A local potato chip company is offering a huge cash prize to one school. To win, Winston Breen and his team need to solve all of the puzzles before another team solves them first. Winston loves puzzles, but it soon becomes clear that there's a cheater at work. Can Winston solve the problems and stop the cheater in time to win the contest?
I loved this book. The plot is interspersed with plenty of puzzles for the reader to solve, and the story was so fast-paced that I didn't want to stop reading to take time to solve each puzzle. While it's not as complex as The Westing Game, it has some of those same appealing elements, and it's accessible to more readers. Winston's team chaperone is not his favorite teacher, and some of his questionable ethical choices offer great discussion possibilities for readers.
Every puzzle was hard when you didn't know the answer. Every puzzle was easy when you knew what to do.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
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