Synopsis from Edelweiss:
Blackthorn Key meets The Da Vinci Code in this award-winning novel about a puzzle-solving genius who is forced to use his skills to face a danger that has been lurking in the background for years.
Twelve-year-old William Wenton is a puzzle-solving genius. He lives with his family in a quiet Norwegian town. They used to live in England, but eight years ago his family suddenly packed up, moved away, and even changed their last name! Neither of his parents will offer an explanation or tell William why he has to keep his talent for solving codes and puzzles a secret. But then a special exhibit comes to the local museum: the Impossible Puzzle. The experts say it is unsolvable, but William’s sure that he can crack it if he gets a chance.
However, when he does, everything begins to go wrong. Suddenly William is whisked off to a strange school filled with robots and kids whose skills are almost as good as his own. But what’s really going on? And what’s the secret involving William’s grandfather? And is there anyone he can trust?
About: William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle is a middle grade action & adventure book written by Bobbie Peers. It is published today 5/23/17 by Aladdin, imprint of Simon & Schuster, 272 pages. The genres are middle grade, fantasy, science fiction, and action & adventure. This book is the author’s debut middle grade novel. Please see below for more information about the author.
My Experience: I started reading William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle on 5/21/17 and finished it on 5/23/17. This book is an awesome read! It’s filled with lots of actions and adventures. I love smart characters and the plot surrounding code breaking. I love the different robots, especially argubot and the school that only admit geniuses. There is no dull moment reading this book.
In this book, readers will follow the point of view of William Wenton, a twelve years old genius who likes to solve puzzles. His grandfather is the best cryptologist (code breaker) in the world and he’s either in hiding or missing. This book started out with William and his family living in Norway, diverting themselves from attracting attention. They have been living under the radar for 8 years until the impossible puzzle world tour came to their local museum and allowing geniuses to try their luck on solving the puzzle. William couldn’t keep himself away and got his hands on the puzzle during a school field trip. He solved it. As soon as his family decided that they will have to go into hiding again then they were under attacked. William find himself running away to escape whatever/whoever that came after him. He found himself being rescued and brought to a school for the geniuses called Institute for Post-Human Research. From there, William learns the mystery surrounding his grandfather and the bad guys that are coming for him.
I enjoyed reading this book greatly! I like following William’s train of thoughts. I like how smart he is and am fascinated by him for his love of learning from books his grandfather left behind. I like the many robots around the school including the talking door and the ladder. I like that behind each door, there’s a puzzle to solve before reaching a destination. I like the mystery and suspense in this book. I enjoy the humor from the robots. This book starts interesting and ends interesting. I highly recommend everyone the read it!
Pro: actions & adventures, robots, puzzles, code breakers, page turner, fast paced, mystery, adrenaline rush, humor, no dull moment,
I rate it 5 stars!
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About the Author:
Bobbie Peers graduated from the London International Film School in 1999, and has since worked as a director, writer, and illustrator. His first short film, Sniffer, received the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film in Cannes 2006. In 2014, he made his feature film debut The Disappearing Illusionist. William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle is his first middle grade novel. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and Info obtained from Edelweiss).
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Bobbie Peers, publisher Simon & Schuster, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please assured that my opinions are honest.