I love beautiful book covers. I’ve spent enough time in a classroom to know the importance of a great cover, and a great cover is what you will find on the front of Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s Book Scavenger.
I’m excited to reveal the cover (below).
If you are anything like me after seeing that cover you are dying to know a little bit more about what’s inside. Lucky, us! I have an interview with Jennifer below.
It’s a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 interview.
Here are the rules:
1. I give the interviewee 5 questions
2. They have to answer
· 1 question with 5 sentences
· 1 question with 4 sentences
· 1 question with 3 sentences
· 1 question with 2 sentences
· 1 question with 1 sentences
3. They get to pick which question which question to answer with each number of sentences
4. Have fun!
1. Can you tell us a little bit about BOOK SCAVENGER?
For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it’s the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.
Racing against time, Emily and James rush from clue to clue, desperate to figure out the secret at the heart of Griswold’s new game—before those who attacked Griswold come after them too. BOOK SCAVENGER is an adventurous mystery that incorporates ciphers, puzzles, and random bits of literary and historical trivia. [5 sentences]
2. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
I love when I’m able to pull something or someone from my imagination and make them come to life on paper. [1 sentence]
3. What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?
My favorite thing about writing is also the hardest thing. It takes a lot of revision and analyzing and patience to translate an idea from my brain onto paper. It’s not unlike drawing something–you can do a quick sketch to capture the essence of the idea, but then comes a lot of careful work to finesse the lines, and add color and depth and vibrancy. 
4. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?
One of my favorite series growing up was The Babysitter’s Club, so I’d like to spend a day riding a bike around Stoneybrook. I imagine visiting Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey, and Dawn would feel nostalgic and comforting, like reconnecting with old friends. [2 sentences]
5. What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom?
When I was ten, I wrote a letter to James Howe and asked him for his advice on how to become an author. To my surprise and delight, he wrote back! His advice worked for me, so I’m passing it on to you. He said: Read, write, and have fun! [4 sentences]
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman is the author of the forthcoming middle-grade mystery BOOK SCAVENGER (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt/Macmillan, June 2015). BOOK SCAVENGER launches a contemporary mystery series that involves cipher-cracking, book-hunting, and a search for treasure through the streets of San Francisco. Two additional middle-grade mysteries will follow in 2016 and 2017.
Jennifer was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied writing and dance at the University of California, Irvine, and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. When she was eighteen, she interned for a magazine in Manhattan and has worked in publishing ever since.
You can find her online at http://writerjenn.blogspot.com where she runs an interview series with children’s book authors and illustrators called “Creative Spaces.”