The Emperor’s Riddle – Kat Zhang

   The Emperor’s Riddle – Kat Zhang, Aladdin, (9781481478625), 2017

Format: Advanced Reader’s Copy

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Mystery

What did you like about the book?  Eleven year old Mai is not happy about spending a month of her summer vacation visiting relatives in China. She and her older brother Jake, have travelled with their mother and her Aunt Lin to stay in the old family home.  Aunt Lin is happy to share stories of growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution. Lin had been sent to the countryside where she and a young man named Ying. heard stories of a young emperor and a hidden treasure. The morning after a surprise visit by Ying, Aunt Lin has disappeared.  Soon Mai and Jake are on the hunt tom find her and the fabled lost treasure.  The key is found in a set of riddles and a map with blank spaces.  To solve the mystery and rescue their aunt they must learn more about China and it’s history.  Filled with adventure, mystery, Chinese lore and family, this is a great read for middle grades.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a book for readers who love mysteries, especially when set in a different country.  Readers interested in ancient and modern China will find much to enjoy.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?   No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 4/26/17             

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