How Well Do You Know Book Scavenger?

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, author of the Book Scavenger series, competes against a big fan of the series in this 25th episode of Author Fan Face-Off, hosted by author Steve Sheinkin and school librarian Stacey Rattner. How well would you have done with these Book Scavenger trivia questions?

Help Celebrate Book Scavenger’s Birthday!

Sunday, June 2, marks four years since Book Scavenger has been published!

Want to help celebrate Book Scavenger’s birthday? Here’s something easy you can do: Hide a book!

Any children’s book—it doesn’t have to be part of the Book Scavenger series. Chose a book you’d like to share with others!

Here’s what you do:

Once you’ve chosen the book you’d like to hide . . .

  1. Print out a game plate here.
  2. Get a tracking number for your book here.
  3. Write the tracking number on the game plate and secure that to your book.
  4. Put the book in a plastic bag to protect it.
  5. Pick a public hiding spot and hide your book.
  6. Submit a Hidden Book form.


That’s it! If your hiding spot is some place where people not playing the game might find the book, leave a friendly note asking for the book to be left alone unless they want to play the game. Something like this:

“Hi! This book is part of a game called Book Scavenger. Please leave me here if you don’t want to play the game. Someone will find me soon!”


When your hidden book post is on the Book Scavenger website, share it with others to celebrate Book Scavenger! Examples:

Happy birthday, Book Scavenger! To celebrate, I hid The Train of Lost Things by Ammi-Joan Paquette.

Book Scavenger is turning 4! To celebrate, I hid Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence.


If a book is hidden near you, go see if you can find it! If you do, fill out a “Found a Book” form so we can update the Hidden Book post.


Also, if you’ll be in the San Francisco Bay Area on June 9, please come celebrate Book Scavenger in person at Books Inc. in Palo Alto at 2:30! There will be games like Pin the Cowlick on James, you can pose as Emily and James in a Book Scavenger photo booth, and there will be more fun and games too!





Book Scavenger Map Puzzle!

If you pre-ordered a copy of The Alcatraz Escape then you should soon (or maybe already!) receive the Book Scavenger map I had designed by Curious City and illustrated by the talented Marty Braun. You will also discover on the map A PUZZLE!


Please submit your answer to the puzzle to me at by midnight PST on June 1, 2018. I will announce one randomly drawn winner to receive a $50 gift card to the bookstore of your choice in this space on June 2.

Congratulations to Brielle, the winner of the gift card!

Book Scavenger Events!


We’ll be playing games and talking books! It will be a lot of fun and I hope you can come if you will be near one of the following cities!

Children’s Book Week!

Calling all book lovers, treasure hunters, and puzzle solvers! It’s Children’s Book Week and all over the country bookstores and libraries are hosting Book Scavenger Hunts. The winning puzzlers will get gift cards and signed books. See each location for rules and prizing details. Check out the list below to find out where you can join the hunt!

Share your photos online using #BookScavengerHunt!




Bay Books (partnering with Coronado Middle School)

1029 Orange Avenue

Coronado, CA  92118

Wednesday, May 4th


Book Passage

51 Tamal Vista Blvd.,

Corte Madera, CA 94925

Saturday, May 7th starting at 11 AM


Branches Books            

40282 Highway 41, Suite 14 Oakhurst,

CA 93644  CA      

Monday, May 2nd – Friday, May 6th from 3-4 PM


Folio Books

3957 24th Street,

San Francisco, CA 94114

Saturday, May 7th at 2 PM




New Castle Public Library

424 Delaware St

New Castle, DE 19720

Saturday, May 7th at 11 AM




Writer’s Block Bookstore          

124 E. Welbourne Ave.

Winter Park, FL 32789  

Saturday, May 7th at 10 AM



Anderson’s Bookshop

5112 Main St.

Downers Grove, IL 60515

Saturday, May 7th at 2 PM


Barbara’s Bookstore   

810 Village center Dr,

Burr Ridge IL 60527

Saturday, May 7th at 2 PM



Dubois Branch Library

5506 E Main St.

Dubois, IN 47527

Saturday, May 7th from 10 AM to noon




Silver Lake Library

203 Railroad

Silver Lake, KS

Thursday, May 5th from 5:30-7:00 PM


Watermark Books & Cafe         

4701 E. Douglas,

Wichita, KS 67218        

Saturday, May 7th at 11:30 AM




Octavia Books

513 Octavia St.

New Orleans LA 70115

Saturday, May 7th at 9 AM




Children’s Book Cellar

52 Main St

Waterville, ME 04901

Friday, May 6th at  4 PM




Curious Iguana  

12 North Market Street,

Frederick MD 21701  

Saturday, May 7th from 11 AM – 4 PM




An Open Book   

209 Jefferson St S,

Wadena, MN 56482  

Saturday, May 7th from 1 PM – 5 PM


Red Balloon Bookshop

891 Grand Ave,

St Paul, MN 55105

Saturday, May 7th at 12 PM




The Book House, St. Louis        

7352 Manchester Rd,

St. Louis, MO 63143         

Saturday, May 7th at 10 AM


Downtown Book & Toy

125 East High Street

Jefferson City, MO 65101   

Saturday, May 7th at 10 AM


Trails Regional Library

1008 Main Street

Lexington, MO 64067

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New York


Colgate Bookstore       

3 Utica Street

Hamilton NY 13346          

Tuesday, May 3rd from 2 PM – 5 PM




The Learned Owl Book Shop

204 N. Main St.,

Hudson, OH   

Saturday, May 7th at 1 PM




Tattered Corners New & Used Bookstore         

247 Chestnut St,

Meadville, PA 16335

Thursday, May 5th at 3 PM


South Carolina


Joe’s Place Bookstore & More

640 South Main Street Suite 101-B

Greenville, SC 29601 SC       

Saturday, May 7th at 3 PM


The Storybook Shoppe

41 Calhoun St Unit A,

Bluffton, SC 29910

Friday, May 6th, from 4 PM to 5 PM





226 Locust St

Hudson, WI 54016

Tuesday, May 3rd at 4 PM


Tribeca GalleryCafe & Books

401 E. Main St.,

Watertown WI 53094

May 2nd-May 8th




Hooray for Books!

1555 King Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

Saturday, May 7th at 11 AM


Winchester Book Gallery          

185 North Loudoun Street,

Winchester, VA 22601         

Saturday, May 7th from 2 PM – 5 PM

San Francisco Book Scavenger Hunt, June 26-June 29!




Alexander Book Co. (Downtown San Francisco)

Book Passage (Corte Madera and San Francisco locations)

Books Inc.  (all San Francisco locations)

BookShop West Portal (West Portal)

The Booksmith (Haight-Ashbury)

Christopher’s Books (Potrero Hill)

DIESEL, A Bookstore (Larkspur and Oakland locations)

Folio Books (Noe Valley)

A Great Good Place for Books (Oakland)

Green Apple Books (San Francisco)

Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary & Garden Arts (Berkeley)

The Reading Bug (San Carlos)

Russian Hill Bookstore (Russian Hill)


50 Books to 50 States Book Scavenger Giveaway and Game!

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