Summary: In the sequal to the book "The Puzzling World of Winston Breen," a contest is held between ten middle schools who solved a puzzle sent out by an owner of a potato chip company named Dmitri Simon. Whoever wins the contest wins $50,000 for their school. Winston plans on having a relaxing and fun time with his friends, however, their overcompetitive teacher/chaperone and a cheater on the loose adds a lot of stress and intensity.
Analysis: One theme in this book is to forgive people for their actions. Brendan Root was part of the team that cheated, but Winston still forgave him and felt bad for him. They ended up being friends and at the very end of the book, Brendan was at Winston's house playing video games. Winston knew that Brendan felt sorry for what he did and that is why he forgave him. The author conveyed this message through a relatable way. Many people cheat or do something of that sort and want forgiveness.
Evaluation: This book was very fun to read. It was very well set up with more than a few twists and turns; which is why I liked this book. Similar to the first book, the writing was not overly impressive, however it got the ideas across and was definitely enough for the reader to understand the book. There was one very creative part to this book and series which I really enjoy and that is the puzzles, whether they are part of the big competition in the book or one that WInston makes up. One puzzle I really enjoyed "watching" them figure out was the puzzle at the ferris wheel. I felt a sense of urgency for them to catch up with the leading teams. One last thing I found interesting is how they reacted with other teams, some teams they liked, some teams they suspected did some cheating, and one team got mad at them because of what their teacher made them do. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will read the third book if it comes out.
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