Published by Disney-Hyperion Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery & Detective
THE AMBROSE DECEPTION Blog Tour
Melissa is a nobody. Wilf is a slacker. Bondi is a show-off. At least that’s what their middle school teachers think. To everyone’s surprise, they are the three students chosen to compete for a ten thousand-dollar scholarship, solving clues that lead them to various locations around Chicago. At first the three contestants work independently, but it doesn’t take long before each begins to wonder whether the competition is a sham. It’s only by secretly joining forces and using their unique talents that the trio is able to uncover the truth behind the Ambrose Deception–a truth that involves a lot more than just a scholarship.
With a narrative style as varied and intriguing as the mystery itself, this adventure involving clever clues, plenty of perks, and abhorrent adults is pure wish fulfillment.
Emily Ecton is a writer and producer for Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!,
the NPR news quiz. She has also been a playwright, a chinchilla wrangler, an ice cream scooper and a costume character. She lives
in Chicago with her dog, Binky.
5 stars – Special thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy!
The Ambrose Deception captured my attention with the first paragraph and I continued reading the rest with glee! I haven’t been this excited about a middle grade read since I first found Kiki Strike by Kirsten Miller. Seriously, this review should just be exclamation points. This scavenger hunt by three preteens will take you on a wild ride when they are chosen to compete for a selective scholarship that no one has ever heard about. Wilf, Melissa, and Bondi are given access to everything a kid would need to go on the ultimate mystery. As the kids figure out the clues, they also find that there is more mystery as to who is giving this prize and why.
All of these kids are smart and each approaches the hunt with varying degrees of interest and need for the grand prize of ten thousand dollars. As they finish the end of the hunt, they decide to come together to unravel who is behind this game. Melissa is probably my favorite since she is a snarky red-head that is intent on making this work. Wilf just wants to get by and have fun. Bondi really is smart but hides that fact by his antics. The background of Chicago featured easily recognizable sites and since I was there recently, it was just the perfect background. It is always exciting to have seen landmarks that you are reading about. I really want more from this author!
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE AMBROSE DECEPTION, US Only.
Ends on February 27th at Midnight EST!
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