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The Alcatraz Escape: 06/02/18

The Alcatraz Escape

The Alcatraz Escape by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman is the third of the Book Scavenger middle grade mystery series set in San Francisco. The Book Scavenger is hosting "Unlock the Rock" a clues and riddle based game on Alcatraz. Emily, her brother and neighbor James and a school friend want to participate but someone is sending them threatening notes to get them to drop out.

As with the previous two books, Book Scavenger (2015) and The Unbreakable Code (2017) there are two mysteries: one related to the Book Scavenger game and a real world one.

This time around the real world mystery was the obvious one and the Unlock the Rock clues were the tricky ones. In both cases, though, since this is a middle grade mystery, the clues are there to be solved by any observant and persistent reader. The clue, for instance, the Emily gets as her entry to the game, is subtly devious but completely solvable. Frankly next time I see a riddle like that I'm going to be more observant with the pieces of the riddle.

The Alcatraz Escape is a little shorter than the second book, and frankly the perfect length for a fun afternoon of reading. I don't know if a fourth one is planned but I will definitely read it if there is.

Five stars

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