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|Multiplying mysteries of Mount Ten|
Author: Van Dolzer, Krista
When twelve-year-old painter Esther gets stuck at math camp rather than art camp, she is determined to prove herself but someone leaves cryptic messages intended to drive her away.
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/04/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/01/2019 On a road trip to art camp during a thunderstorm, 12-year-old Esther and her stepdad, Toby, are stranded after their truck hits a boulder on the flooded roadway. Luckily, they find refuge at a nearby math camp, which is known for its cryptography course. Esther joins the sparse crew of campers and soon impresses them by solving a challenging puzzle. But mysteries abound: Where is Esther’s cabinmate Angeline? Who’s leaving cryptic clues? And what other secrets lurk at Camp Archimedes? After Esther stumbles across clues, a few fellow campers join her in late-night sleuthing expeditions. She narrates her adventures, telling how her art skills help her solve logic puzzles, gathering a great many clues, and leaping to the unwarranted conclusion that she’s on the trail of a murderer, which ramps up the tension for the young investigators and perhaps for readers as well. Esther’s warm relationship with her stepfather is an appealing facet of the story. Not a classic mystery, but a chapter book with some appeal for kids who enjoy math and cryptography problems. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.