The Gollywhopper Games - Jody Feldman

The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman
Genre: J Adventure/Realistic Fiction

Image result for the gollywhopper gamesBlurb (on back of book): LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
Gil Goodson's future happiness depends on winning the Golly Toy & Game Company's ultimate competition. If Gil wins, his dad has promised that the family can move away from all the gossip, false friends, and bad press that have plagues them ever since The Incident. Inside the toy company's headquarters, Gil will have to Master trivia, solve puzzles,and complete physical stunts — and he'll have to do it better than all of the other kids competing.
Oh, and did we mention that Gil's every step — and every mistake — will be broadcast on national television? Hold on tight, because the ride of his life is about to begin!


I really loved this book!

Another friend of mine recommended this book to me. I started reading it and I loved it!

I loved solving the puzzles in the book, and reading about how the characters found their solutions. Most of the time, the puzzles were easy to answer, but some were really difficult in a way, since you have to think outside of the box.

This book vaguely reminded me of another book, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library (which will be reviewed shortly), since both involve kids having to solve puzzles and games to win a certain prize. But this book is also different since it has a very unique plot and many interesting characters.

Though the ending is pretty obvious, I liked reading about how the characters solved their puzzles, etc. I really enjoyed reading this book, and plan to read the sequel as soon as possible!

Overall, this was a really good book fit for fifth-, sixth-, and possibly seventh-graders!

Main Character: Gil Goodson
Sidekick(s): Bianca LaBlanc, Lavinia, Thorn
Villain(s): Rocky, Thorn (at a point)
Adventure/Realistic Fiction Elements: All of this could happen in real life (in a way), though it most likely never will. It would be amazing, though!