Book Scavenger Website Update!

You may have noticed the Book Scavenger website has a new look! I can hardly believe it, but it’s been over six years since I launched this website and the game for the publication of Book Scavenger in 2015. Six years!!!

At the Book Scavenger launch party at Linden Tree bookstore.

Back then, I had no idea if anyone would read Book Scavenger, let alone want to play a version of the game in the book. But I kept thinking about how if I had read Book Scavenger when I was a kid, I would have wanted the game to be real. And the first thing I would have done after finishing the book would have been to look it up and see if it was. So I wanted something to exist for other readers like me.

To launch the game, I asked my publisher if they’d be willing to give me 50 advance copies of Book Scavenger with the plan to giveaway one copy to a reader in each of the 50 states, with the hope that the recipient would read the book, like the book, hide the book, and then post a clue on the website for others to find. My publisher loved the idea, and so we did the giveaway. A book went to each state, and I waited. Soon enough–copies were hidden! And then found! And more were hidden and found, and so on and so forth until now nearly 20,000 tracking numbers have been requested and books have been scavenged in Iran, Australia, Japan, Canada, Spain, China, France, Chile . . . so many different places around the world!

I am so grateful to all of you–the young readers, the teachers, the librarians, the parents, the booksellers, everyone who has embraced my books and continues to recommend them to others. There have been times I’ve thought maybe I should retire the website and game because it does take a bit to maintain, and I often feel like I’m falling short there, but then I get a nice message from one of you, or see a new hidden book post, and I’m reminded of my kid self, the one I wrote Book Scavenger for and the one I had in mind when I launched the game, and I think, I can’t stop now. As long as you are out there enjoying my books and wanting to play the game, then I want to try and keep it going for you the best that I can.


So after six years, I decided it was time for a refresh. Take a look around–there’s some new content and a few fun surprises for you to find as well . . . A huge thank you to Websy Daisy for designing the website for me!


I hope you like it!

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

September Book Love and Giveaway Game

Hi Readers! This is Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, the author of the Book Scavenger series. In an effort to support independent booksellers and spread some book love, I’ve decided to do a fun, new giveaway for my newsletter subscribers. Each month, my newsletter will feature a different independent bookstore and a few books I think Book Scavenger readers might enjoy. There will be a simple challenge to complete (the challenge for September is making up a caption for a funny photo of one of my cats), and everyone who participates is entered to win a book of their choice from my selection. (I’ll order the book for the winner from the featured bookstore and have it shipped direct to you. At this time, only United States addresses will be eligible to win as shipping costs are currently too high outside the US. I’m sorry!)


This month, the bookstore I’m spotlighting is Book People in Austin, TX. Book People is an amazing multistoried store, the kind of space I could easily spend hours browsing. I was lucky enough to visit Book People twice on my book tours. (That’s me in the photo below–they had those cutouts for an event for The Legend of Rock, Paper, and Scissors by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Adam Rex, a book that my son and I love reading aloud, so I had to take a picture for him.)

Here are the books I’m recommending this month (click on the titles to learn more about them or purchase through Book People):


A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat. I was blown away by this book! My favorite read of the year. Just read it. It’s amazing.


Keep it Together, Keiko Carter! by Debbi Michiko Florence. This one is next up on my To Read pile and I can’t wait! Three friends are starting 7th grade with big goals for themselves, but some drama comes into play and soon Keiko’s best friends aren’t talking and she’s caught in the middle.


The Vanderbeekers: Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser. The fourth Vanderbeekers is here!! I love this family and their many pets and reading about their adventures living in Harlem.


The Artifact Hunters by Janet Fox. This one is great for readers who like their stories a little scary. It’s suspenseful and beautifully blends fantasy into a realistic World War II setting. This is also a follow-up to the novel Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, but I don’t feel like you need to read the books in order. (But definitely read Charmed Children, too, if you like spooky stories. It’s goooood.)


Clean Getaway by Nic Stone.  If you like the way my Book Scavenger series incorporates historical nuggets into an adventurous story, then I’d definitely check this one out. Funny moments, fast-paced–a great read.


Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley. A very fun, well-paced mystery that reminded me a lot of my favorite board game Clue! Loved it.


Sound like fun? I hope so! If you are not already a newsletter subscriber, you can sign up here and look for my next newsletter to arrive in October.


Of course you don’t have to enter the giveaway or subscribe to my newsletter, but I do hope you’ll check out these wonderful books by borrowing them from your library or purchasing them from Book People or anywhere books are sold.


Thanks for reading the Book Scavenger series, and thanks for playing the game!



Congratulations to the initial recipients of the fifty Book Scavenger galleys! Six states had no entries, so an additional winner was chosen for the states with the most entries. Please email with your mailing address.

If your name isn’t below, remember you can still participate by checking back on this website here, or following @jabertie or the Author page for Jennifer Chambliss Bertman for updates on when/where books have been hidden. And, of course, the book will be available in stores and libraries June 2 (and you can pre-order it now). Thanks so much for the enthusiasm and for participating!

Yours in pages and play,

Garrison Griswold


Kayla Shae

Dee Janereth

Kristin L. Gray

Elsa Prettol
Becky Clines

Nancy Cooper


Donna Carter
Matthew Shuck

Jennifer Wedmore
Vanessa Ramos

Maria Cathcart

Marci Johnstone

Melanie Koss

Erin Esterling

Sarah Prineas

Katie Herman

Lois Sepahban

Rose Edwards

Kim Alexander
Dedra Van Gelder

Karen Moy Joe-Yen
Erin Broderick

Niki Ohs Barnes

Pamela Klinger-Horn


Dinie Gerbo

Elliott Bottorf

Krista Van Dolzer

New Hampshire
Karen Gianferrari

New Jersey
Mary Kriner Bock

New Mexico

New York
Fiona Gorham

North Carolina
BJ Gaskill

North Dakota
Jenna Muiderman

Ms. Yingling

Janet L. Baker

Bill Norris

Alice Cyphers @BookedGirl

Rhode Island
Robin Nyzio

South Carolina
Pam Cadden

Elizabeth Kabalka

Sarah Rice
Teresa Garrett

Jen Terry

Donna MacDonald

Genie Strong

Shannon Grogan

Sandy Pitelli

Ida Olson

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