I'm home on spring break for ten whole days of glorious Colorado sunshine, grandbaby-cuddling, dog-walking, cat-brushing, and catching up with as many dear friends as possible, including get-togethers with both of my writing groups: breakfast with my old group of twenty-plus years, dinner with the new group I joined this past fall.
The new writing group is consumed these days with celebration for the June 2 publication date of the debut novel Book Scavenger by one of our members, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman.
How I adored this book!
It’s a page-turning thriller, a valentine to the storied city of San
Francisco, an exploration of the nature of friendship and family, a
feast for puzzle aficionados and code breakers, and a celebration of the
community of book lovers everywhere. The reader’s only regret is going
to be that the Book Scavenger game Bertmann has created doesn’t exist in
real life, so that we could join Emily and James in playing it.
Bertmann’s debut novel establishes her as a major new voice in middle
grade fiction. Prediction: Book Scavenger will become a beloved classic
in the mode of The Westing Game and The Egypt Game. It’s off the charts
The book is based around the idea of a fictitious game where players hide copies of books all over the country and the world for other book-lovers to find, via cryptic clues posted on the Book Scavengers website. And the game now does exist on real life, thanks to Jen's website, with copies of the ARC hidden in all fifty states. And our writing group is playing the game ourselves, hiding copies of Jenn's book all over Boulder for each other to find.
Yesterday I got the clue from Laura to send me off to find mine. The clue said:
It is hidden! Start at Viele Lake. Take a walk to the southern part of
the lake, until you get to the fitness sign about the heel flex. Turn
your back to that sign. Then try to decode my cipher.
The cipher read: uxmpxxg uxgvaxl, ngwxk kfvd
So this morning before church I walked down to Viele Lake:
I headed back to the lake after worship. This time I found the correct spot.
I found the rock beneath which the book was supposed to be hidden:
Verdict on spring break so far: tons of fun.