Bloomsbury, May 5, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-61963-630-9

Ruth Mudd-O’Flaherty has been a lone wolf at her new middle school ever since her best friend, Charlotte, ditched her for “cooler” friends. Who needs friends when you have fantasy novels? Roaming the stacks of her town’s library is enough for Ruth. Until she finds a note in an old book…and in that note is a riddle, one that Ruth can’t solve alone. With a tantalizing set of clues before her, Ruth must admit she needs help, the kind that usually comes from friends. Lena and Coco, two kids in her class could be an option, but allowing them in will require courage, and Ruth must decide: Is embarking on this quest worth opening herself up again?


Praise for The Friendship Riddle:

“A must-have selection for middle school mystery lovers.” – School Library Journal

“Blakemore addresses the thornier aspects of middle school honestly … Hand this to almost-middle-schoolers who aren’t yet too old for treasure-hunt stories.” – Horn Book Magazine

“Blakemore (The Spycatchers of Maple Hill) has created a cast of distinctive and believable sixth-graders … This sprawling novel’s chief strength is its portrayals of middle school dynamics, seen through the eyes of unconventional Ruth, and of contemporary family life.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“It’s a perfect read for slightly geeky, word and puzzle-loving kids.” – Jen Robinson at Jen Robinson’s Book Page

“The twist at the end of the mystery … brings a satisfying end to the story.” – Booklist Online

“I admire Blakemore’s cleverness in creating the riddles sprinkled throughout the book. I actually solved a couple of them as I was reading, and was very proud of myself! I also liked Blakemore’s fast-paced and interesting writing style, and the fact that the book didn’t end the way that I expected it to.” – Christine M. at KidsRead


For Teachers & Librarians:

Ruth finds riddled clues all around her town. Your students can write their own riddles and then hide them for each other to find. This would be a great way for kids to recommend books to one another, putting a clue for read-alike in one book that leads to another. Ready to get started? It’s easy!

  1. Write some riddles (use this actvity from Read Write Think).
  2. Put them in origami envelopes (instructions from WikiHow).
  3. Hide them in your classroom or library.

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