Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry

Monday March 7, 2011

Walls Within Walls 
by Maureen Sherry
September 2010
Katherine Tegen Books
Goodreads summary: After their father, a video-game inventor, strikes it rich, the Smithfork kids find they hate their new life. They move from their cozy Brooklyn neighborhood to a swanky apartment on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. They have no friends, a nanny who takes the place of their parents, and a school year looming ahead that promises to be miserable. 

And then, one day, Brid, CJ, and Patrick discover an astonishing secret about their apartment: The original owner, the deceased multimillionaire Mr. Post, long ago turned the apartment itself into a giant puzzle containing a mysterious book and hidden panels—a puzzle that, with some luck, courage, and brainpower, will lead to discovering the Post family fortune. Unraveling the mystery causes them to race through today's New York City—and to uncover some long-hidden secrets of the past.

Maureen Sherry's page-turning debut novel is filled with adventure, intrigue, and heart.
Pontifications... Ahh there is nothing like a fun adventure and mystery, no? If you have kids who like The 39 Clues books or stories like Blue Balliett’s Chasing Vermeer, then you need this book in your library!

After their father’s video game company becomes super successful, the Smithfork children, CJ, Brid and Patrick, are forced to leave Brooklyn and move to Manhattan. Not too happy about the move the kids feel bored and isolated in their new environment. After a little looking around the children find a wall, a painting, and a book hidden within the apartment itself. Soon the children are finding more clues and unraveling a mystery that is sure to lead them to the missing fortune of the apartment’s previous owners, the Post family. 

Poems and famous buildings around New York City are the major clues in this fun, exciting adventure. Readers will have to pay attention to the sometimes complex details but avid readers will eat this one up!  

Best suited for grades 4th and up