The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton Book Review

Melissa is a nobody. Wilf is a slacker. Bondi is a show-off. At least that’s what their middle school teachers think. To everyone’s surprise, they are the three students chosen to compete for a ten thousand-dollar scholarship, solving clues that lead them to various locations around Chicago. At first the three contestants work independently, but it doesn’t take long before each begins to wonder whether the competition is a sham. It’s only by secretly joining forces and using their unique talents that the trio is able to uncover the truth behind the Ambrose Deception–a truth that involves a lot more than just a scholarship.

With a narrative style as varied and intriguing as the mystery itself, this adventure involving clever clues, plenty of perks, and abhorrent adults is pure wish fulfillment.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I think that no matter how old I am I will never grow tired of middle grade stories because they’re so much fun!! It brings me back to a time where I used to devour books like these and would read them over and over again, never getting bored of the fun stories. The Ambrose Deception reminded me so much of The Mysterious Benedict Society which is honestly the coolest middle grade book ever. This book wasn’t quite as fun but it was still pretty great.

I don’t understand adults who think they can review middle grade the same way they review other books. If you’re not the target audience you can’t really say ” this book was too childish”as if it thats a valid criticism. You’re not a child!!!! So of course you’re going to find characters who are 11 or 12 childish. Let children be immature and let them make bad decisions. If you’re going to read middle grade books you have to remember that you’re not the demographic that the author is writing for. Middle grade books are never perfect but that’s because kids don’t expect perfection. They’re not looking for some great literary masterpiece, they just want to be entertained.

For the reasons stated above I’m not going to write a full fledged review because I don’t really feel comfortable reviewing middle grade books as an adult. I’m just going to say that it was such a fun read with lots of great twists and turns. If you’re looking for a good book for a kid between the age of 8 to 12 or you yourself like middle grade then I’d highly recommend The Ambrose Deception. You’re bound to love the characters and the great scavenger hunt like plot.


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