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Happy Book Birthday to THE AMBROSE DECEPTION!

Congratulations to Emily Ecton, whose fabulous middle grade contemporary adventure THE AMBROSE DECEPTION releases today!!

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.

Two of the middle grades novels I imprinted on hardest as a kid were THE WESTING GAME and FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL D. FRANKWEILER. When I read this manuscript, I got the exact same vibe, and I can’t wait for other readers to feel the same sense of adventure in the big city, and discover a puzzle that they can solve, just by being smart and paying attention to the world around them.

Grab a copy today wherever books are sold!!

And send Emily a note on Twitter, where she’s @emilystuff.