The Jigsaw Jungle

The Jigsaw Jungle

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Claudia Dalton's father has disappeared. What began as a late night at work has spiraled into a missing persons case--one that's left twelve-year-old Claudia questioning everything she's ever known about her father and their family. But when she finally gets word from her dad, it turns out he isn't missing at all. He's just gone to "think things over" and visit an old friend, whatever that means. Feeling confused and helpless, Claudia starts to assemble a scrapbook, gathering emails, receipts, phone transcripts and more, all in a desperate attempt to figure out what's happening with her dad. Claudia's investigation deepens at her grandfather's house, where she receives an envelope containing a puzzle piece and a cryptic message. It's this curious first clue that sets Claudia on an unexpected treasure hunt that she hopes will bring her dad home and heal whatever's gone wrong with her family. Told through the pages of Claudia's scrapbook.
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780399174520
0399174524
9780698193987
0698193989
Characteristics: 357 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Do you like good books and puzzles? This is the book for you! Claudia's father has disappeared and she starts to feel guilty about not spending more time with him. What happened to her father and why did he disappear? Claudia receives a cryptic note and puzzle piece that begins her treasure hunt ... Read More »


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This is a puzzle/mystery book. A 12 year old girl is trying to find her dad who just disappears one day. A little way through the book the dad contacts his family to let them know he is okay but not coming home yet. The girl is trying to solve the mystery and find her father.

As an adult reading this story I have to say that I'm pretty upset by it. As a parent, you don't just get to up and leave your child/children. I understand that the dad felt trapped and that he wanted to be himself but the way he went about it sends a very bad message in my mind. He ran away from his problems instead of facing them.

I think that kids would have much less of an issue with this book than I did. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysteries. Grades 6 and up.

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The_Zookeeper
Dec 31, 2018

I love the way the author told this story. Even though it's a little longer than most middle grade books, it goes by so quickly because the entire story is told through a scrapbook put together by the main character after her father just up and disappears.

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