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Mixing mystery and adventure in the tradition of Louis Sachar, Avi, and E. L. Konigsburg, If You Find This is the story of unlikely friendships, unexpected bravery, and eleven-year-old Nicholas Funes’ quest to prove his grandfather’s treasure is real.

Nicholas is a math and music genius with no friends and a huge problem: his father has lost his job and they’ll have to sell their house, which holds the only memory Nicholas has of his younger brother. Just in time, Nicholas’ senile grandfather arrives, filled with tales of priceless treasure he has hidden somewhere in town—but where?

With the help of misfit classmates, two grandfathers, a ghost house, hidden messages, séances, and an uncanny mind for numbers, Nicholas stages a nursing home breakout, tangles with high schoolers in smugglers’ tunnels, and gets swept up in a duel with the biggest bullies in the neighborhood. Will it be enough to find the treasure and save his house?

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  • “There is more to this story than fortune hunting. The vivid setting, complex characters, and original writing style result in a story with lasting impact…A rich, captivating tale about family and redemption that redefines the meaning of treasure.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Lively, entertaining and satisfying. Kirkus Reviews
  • Smugglers caves, graveyards, ghost houses, seances, and...maps come together to make an intriguing mystery for the group to solve as the characters wrestle with their past selves in hopes of a better future. The story is enhanced with musical and mathematical notations (terms like "forte" and "piano" appear as subscript throughout, modifying actions and dialogue), giving readers a glimpse into Nicholas's impressive brain and adding an unusual layer of interest and beauty to debut author Baker's storytelling. Publishers Weekly
  • “Nicholas is a boy for the ages, an adventure-minded boy with a noble goal. Readers will yearn for him to overcome odds that seem insurmountable. Readers will go on an exciting ride—hang on tight. Highly recommended.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Smugglers’ caves, graveyards, ghost houses, séances, and tattooed maps come together to make an intriguing mystery for the group to solve as the characters wrestle with their past selves in hopes of a better future.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Young listeners will be captivated from the start by narrator Bryan Kennedy’s youthful voice and enthusiastic performance…Kennedy’s appealing level of drama helps offset some of the more challenging themes of this mystery/adventure story. Robert Petkoff delivers the few short sections told from the grandfathers’ perspective, providing a nice balance to the production.”

    AudioFile

  • “Written with tongue-in-cheek humor, the characters engage in some unsafe and unsavory practices as they go about their adventures…In the hands of savvy, mature readers, this intriguing and multilayered novel will provoke interesting discussions.”

    School Library Journal

  • “As they careen from one mad adventure to another, the boys also discover truths about themselves and how to negotiate the morass of emotions and relationships that form the social jungle…Nicholas’ voice is so earnest and endearing that readers will root for his success. Lively, entertaining, and satisfying.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee
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