale
Ratpunzel by Ursula Vernon
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle by Laura DiSilverio
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Sticks & Stones by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems
Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Valley of Kings by Michael Northrop
You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
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2 stars: OK
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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Click Here to Start: 12/17/16

Click Here to Start by Denis Markell

Click Here to Start by Denis Markell is a wonderful mixture of mystery, history, and gaming theory. It's a bit like PopCo for middle graders.

Ted Gerson is a Japanese-American boy who loves locked room games. He's one of the best at solving those types of puzzles. When his great uncle dies, he leaves behind a real world locked door treasure hunt for his nephew.

Ted's uncle lived in Hawaii, lived through Pearl Harbor, and served in the army in the European campaign. Usually in middle grade fiction when there's a Japanese American family and World War II, the story centers on the internment of Japanese Americans. Click Here reminds everyone that Hawaii — the place with the largest population of Japanese, didn't inter anyone.

In the present day, Ted's treasure hunt at first looks like a massive clean up job. The uncle was a bit of a hoarder. His apartment is full of weird stuff intermingled with garbage. To a mind honed on dozens of locked room puzzle games, Ted sees a pattern to the collection. He sees clues.

If this were just a treasure hunt that served as a meditation on how one's things reflect one's life, it would have been a quiet, memorable read. Ted finds himself in the midst of a video game brought to life with real world villains who want the treasure for themselves.

Fans of Framed by James Ponti will enjoy Click Here to Start.

Five stars

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