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The Puzzling World of Winston Breen

  Berlin, Eric

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Number of Pages: 215
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Realistic fiction

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Youth Fiction

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Voice of Youth Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

Winston Breen is a puzzle fanatic. When he's not poring over puzzle magazines, he's actively searching for puzzles and brain teasers in everyday life. His puzzle skills are put to the test in this highly enjoyable story when Winston and his younger sister Katie find themselves involved in a dangerous mystery involving a hidden ring. After Winston buys his sister a decorative keepsake box for her birthday, Katie stumbles upon a secret compartment that holds a set of four wooden strips with words and single letters on them. Their search to find out more about the word strips leads them on a mysterious treasure hunt with the town librarian, two strangers, a surly ex-policeman, and a reporter. I found this clever story to be a cross between The Westing Game and Chasing Vermeer; both are former VOYA books that I liked very much. I enjoy interactive books like this where the reader is asked to participate along with the hero. Readers have the choice of solving the puzzles or not, as the answers are at the back of the book, and most are not crucial to the story. For more interactive fun, readers can visit to print out the puzzles from the book and find dozens of other puzzles to challenge their brains. First time author Berlin is a professional puzzle creator.

Reviewed by: David Nelson on 4/8/2009

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