BookGirl With Jennifer Bertman

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman writes stories with a bit of mystery, a bit of humor, and a lot of fun. Her debut novel, BookScavenger (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt), was an Indie Next Kids’ Top Ten Pick, an Indie Best New Voices finalist, a Junior Library Guild selection, one of five titles chosen for Publisher’s Weekly Best Summer Middle Grade Books for 2015, and an Amazon Best Book of 2015, among other accolades. A sequel titled The Unbreakable Code will be published in late 2016 followed by a third installment in the series in 2017. Foreign rights for all three books have been sold in eight languages. A stand-alone middle grade mystery will be published in 2018. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and worked in publishing for over a decade before becoming a children’s book author. She also has experience as a teacher and has worked with children for most of her life.


Legendary literary game-maker Garrison Griswold is back in action—this time with “Unlock the Rock.” For his latest game, Griswold has partnered with the famous–and famously reclusive–mystery writer Errol Roy to plan an epic escape room challenge on Alcatraz Island.

Emily and James are eager to participate, but the wave of fame they are riding from their recent book-hunting adventures makes them a target. Threatening notes, missing items, and an accident that might not have been an accident have the duo worried that someone is trying to get them out of the game at any cost.

When Emily’s brother is caught red-handed and blamed for all the wrong doings, Emily is certain Matthew is being framed. With Matthew’s record on the line, Emily and James can’t afford to leave this mystery uncracked.

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm