Monday, November 10, 2014

Manhunt by Kate Messner




Manhunt by Kate Messner (hardcover, Scholastic, July 1, 2014, for ages 8 to 12)

Source: ARC from the publisher

Synopsis (from the publisher): Henry, Anna, and José head from Boston to Paris for their most dangerous mission yet: to solve the mystery of an international art heist! Shortly after they arrive, they learn that a member of the Silver Jaguar Society is working as a double agent, passing information to the criminal gang the Serpentine Princes — but who could it be? When the senior members of the Society go missing, it’s up to Henry, Anna, José, and their smug new comrade, Hem, to mount a rescue while staying hot on the trail of a missing masterpiece. Running around — and below — a foreign city filled with doppelgangers, decoys, and deceit, the three sleuths discover they’re the only hope for the Society’s survival!

Why I recommend it:  This well-researched and intriguing mystery is a fun and fast-paced read. While Messner's Capture the Flag focused on Anna, and Hide and Seek (which I haven't read yet) focused on José, Manhunt is Henry's story. And Henry is worried about his father and his new baby half-sister back home. Messner does an excellent job of filling in just enough detail from the first two books to bring you up to speed.

Reading this made me long to visit the City of Light again and especially to go to Shakespeare and Company, the famous bookstore. If you've never been to Paris, fear not! Reading this book is almost as exciting as being there. 

Have you read any books, set in real cities or towns, that made you want to visit those places?


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18 comments:

  1. Love the setting for this one. I haven't read any of the previous, so I appreciate the heads-up that it won't matter. Although it may be worth my time to visit all three titles. Thanks for the informative review.

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  2. The setting is almost a character in this, Greg, which is just one of the many things Kate Messner does so well.

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  3. Kate Messner's books are always great and this sounds like no exception. Thanks for the review.

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    1. She's certainly consistent in creating likable characters and smart, exciting, yet believable plots.

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  4. I want to go to the city of lights! I want to go on a manhunt! lol This sounds like just the ticket, thanks for the heads up!

    --Suzanne
    www.suzannewarr.com

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    1. Wouldn't that be great, Suzanne, if we could all go Paris and be part of the adventure?

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  5. This sounds like a fun book and series. I like that each of the books spotlights a different character. When I read about faraway places I usually want to visit them. The City of Lights is high on my list! Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I liked that too, Jess. Now I need to read Hide and Seek.

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  6. This looks like a fun book - I haven't run across it yet. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. You're welcome, Sue. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. I haven't read any of these but this title catches my attention! Kate Messner's books are always well-researched and interesting.

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    1. That's true, Andrea. She certainly does her research.

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  8. This sounds really intriguing! I love books about art heists. My kids and I are reading and enjoying MASTERPIECE (Elise Broach) right now. And what's not to love about a book set in Paris?

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    1. I enjoyed MASTERPIECE too! I love books about art heists. And anything set in Paris has to be wonderful.

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  9. Sounds like a great book, especially with the Paris setting.

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    1. It certainly made me want to go back there, Natalie.

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  10. My younger son just finished Capture the Flag and loved it. I plan on getting him the next two for Christmas. Hopefully I will get to them to read sometime soon, too! :)

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    1. Oh, that's so cool that your son liked Capture the Flag. He will definitely enjoy the others too.

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