Click Here to Start by Denis Markell
Published by Delacorte BFYR
Expected Publication: July 19th 2016
Genres: Children, Mystery, Adventure
Summary from Goodreads:
Young fans of Ernie Cline's Ready Player One will love this classic video game inspired mystery filled with elements of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
What if playing video games was prepping you to solve an incredible real-world puzzle and locate a priceless treasure?
Twelve-year-old Ted Gerson has spent most of his summer playing video games. So when his great-uncle dies and bequeaths him the all so-called treasure in his overstuffed junk shop of an apartment, Ted explores it like it’s another level to beat. And to his shock, he finds that eccentric Great-Uncle Ted actually has set the place up like a real-life escape-the-room game!
Using his specially honed skills, Ted sets off to win the greatest game he’s ever played, with help from his friends Caleb and Isabel. Together they discover that Uncle Ted’s “treasure” might be exactly that—real gold and jewels found by a Japanese American unit that served in World War II. With each puzzle Ted and his friends solve, they get closer to unraveling the mystery—but someone dangerous is hot on their heels, and he’s not about to let them get away with the fortune.
Ted Gerson, a 12-year-old half Jewish and half Japanese-American boy, goes to see his ailing great-uncle at the hospital. What he doesn't know that he is about to embark on the greatest adventure of his life, a real-life escape-the-room game.
When his great-uncle passes away, he leaves Ted all of the contents of his apartment and "the treasure it contains". With the help of his best friend, Caleb Grant, and book smart Isabel Archer, Ted sets out to solve the clues and find the treasure. Add in a dose of history, WWII, Japanese internment camps; people looking for the same treasure; sass; and overall fill of excitement and suspense. The entire story is filled with adventure, daring quests, humour, enthusiastic characters (that are quiet believable), and mystery.
If you haven't picked up this novel yet, then do so today.
It is definitely worth checking out.
Denis Markell has written everything from off-Broadway Musicals to Situation Comedies and even funny birthday cards for family members.