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.
About the Author
Emily Ecton is the author of seven middle grade books published under the names Emily Ecton and Emily Fairlie. She is also a former writer andproducer for Wait, Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!, the Peabody Award-winning comedy news quiz on NPR. Her books have been nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Massachusetts Children's Book Award, the Pennsylvania Young Rader's Choice Award and the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award. After years of living in Chicago, she now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her dog, Binky. For more information, visit her online at emilyecton.com.
"Emily Ecton writes stories that feel like good friends--this is a timelessly fun, funny adventure."—Adam Rex, author of The True Meaning of Smekday
"Readers of the Kingdom Keepers are going to eat this up! Ambrose Deception's tricky quest, a competition between polar opposites, thrusts the reader into a story that satisfies and complicates and then twists at just the right moment. Emily Ecton delivers a readable maze of a novel that middle grade readers will adore and not stop talking about! These characters are quite the accomplishment. I want to be their friend."—Ridley Pearson, best-selling author of the Kingdom Keepers series
"Three kids race across Chicago in a competition for a $10,000 scholarship. Who will solve their clues first? The story made me grin, and the clues--truly solvable clues!--had me searching my memory for what I knew of Chicago for answers. (I recommend trying to solve the clues before the characters do.) Then, be prepared for twists. You'll think, 'Yeah, what is going on with all the secrecy? Is something up?' Indeed, it is!"—Amy Timberlake, author of One Came Home, a Newbery Honor Book