A book is now hiding in Mobile, AL United States

Hidden on: 05/04/2021

Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window

Author: Lemony Snicket

Tracking Number:

Location: Longleaf Pine Treasure Forest (near Mobile Botanical Gardens), Mobile, AL United States

Clue:

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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

A book is now hiding in Los Gatos, CA United States

Hidden on: 05/03/2021

Title: Summer of the Sea Serpent

Author: Mary Pope Osborne

Tracking Number:

Location: Howes Play Lot, Thomas Drive., Los Gatos, CA United States

Clue:

The Picture will show you. Hidden in a corner. (Gazebo)

A book is now hiding in Willmette, Illinois United States

Hidden on: 05/03/2021

Title: Max And The Midknights

Author: Lincoln Peirce, author of Big Nate

Tracking Number:

Location: , Willmette, Illinois United States

Clue:

i am on the street that is a tree. Canada’s symbol is the name to.im am above a beach with now water. and on top of a cut down,carved tree.

(FOUND) A book is now hiding in New Bern, North Carolina United States

Hidden on: 05/02/2021

Title: The Call of the Wild

Author: Jack London

Tracking Number:

Location: Flanner’s Beach park, New Bern, North Carolina United States

Clue:

At the park, in the sun, but wait… the words are hidden in the dark. A dark spot, in a tall, light one. Leaves above but a dark cool couch it rests on.

 

(FOUND) A book is now hiding in New Bern, North Carolina United States

Hidden on: 05/02/2021

Title: The Call of the Wild

Author: Jack London

Tracking Number:

Location: , New Bern, North Carolina United States

Clue:

At the park, in the sun, but wait… the words are hidden in the dark. A dark spot, in a tall, light one. Leaves above but a dark cool couch it rests on.

 

A book is now hiding in Battle Creek, Michigan United States

Hidden on: 05/01/2021

Title: The Strangers

Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Tracking Number:

Location: , Battle Creek, Michigan United States

Clue:

I am on a street that starts with an O and ends with an S. You will find this street across from a private school’s soccer field. Tucked away next to a tree, you will find me guaranteed.