Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grade 5n/a4.573788
Young fans of Ernie Cline's Ready Player One will love this classic video game inspired mystery filled with elements of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

What if playing video games was prepping you to solve an incredible real-world puzzle and locate a priceless treasure?

Twelve-year-old Ted Gerson has spent most of his summer playing video games. So when his great-uncle dies and bequeaths him the all so-called treasure in his overstuffed junk shop of an apartment, Ted explores it like it’s another level to beat. And to his shock, he finds that eccentric Great-Uncle Ted actually has set the place up like a real-life escape-the-room game!

Using his specially honed skills, Ted sets off to win the greatest game he’s ever played, with help from his friends Caleb and Isabel. Together they discover that Uncle Ted’s “treasure” might be exactly that—real gold and jewels found by a Japanese American unit that served in World War II. With each puzzle Ted and his friends solve, they get closer to unraveling the mystery—but someone dangerous is hot on their heels, and he’s not about to let them get away with the fortune.

Praise for Click Here to Start:

"As addictive as your favorite video game. I couldn't put it down."-Adam Gidwitz, New York Times bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm

"Humor, believable characters, and adventure...keeps readers in suspense to the end. A winner for mystery enthusiasts."-Kirkus Reviews

"In this clever debut, Markell takes readers on a clue-filled adventure...[and] maintains an energetic, entertaining balance of character-driven narrative and tricky challenges."-Publishers Weekly

"Markell's highly entertaining debut a well-paced read with fully realized and likable characters,...[and] should have strong appeal to gamers, fans of video game-based stories, and reluctant readers."-SLJ

"This book will appeal to a wide audience. Readers who enjoyed Schreiber's Game Over, Pete Watson will enjoy the video game component; fans of Fitzgerald's Under the Egg will enjoy reading more about the Monuments Men; detective story aficionados will revel in the inclusion of The Maltese Falcon story. This is a great book to hand to just about any middle grade reader."-YA Books Central

A School Library Guild selection

An Amazon Best Books of the Month Selection

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on July 19, 2016 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1101931876
ISBN-13: 9781101931875
4 Book Reviews
  • eledoggy
    eledoggyalmost 3 years55 stars
    I mean, I don't like video games but this book, this book is amazing! speechless.
    • eledoggy
      eledoggyalmost 3 years55 stars
      This was the ABSOLUTE BEST book ever! It is amazing! The plot is unbelivable!
      • ck10
        ck10almost 3 years55 stars
        Hi I love video games.
        • sillylily
          sillylilyalmost 3 years55 starsFeatured
          Wow, what a great book this was! When I had first received this book, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it or not, until I gave this a chance. The main character of the story, Ted, gets to search through his uncle's apartment after he dies and gets to pick out what he keeps and what he doesn't. Ted has always loved video games, and has played all the escape the room games, but when he discovers one that looks like his uncle's apartment, he plays it, both in real life and the game. Everyone should give this book a chance, because it is really enticing to read. I'm so glad that I gave it a chance!