The Puzzling World of Winston Breen [NOOK Book]

Overview

Winston Breen says the only thing better than discovering a puzzle is stumping someone else with it. But when his sister uncovers mysterious strips of wood with words and letters on them, even Winston himself is stumped. Soon the whole family (and some friends) are caught up in the mystery and off on a scavenger hunt that just may lead to a ring worth thousands of dollars! ...
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Overview

Winston Breen says the only thing better than discovering a puzzle is stumping someone else with it. But when his sister uncovers mysterious strips of wood with words and letters on them, even Winston himself is stumped. Soon the whole family (and some friends) are caught up in the mystery and off on a scavenger hunt that just may lead to a ring worth thousands of dollars! Chock-full of puzzles to solve, some tied to the mystery and some not, this treasure hunt will keep readers' brains teased right up to the exciting ending!



Perfect for fans of The Westing Game, exciting mysteries, and, of course, puzzles!


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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Readers . . . will surface from this unusual mystery with their hearts pounding and their brains limbered up for more. - Starred review
VOYA
The author creates a very entertaining blend of puzzle solving and mystery writing. Winston, an intelligent adolescent puzzle aficionado and the protagonist in this straightforward story, sets the wheels in motion by purchasing an old box in an antique store as a gift for his sister. A secret compartment reveals the long-lost fourth of a set of clues to the whereabouts of a local founding father's hidden treasure. Two clues are in the hands of somewhat unscrupulous treasure hunters, and the other is held by the town librarian, the last remaining descendant of the deceased. They must cooperate and trust each other as they travel the winding path around town, solving increasingly difficult riddles to find the hidden location of a valuable family heirloom. In a tale reminiscent of Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game (Dutton, 1978), the characters stumble and bumble yet persevere through many unexpected twists and turns to an exciting conclusion. Several puzzles are thrown at the reader throughout the story, some related to the mystery, some not. Most are simple enough to figure out given an open mind and patience. (Answers are provided in the back of the book.) A few seem to be awkwardly inserted but are still entertaining for the avid puzzle devotee. Even the supporting characters are well defined and a narrow ribbon of humor runs throughout the plot and the characters' demeanors. Past readers of Encyclopedia Brown will particularly enjoy this upgrade to the higher elementary, middle school-appropriate reading level. Expect sequels to follow. Reviewer: Kevin Beach
Children's Literature
This very clever book has a solid plot, great characters, mystery, action, and puzzles. Winston Breen is passionate about puzzles. He loves creating them as much as he loves solving them. Winston gives his sister Katie a box for her 10th birthday. Katie thinks Winston is kidding with his gift, and she wonders what kind of a puzzle the box is. Unbeknownst to Winston, the box does have a secret compartment in it. When it is opened by his sister, four slim pieces of wood with lettering on them fall to the floor. Now, this is a real puzzle! Soon, everyone in Winston’s family is trying to solve the mystery of the sticks. Winston’s quest leads him to some very shady and notorious characters, as well as to an old librarian. Readers will love the quest and the characters in this high-action book. An online site is available for readers who want to complete Winston’s puzzles, but do not want to write in their books. Answers are supplied at the end of the book. This is a wonderful addition to any middle school library or upper elementary classroom collection. Reviewer: Sue Reichard
School Library Journal

Gr 4-7 A delightfully clever mystery. Winston Breen loves puzzles and finds them everywhere, including in the antique box he gives his younger sister, Katie, on her birthday. The siblings discover that it has a false bottom containing wooden strips with words and single letters on them. When two somewhat sinister strangers with their own wooden strips arrive looking for Winston, the boy realizes that the only way to crack the mystery is to pool their clues. A group that includes the town librarian, a giant ex-policeman, a young reporter, the two strangers, Winston, and Katie faces dangerous threats, mistrust, decades-old clues, and in-fighting as they set out on what turns out to be a treasure hunt. There is plenty of suspense to engage readers, who are sure to enjoy tackling the brainteasers and word games along the way. (A note sends readers to a Web site to download printable versions of the puzzles. Answers are included at the end of the book.) Recommend this to fans of Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game (Puffin, 1992) and Blue Balliett's Chasing Vermeer (2004) and The Wright 3 (2006, both Scholastic).-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101460825
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 150,112
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Eric Berlin
Eric Berlin creates puzzles for all ages, from kids to adults (his crosswords appear often in The New York Times). He is a member of the National Puzzlers' League and enjoys creating puzzle events for schools and other groups. He lives in Milford, Connecticut, with his wife and two children.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    great book

    great book! I liked this book because I love solving puzzles and there were some included in this book. Even if you don't do the puzzles it is still a good mystery book. So I think anyone can read it an love it the second book in the series is "The Potato Chip Puzzles"

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    EXCELLENT BOOK

    This book is a excellent book it has action adventure logic puzzles and everything from COVER to COVER if you are reading this take my word for it this is one good book and it all revolves around treasure and the past its a really great read and I hope you enjoy it. Someday if the author Eric Berlin won a award for it and they say any objections I would run rtight up to the stand and grab a megaphone and say THIS BOOK WAS GREAT WHY WOULD THERE NEED TO BE ANY OBJECTIONS to the whole crowd. I highly suggest this book to anyone.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    Awesome book!!!

    I loved this book!!! The puzzles and mystery grab you right from the start. I couldn't put this book down. I highly recommend it to mystery, puzzle, and code lovers.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Series

    I read the second book in the series, so i think il like this one. Compliments to the author! Awsome.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Puzzles

    This book is a really good book espicially for puzzle lovers. I am in 4th grade and I love this book. This book is great for everyone. I think you will really like it. So STAR READING IT RIGHT NOW!!!!! It is to good of a book to be waisted. Ithink at least.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    I LOVE PUZZLES!

    This is very fun book to read. With puzzles at every turn, youre sure to love it as much as i did!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Good

    I read it in class and it had g--s and s-------g so it was a little inappropiate with one swear word. (G--s : Guns S------g : Shooting)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2011

    No no

    This book isnt good im telling you. It has too many puzzles. Puzzle this and puzzle that. And the summery kind of ruins the book to me.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    1 of 2

    Both books are worth reading!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2011

    I love this book!!!!

    This book was true to its name, very cleverly put together to create a very puzzling book that leaves readers on their toes the entire time. All challenge lovers should read this book!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great book for an advanced 10 year old

    I happened to be at B&N shopping with my daughter. We are always looking for new books that will be at her advanced reading level, but not too scary or sad. (She would love to read Harry Potter, but can't because she would have nightmares.) This book was on display as an "employee's pick". It mentioned puzzles and seemed entertaining enough. (My daughter had recently finished The Calder Game and we were looking for something along those lines.) She LOVED it. She said that some of the puzzles were a little too challenging, but she really enjoyed the book. Apparently, there is another one coming out in April or May, so we'll definitely be getting it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Absolutely love it

    Puzzling. I LOVE IT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    This book is major cliffhanger!!!!!!

    I love this book because it`s just plain AWESOME!!!!! I really like this guy`s writing!


    SPOILER ALERT!!!!!
    THERE IS TWO MORE BOOKS AFTER THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    AMAZING!!! (So Far)

    I'm on page 63 of "The Puzzling World of Winston Breen", and it's already one of my Top Ten Favorite Books right now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    It is a really good book

    It is a really good book you get to sovle puzzles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Supercalifragilisticexpialidoshos

    Love it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Openthiscomment

    Yo dawg

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

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    Great book!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Good

    I love this book

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    Best book ever

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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