Bound To Stay Bound

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 Hide and Geek (Hide And Geek)
 Author: Jagger, T. P.

 Publisher:  Random House (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 309 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 486618 ISBN: 9780593377932
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Mystery fiction
 Buried treasure -- Fiction
 Inheritance and succession -- Fiction
 Toymakers -- Fiction
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Cities and towns -- Fiction
 New Hampshire -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

Summary:
Eleven-year-old Gina Sparks, aspiring journalist, and her fellow GEEKs, Edgar, Elena, and Kevin, live in Elmwood, New Hampshire, a small town in serious danger of vanishing completely--unless the four friends can find the Van Houten fortune, which was supposedly promised to the town by Maxine Van Houten, a famous toymaker who loved complicated puzzles.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.00
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 513932

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/21)
   Booklist (01/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2022 Ever since a classmate dismissively called 11-year-old Gina (apprentice journalist) and her friends Edgar (aspiring actor), Elena (science-loving prankster), and Kevin (math genius) the GEEKs, they’ve proudly claimed the name as their own. When their dwindling community’s main employer announces the only factory’s shutdown, they’re dismayed. Long ago, deceased local inventor-entrepreneur Maxine van Houten had promised that her fortune would go to the town, but instead, it disappeared. Now a letter from Van Houten has surfaced and challenges readers to follow cryptic clues to the treasure. Knowing that finding it will avert the end of both the town and the close-knit GEEKs, they focus their energy on solving the mystery, despite threats from an unknown adversary. Since Gina submits articles to the local newspaper for the editor (her mother) to critique, it’s not surprising that she narrates the story in a clear, factual, and entertaining way. A couple of outsiders are introduced as possible suspects, but the whodunit question is less interesting than the interactions and shifting dynamics among the GEEKs. Appealing fare for mystery fans. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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