The Puzzling World of Winston Breen

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A Junior Library Guild Selection
Top Ten Crime Fiction for Youth - Booklist
Best Mystery of the Year - Fuse #8
Nominated for multiple honors...
- 2009-2010 Florida Sunshine State Young Reader's Award
- 2009-2010 Georgia Children's Book Award
- 2009-2010 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award
- 2009-2010 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
- 2010 Kentucky Bluegrass Award
- 2011 Hawaii Nēnē Award
- 2011-2012 Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Award

Winston Breen loves puzzles, and he finds them everywhere-books, newspapers, even pizzas. So when Winston and his sister find some strange puzzle pieces in an antique box, it's only natural that Winston try to find out where the box came from and what the words on the puzzle pieces might mean. Soon, Winston and his friends are hunting for a long-hidden treasure, accompanied by the town librarian, a giant ex-policeman, a pretty reporter, and a pair of mysterious strangers who arrive out of nowhere looking for the loot.

But it's clear from the start that someone in the group doesn't intend to share the treasure, should it be found.

Chock full of puzzles for the reader to solve, this treasure hunt will thrill readers right to the end.


"Ingenious... Berlin's puzzles are challenging yet satisfying, but they're also backed up by a lot of storytelling flair. Readers both avid and reluctant will surface with their hearts pumping and their brain limbered up for more!" –Booklist (starred review)

"A very entertaining blend of puzzle solving and mystery writing!" –VOYA

"A delightfully clever mystery!" –School Library Journal

"Very clever... Readers will love the quest and the characters in this high-action book!" –Children's Literature