7 Riddles to Nowhere
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing, LLC
Because of a tragic event that took place when he was five-years-old, seventh grader Kameron Boyd can't make himself speak to adults when he steps outside his home. Kam's mom hopes his new school will cure his talking issues, but just as he starts to feel comfortable, financial problems threaten the school's existence.
Then a letter arrives with the opportunity to change everything. Kam learns that he and several others have been selected as potential heirs to a fortune. He just has to solve a series of seven riddles to find the treasure before the other students. If he succeeds, he'll become heir to a fortune that could save his school.The riddles send Kam on a scavenger hunt through the churches of Chicago.
But solving them won't be easy. With the school's bully as one of the other potential heirs, Kam and his friends must decipher the hidden meanings in artwork and avoid the mysterious men following them in a quest to not only keep the school open, but keep Kam's hopes for recovering his voice alive.
A.J. Cattapan is a writer, speaker, and middle school English teacher living in the Chicago area. Her young adult novel Angelhood won the top prize (a gold medal) in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and an honorable mention in the 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Her middle grade mystery Seven Riddles to Nowhere releases in August of 2016. She has also written for Chicken Soup for the Soul and contributed numerous short stories and articles in magazines for teens and children. When not busy writing or teaching, Cattapan can be found traveling the world or baking up some cookies or cakes.
I finished this book in two days because I simply could not put it down. SEVEN RIDDLES TO NOWHERE is an engrossing and fun mystery novel filled with adventure and suspense. While it is a middle-grade novel, it contains universal elements that may appeal to a broader audience.
While SEVEN RIDDLES is a lighthearted novel sprinkled with humor and clever dialogue, it is also filled with heart. Its themes are far from shallow or trivial in scope and speak to the mission of young Catholics today. In fact, I could see this novel being read as a precursor to World Youth Day to get young people enthused about the event. It is both timeless and timely.
SEVEN RIDDLES TO NOWHERE is one of the most fun novels that I have read in a long time. I highly recommend it to both Catholics and non-Catholics, young people and those young at heart.