This is the kind of novel all kids should read. I am far too old for this type of book now but, as a child or tween, this would have been great. It feels like a legitimate game (it’s basically a far more complicated version of Clue with character development) and its humour is rooted in character and well-known stereotypes (in the sense of debunking them). It’s a crime this book wasn’t turned into a kid’s adventure film in the 80s, ala Goonies.
I can’t say I loved the ending (really the denouement) but that’s just about the only criticism I have of a book that is shockingly readable for adults despite being written explicitly for “young adults.”
Well worth your time, especially if you want to read it first, to decide if it is right for the child/tween in your life.