(FOUND) A book is now hiding in Orinda, California United States

Hidden on: 01/24/2021

Title: Land Of Stories #1: The Wishing Spell (but should change over time)

Author: Chris Colfer

Tracking Number: 14905

Location: Mulholland Ridge, Orinda, California United States


This book is hidden on “the ridge.” If you’ve never been up here before, you’re in for a treat! Bring your family for a nice walk. (And bring a jacket — it’s often foggy and chilly).

Near the entrance to MOFD Firetrail 44-11 (about 1,030′ past 89 Donald Drive on the right-hand side), you will find a lockbox with a book inside. Solve the magic square puzzle below (in the image), and use the three numbers in the RIGHT-HAND COLUMN to open the box.

Keep the fun going! Don’t just leave the box empty. Bring a book (but not a library book!) and leave it locked in the box for the next book scavenger to find.

In a 3×3 magic square puzzle like this one, you use number 1-9. You may use each number ONLY ONCE. You will know you have solved the puzzle correctly when the numbers in EACH row, column and diagonal add up to 15.

(FOUND) A book is now hiding in Orinda, California United States

Hidden on: 01/23/2021

Title: The Name of This Book is Secret

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch

Tracking Number: 14898

Location: Approximately 55 Ivy Drive, Orinda, California United States


This puzzle has three levels:

1) Unscramble the letters in the darker squares of the crossword puzzle (see photo) to find the precise location of the book hidden at approximately 55 Ivy Drive.

2) As an added bonus for Del Rey students: if you finish the whole crossword… wow! Great job! That’s really impressive. Bring the finished crossword to Mrs. Lee and she will reward your efforts and knowledge with a gift: a book of your choice.

3) As an *added* added bonus for Del Rey students, there’s one more thing to notice about this puzzle, something that only the most astute sleuths will figure out: there’s a reference to a certain book series hiding in this puzzle and its clues. If you detect this piece of the puzzle, nice job! Keep it a secret… except do tell Mrs. Lee and she will reward you with — you guessed it — a book of your choice.

You can do one, two or all three parts of the puzzle.


1) Every one of the answers is related to nursery rhymes, children’s books or famous stories and legends that most elementary kids know. You may not *remember* an answer, but I highly doubt that there’s anything here that you’ve never heard of.

2) Don’t worry if you don’t get an answer right away. After all, this is meant to be a challenge! Think for a moment, and if you don’t get it, move on. At the end, go back to the ones you left blank. Can you figure them out now that you have some of the letters?

3) No cheating. If it feels like it might be cheating, it probably is. (A good rule for life).

4) OK, fine, if you want to get specific about the no cheating thing: No asking someone to just tell you the answer. But talking with family members or a friend to figure something out together is OK. Looking at your books to figure out or remember a title or character is OK.

5) Working with a friend of family member is a great way to solve a crossword puzzle. It’s more fun, and besides, everybody knows and remembers different things, so you have a better chance of finishing if you team up (especially with someone of a different age).

6) If you’ve done all that — you’ve worked with a friend or family member *and* you’ve looked at books to jog your memory — and you *still* can’t figure it out, then yes, you can look up an answer online. But give it a few days first. Do your best to figure it out without the internet. And remember that the Level 2 puzzle (finishing the whole crossword) is not a race. There can be multiple people who complete the whole crossword and earn a reward — so try letting the puzzle sit for a day or two (this allows you to think about it again tomorrow) before you start googling.

And, now, for the clues themselves:


3. Owner of a magic pasta pot. In Italian, her name means “Grandma Witch”
6. Dragons love them. But not with spicy salsa.
8. ___ _., former Kid Spy for the Queen of England (now an author)
11. Officer Buckle’s canine buddy
13. The first name of kid detective who loves pancakes (see also 6 down)
14. Author/illustrator of historical graphic novels (also the the subject of his first book, the name of a famous American soldier and spy)
16. Friend to The Hooligans. Do not panic!
17. Jack and Annie’s first adventure (Magic Treehouse #1)
18. Boys who dug a hole but did not find treasure
20. Where the ____ ______Are
22. __ Putter and _____ (an old man and his cat)
23. Owner of a famous chocolate factory
25. The Boy Who Lived
26. “Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow … turn this stupid fat ___ yellow!”
28. He was a good little monkey, and always very curious
29. Girl detective Drew
32. Author/illustrator of the Knufflebunny, Pigeon, and Elephant & Piggie books
35. In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived …
36. Kristi, Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey and Dawn: The ___________ Club
37. Wilbur’s spider friend
38. Adventurous mouse _____ Stilton
39. Pants-less superhero of George and Harold’s homemade comic books. Tra-la-laa!!!


1. _____ Stories To Tell in the Dark (Alvin Schwartz’s classic collection of spooky short stories)
2. The Three Little ____
4. With Dink and Josh, one of three detectives in Green Lawn, Connecticut
5. Hermione _______, the brightest witch of her age
6. The end of the name of kid detective who loves pancakes (see also 13 across)
7. The Name of This Book Is _____ (Pseudonymous Bosch)
8. Mac Barnett’s silly counting book features pancake-eating lumberjacks and polka-dotted rhinoceroses with bagpipes and bad breath … but no actual _______ as he promised in the title
9. The book that inspired this puzzle
10. The Book With No ________
12. The Very Hungry ___________
13. ___ ___, the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal, about a boy who goes to a new school
15. The name of the legendary sword in the stone
17. Famous vampire
19. Diary of a _____ Kid
21. _____ blind mice, see how they run ….
22. The “porcine wonder” resident of Deckawoo Drive who loves hot buttered toast
24. The One and Only ____, Mighty Silverback
27. ____ __ ___ __ Hat, Caldecott medal winner about a little fish wearing a hat and the big fish who wants it back
30. The Day the _______ Quit
31. Last name of beloved British author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, Matilda, The BFG and others. He was also a fighter pilot and spy.
33. The _____, he who “speaks for the trees” and confronts the Once-ler
34. Toad’s best friend
36. Two friends who never meant to like each other: Ivy and ____

(FOUND) A book is now hiding in Orinda, California United States

Hidden on: 01/23/2021

Title: Agatha, Girl of Mystery: The Eiffel Tower Incident

Author: Steve Stevenson

Tracking Number: 14902

Location: Orinda Intermediate School, Orinda, California United States


In Book Scavenger, new friends Emily and James create a secret written language to communicate with each other. Use their cipher to decode this clue and find the book hidding in the “friendship garden” near the OIS office:

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(FOUND) A book is now hiding in Orinda, California United States

Hidden on: 01/23/2021

Title: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party

Author: Nathan Hale

Tracking Number: 14897

Location: Orinda Intermediate School, Orinda, California United States


Agent P (Perry the Platypus) has a entrance to his secret lair on the OIS campus! Find it and you’ve found your book.


(FOUND) A book is now hiding in McKinney, Texas United States

Hidden on: 01/21/2021

Title: The Isle of the Lost

Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Tracking Number: 14932

Location: Stonebridge Ranch, McKinney, Texas United States


Shout out to all those true Book Scavenger fans! Here’s your clue:

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(FOUND) A book is now hiding in Lamar, Missouri United States

Hidden on: 01/17/2021

Title: Nora Ryan’s Song

Author: Patricia Reilly Giff

Tracking Number: 14909

Location: City Park, Lamar, Missouri United States


At the park
Talk a walk
And find a place
to the South
to take a break
in the trees.


(FOUND) A book is now hiding in St. Louis, Missouri United States

Hidden on: 01/17/2021

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Tracking Number: 111111

Location: City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri United States


In a secret place where you can hear mad evil cackling, and smell the perfume of frog sweat.


(FOUND) A book is now hiding in Chicago, Illinois United States

Hidden on: 01/17/2021

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J.K.Rowling

Tracking Number: 10482

Location: Cedarwood Drive, Chicago, Midwest United States


Look below your feet where you can hear dogs barking and horses whinnying.


(FOUND) A book is now hiding in Plano, Texas United States

Hidden on: 01/11/2021

Title: Straw into Gold

Author: Gary D. Schmidt

Tracking Number: 14852

Location: Caddo Park, Plano, Texas United States


It’s in a bush, some grass or straw, look where the concrete meets the water, or not too far.