7 riddles 1 fortune Way too many competitors.All seventh grader Kameron Boyd wants to do is keep his little Catholic school from closing It s the only school where they ve made life as a selective mute somewhat bearable As the school faces financial distress, Kam learns he is one of many potential heirs to a fortune large enough to keep his school open.With the school 7 riddles 1 fortune Way too many competitors.All seventh grader Kameron Boyd wants to do is keep his little Catholic school from closing It s the only school where they ve made life as a selective mute somewhat bearable As the school faces financial distress, Kam learns he is one of many potential heirs to a fortune large enough to keep his school open.With the school s bully as one of the other potential heirs, Kam and his friends race to solve the riddles first Their journey takes them through the churches of Chicago to decipher the hidden meanings in artwork all while avoiding the mysterious men following them But creepy men in trench coats won t stop them They re on a quest not only to keep the school open, but to help Kam recover his voice.
Here's a book that should be on the shelf of every Catholic elementary school library. I will be giving this book, a sort of National Treasure for parochial kids, to both my 13-year-old and my 8-year-old to read.A.J. Cattapan keeps the story moving quickly as Kam and company try to be the first to solve the riddles that will give Kam enough cash to save their little Catholic school, which is slated for closure. In the process, they'll have to outwit competitors, including some bullies, navigate [...]
I love that this story shows a group of kids working together for a noble cause, and I always enjoy a good mystery. Plus, never having had the opportunity to visit Chicago, I appreciated learning more about the city and the beautiful Catholic churches within it.I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, and I also chose to endorse it as a fellow author of novels for young people.
I read this to myself and then I read it a second time aloud with my kids. There were literally screams of protest every time I paused at the end of a chapter because they wanted to know what happened next and heated debates in the car over the correct answer to the final riddle. When we finished they even looked up some of the churches included online and found one that has an instagram account with a few images of the sacred artwork described in the book.
I read this thoroughly enjoyable middle-grade adventure story in the space of a couple nights, staying up way later than I should have, unable to put it down! It's like a treasure hunt with a Catholic twist. Kam, the main character, is chosen as one of the potential "heirs" to a hidden treasure (although he has no idea why he was chosen or even how he is related to the other contestants). He makes a personal and heroic decision that if he wins, he will donate the immense fortune to keep his stru [...]
A.J. Cattapan has done it again – created a beautifully written hard-to-put-down story. Seven Riddles to Nowhere is a wonderfully charming book perfect for older elementary students, middle schoolers, or for anyone who enjoys a great story. The main character Kam finds himself on a mission to save his beloved Catholic school from closing. This goal leads him on an adventure through Chicago deciphering riddles at beautiful churches while avoiding the school’s bully along the way. The characte [...]
This was the second book by A.J. Cattapan I have read, and currently there are only two available. And this was an wonderful read. When I was in university I did two different Children's Literature courses and I believe this book would be a great addition to either of them. The pace is incredible. The plot and story are both wonderful. When I started reading this book I thought about The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, and a few paragraphs one of the characters compares the events happening to tha [...]
I was blessed to receive an advance copy of Seven Riddles to Nowhere, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. While it is intended for a middle grade audience, I would recommend it to any precocious reader from age nine, up to ninety-nine. The tour through Chicago's streets and churches made me want to take a trip there myself, and Cattapan expertly interwove elements of architectural details, church history, and moral teachings, all without becoming "preachy" or didactic for even a moment. I loved [...]
This is a book of riddles, or rather, a story with riddles that have to be solved. The local school, St. Judes, is going to close unless they come up with more money. Kam is determined to solve the riddles, which involve going to churches in Chicago, near where he lives, to solve them. The school bully wants to solve them too. Oh, and Kam can't talk because of something that happened to him as a child.It is interesting in hearing about the churches, and what they look at inside. And of course yo [...]
I feel fortunate to have received an advanced copy of this book. Even though this is a middle-grade novel, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Seven Riddles to Nowhere is a blast. The characters are each unique and the writing style is crisp and fun. This story takes the reader on an exciting tour of Chicago streets and churches, while the characters gain insight into mysteries and symbols of our faith as they struggle to solve riddles. The tension and suspense mount right up to the very end.I recommend th [...]
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 I have never been to Chicago, I found myself captivated by the journey of Kam and his friends as they searched the churches in the area for clues. Ms. Cattapan described the cathedrals in such vivid detail that I almo [...]
Wow! Ms. Cattapan takes the reader on an amazing journey through the city of Chicago. From riding the “L” , to the accurate and detailed descriptions of the neighborhoods and churches, you’ll feel like your along for the ride. Seven Riddles to Nowhere is a fast past page turner that pulls you in from the first pages. Kam is a great character whom you’ll want to cheer on. Along with his group of friends, Kam takes on bullies, conquers his fears and ventures outside his comfort zone all i [...]
Perfect for middle-schoolers, this novel centers on a cyber-scavenger hunt reminiscent of "The Westing Game" but with higher stakes--the survival of a beloved school. Kam and his friends are challenged by bullies as they make their way through unfamiliar neighborhoods, seeking clues in churches and racing against time to win an inheritance.The author is a fellow member of the Catholic Writers Guild and provided me with an advance review copy.
Seven Riddles to Nowhere draws you in and brings you on an exciting adventure. Intriguing from the first page to the very last page. It was exciting to follow Kam and his friends on their exciting adventure. Great reading for kids and adults as well. Great book! Another great read by A. J. Cattapan!
AJ Cattapan has done it again! An easy, fun read, which manages to be entertaining and educational at the same time. Very relevant to all the kids who are fearful that their Catholic school will close.
What a great book - part travelogue, part adventure, part mystery. It's a great story for middle school students and for parents. Or if you're interested in Chicago or Catholic churches. It's a fast read with a good moral and fun characters.
This is a really fun book for elementary/middle school kids. The plot is fast paced and has enough twists to keep kids entertained, but not to many to be confusing. The riddles are fun and engages the reader's interest to try to figure them out even though they can't travel to the churches themselves. This book has strong friendships, supportive adults, classic villians, and a hero in disguise. It's the perfect read for a young reader. Thank you, A.J. Cattapan for the review copy of your book!
I wanted to explore the genre of YA novels, so I purchased this fun read written by A.J.Cattapan, Seven Riddles to Nowhere. I sailed through the book in a weekend and am now reading it aloud to my middle-school aged granddaughter. It held my attention and I felt the characters seemed real. I loved the understanding teacher in the story. I'd recommend this to any middle school reader, especially those who enjoy riddles
A little slow to start and for me to get into it, but once the adventure of solving the riddles bagain it picked up the pace. A good tour of Chicago churches and very meaningful story - especially to all of us Catholic School kids. :)
a very fun and quick readant for younger readers but entertaining for adults too!
Seven Riddles to NowhereA.J. CattapanFamily, faith, action-packed treasure hunt, reward, death, heroes, villains… this book has everything! I read the book Seven Riddles to Nowhere, by A.J. Cattapan in less than 24 hours. I had to know what happened…. I needed to know why Kam lost his voice, if he and his friends saved the school, and how all the characters fit together, including a nun, a snooty rich family, and creepy, old Mr. Englebert. You see, early on in the book, it becomes clear thei [...]
This is a fast-paced, kid-friendly, wonderful story about friendship and overcoming challenges. The riddles were especially fun and made even this grownup want to tour the Chicago churches mentioned in the book. Highly recommended for ages 10 and up!
Kam is a 7th grader who is selectively mute around adults. The only adults he talks to are his mother, grandmother (Gram), and one of his teachers if she is at his house. He talks to only a few of his closest friends aloud. Kam lost his father 7 years ago (which is when the muteness began) and has been in 5 different schools since. He's now at St. Jude's outside of Chicago, the school his father also attended, and is devastated to hear it's closing.It's strange that the public school wasn't able [...]
Seven Riddles to Nowhereby A.J. CattapanVinspire PublishingMiddle GradePub Date 31 Aug 2016 I was given a copy of Seven Riddles to Nowhere through the publisher and their partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows: Kameron Boyd has not spoken in class for seven years. It does not stop Mrs. Harriss from asking him to stay after class though. He nods at the appropriate times or responds by writing on the board.Kameron has no problem in talking at home, but at s [...]
I loved The Westing Game when I was younger, and this book is like a Catholic version of that - only I liked 7 Riddles to Nowhere even better! Kam was a delightful main character with little quirks that made him come alive. The supporting characters were also great fun. A.J. Cattapan's writing is easy to read and draws you right into the story. 100% would recommend to Catholic tweens and teens.
A little slow to start and for me to get into it, but once the adventure of solving the riddles began it picked up the pace. A good tour of Chicago churches and very meaningful story - especially to all of us catholic school kids. :)
This book was one of the books sent to me from Beverly from the Books n' BLoggers swap. This is a middle grade book that is similar in feel to The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. It is a quick read and entertaining. See my full review at htpp://bookqueenreviews.wordpress
I loved this book! I couldn't put this down.
Fun read for Chicagoans and teens alike!
I fun read reminiscent of THE WESTING GAME, but with a Catholic spin. Sure to be a favorite with middle-grade students!
I thought the book was well written. The characters were developed nicely. While reading the book, you feel as if you are right there with the characters in the different scenes .