Greetings, Readers!

Garrison Griswold, here, inviting you to join in some bookish fun! How would you like to win one of FIFTY advance reader copies of Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman and the opportunity to launch the game this story was based on? Here’s a bit more about this book

BookScavenger3dTwelve-year-old Emily is on the move again. Her family is relocating to San Francisco, home of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger, a game where books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles. But Emily soon learns that Griswold has been attacked and is in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold and leads to a valuable prize. But there are others on the hunt for this book, and Emily and James must race to solve the puzzles Griswold left behind before Griswold’s attackers make them their next target.

Book Scavenger won’t be available in bookstores or libraries until June 2, but for the next week (February 18-February 25), FIFTY advance copies will be given away to a winner in each US state, with the condition that the reader hides the book in a public place (after they read it, of course!) and reports it here on

And if you are not one of the initial 50 winners, do not fear! You can still participate in the game by seeking out books as they are hidden. Check back here for updates on where the books are at, or follow @jabertie on Twitter or Jennifer Chambliss Bertman on Facebook. And, of course, Book Scavenger will be available to readers everywhere in the United States on June 2, 2015.


  1. Tweet this post and make sure to include #BookScavenger and #YourState. Example tweet: “Win an arc of #BookScavenger in the 50 Books to 50 States Giveaway! Plus help launch a book hunting game! 
  2. Share this post on Facebook and make sure to include #BookScavenger and #YourState. Example: Win an arc of #BookScavenger in the 50 Books to 50 States Giveaway! Plus help launch a book hunting game! 
  3. “Like” Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s Facebook Author Page and comment or private message with your state.
  4. Comment on this post! Make sure to write in your state and a way to be contacted if you are the winner. (Email, Twitter handle.) Or check back at the end of February for the list of winners.
  5. Send an email to with “50 Books to 50 States” as the subject and your state in the text of the email.

That makes five possible ways to enter, allowing you five total entries. IMPORTANT: #BookScavenger is how social media entries will be tracked, so without that hashtag your entry might get missed. And you must include your state in order for your entry to qualify.

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on February 25. Winners will be drawn randomly from the entries for each state. In the event a winner cannot be contacted within 48 hours, a runner-up will be chosen.

Good luck!

Yours in pages and play,

Garrison Griswold

72 Responses to “50 Books to 50 States Book Scavenger Giveaway and Game!”

  1. Beth MacDougall

    sounds like a great book, I think both my son and daughter will like it. Looking forward to its release….we are in Pennsylvania

  2. BJ Gaskill

    So Awesome!!!
    North Carolina-HERE 🙂
    beejee77 at gmail dot com

  3. Jennifer Wedmore

    HI! I entered all 5 ways but twitter is under my business name Wickedlyinnocentpromo.

    YOu can contact me via email Carpediem5366 @ Gmail dot Com. #LoveFlorida

  4. JoAnn Motta

    I live in Irvine, CA- and I would LOVE to do this. Reading is my jam 🙂 I have a Little Free Library at my house! Please contact me via email:

  5. Erin Broderick

    I love this idea and can’t wait to share the book with my students! @librarybrods in Massachusetts!

  6. Karen

    This sounds so exciting! Can’t wait to read it here in Massachusetts @KMJoeyen

  7. Felicia

    What fun! Just the synopsis has inspired me to do a book scavenger hunt with my students. I can’t wait to share this with them in the future! <3 from Massachusetts

    Feliciaquesada at gmail

  8. Donna Macdonald

    I hope to participate in the scavenger hunt for the state of VERMONT. I may be reached through Twitter (@dsmacdonald) or email ( Thanks for organizing such a fun project!

  9. julie

    Hmmm, very interesting and exciting. Looking forward to hunting in Missouri.

  10. Ellen Deckinga

    This sounds like it will be fun, especially with my summer reading kids! Cannot wait to see what excitement this brings to those of us in central Texas! @EllenDeckinga

  11. Shelley Smith

    This looks like a really cool book! ‘Would love to help with the scavenger hunt here in Texas.

  12. Kristen Picone

    This sounds like so much fun! I’d love to be the New York winner!

  13. Alicia Bayer

    I love the sounds of the book! We’re in Minnesota. I’d also love to feature/review it for my homeschooling column if you’re interested. 🙂

  14. Teresa Garrett

    How fun! This would be an awesome activity to do with my students here in the Heart of Texas.

    • Teresa Garrett

      Forgot to include my contact info: I can be reached via Twitter @MWLibraryDiva

  15. Jean-Marie

    How fun! It’s like geocaching but with books. Count us in in Florida.

  16. Vanessa Ramos

    Teacher in sunny Florida. Would love to get my hands on one of these books to participate in this awesome game by reading it with my class and then having them help me hide the book!

  17. Genie Strong

    Sounds like fun! My three children would love to represent #Virginia!

  18. x-hail

    Looking forward to a possible advance copy in Pennsylvania! @XHailGriswold

  19. Kathleen Mullery

    Love your book and game concept! Would love to represent MARYLAND.

  20. Stephanie Howell

    What a fun idea! My students would eat this up and Asheville, NC is just the kind of town to hide and find a delicious book!

  21. Denise Lyons

    This sounds great! Can’t wait to share in South Carolina. @drlyons

  22. Monica B

    Whoops! We’re in Florida. Email is easiest: shireest1994 (at) yahoo (dot) com. Thanks!

  23. Terri Jones

    What a great way to publicize a book. Can’t wait to go on a hunt in Delaware!

  24. Elsa Ouvrard-Prettol

    This looks like a great way to grab students’ attention, both into reading, and then as an introduction to their new classroom/school, at the beginning of the year. I’m already plotting how I can get teachers and administration to allow me to organize a book scavenger in the school in August!

    Of course, I’d love to be the #California winner. If I am, I can be reached on Twitter at @NCSLibrarian



  25. Patti Fleser

    As a middle school librarian in Illinois, I find this intriguing and exciting!

  26. Kristin DeBerry

    Best idea I have heard next to hiding scarfs in the winter! Can’t wait to hide in Virginia!

  27. Alice Cyphers

    @BookedGirl – this is such a generous offer and fabulous idea!! I think I’d like to do something similar for my school in Pennsylvania. Thanks!

  28. Jenna Muiderman

    I’m in North Dakota! Sounds like a really great contest!
    Twitter handle is @jmyderman

  29. Dana

    #south Carolina. OR #Georgia I work in both states!
    Such a fun/great idea!! It is my hope that my email is attached to this post- I don’t want it out there for the masses :/
    Happy launch!

  30. Kari Riedel

    Hi! I’d love to share an ARC and details about the book with thousands of young readers on – an online community of 7-12 year old readers.

  31. Melanie Koss

    Illinois. This sounds like a great way to get my students excited about your book. And I intend to go hunting, and to encourage them to hunt as well.

  32. Ms. Yingling

    I have a student in my OHIO middle school who reads even MORE books than I do, and I think she would love to participate in this. I may be emailed at msyingling(at)yahoo (dot) com.

  33. Treva

    I wish I had seen this contest before tonight! This sounds like a book my daughter will love and I know she would have loved to help hide a book! And we are in Louisiana! Oh well, looks like we will be checking it out when it is released!