Seventeen-year-old Avery VanDemere's ridiculously wealthy grandmother has decided to leave the family fortune to the relative who proves him or herself worthiest--by solving puzzles and riddles on a whirlwind race around the globe.Read more...
Seventeen-year-old Avery VanDemere's ridiculously wealthy grandmother has decided to leave the family fortune to the relative who proves him or herself worthiest--by solving puzzles and riddles on a whirlwind race around the globe.
For Avery, the contest offers a chance to escape. As the black sheep of the VanDemere clan--the illegitimate daughter, sent away to boarding school--she'd love to use that prize money to run away from the family who ostracized her . . . and discover the truth about her long-lost mother.
Marshall might be Avery's uncle by blood, but there's no love lost between them. He'll do anything to win, even if it means turning on his own children.
Riley is the charming son of Grandmother VanDemere's lawyer. As the game progresses, Avery finds herself drawn to him--even though she isn't quite sure she can trust him.
Treacherous turns in the competition serve as brutal reminders that only one person can win it all. Is Avery willing to risk both her heart and her life to claim the grand prize?
- ISBN-13: 9781619632196
- ISBN-10: 1619632195
- Publisher: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
- Publish Date: February 2015
- Page Count: 400
- Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-02-23
- Reviewer: Staff
In an adventure/drama rife with family dysfunction, 17-year-old Avery VanDemere is the child of an affair that scandalized the whole family and left her an outsider. With her mother dead and her father an alcoholic, she was raised by her severe grandmother, the family matriarch, who is obsessed with the VanDemeres' ancestry. After falling ill, Grandmother decides to hold a "Last Standing Heir" contest to determine who will inherit the family business and fortune. Avery, an underdog, learns that her mother is actually alive, living in Croatia, and that she has been writing Avery letters every year on her birthday. Avery strikes a deal with the family lawyer (whose son develops into a love interest), winning the right to see one letter per successful challenge; soon, she is traversing the world, digging for diamonds and seeking out VanDemere family history. Myers (The Vanishing Game) serves up hyperbolic action, melodramatic twists, and romance as the petty and fumbling VanDemeres try to best one another for money. While Avery‘s happy ending is a bit pat, this globe-trotting race offers no shortage of thrills. Ages 12–up. (Feb.)