The Emperor's Riddle by Kat Zhang

The Emperor's Riddle

Mia Chen is on what her mother calls a Grand Adventure. She’s not sure what to make of this family trip to China, and didn’t want to leave her friends for the summer, but she’s excited about the prospect of exploring with her Aunt Lin, the only adult who truly understands her.Then Aunt Lin disappears, right after her old nemesis, a man named Ying, comes to visit. Mia knows...

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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:256 pages

The Emperor's Riddle Reviews

  • Wendy
    May 09, 2017

    - Such a fun adventure/mystery storyline, with riddles

    - Mia was a really lovable heroine

    - Extended family! Siblings working together!

    - Loved the setting in China because even though I haven't been to that particular province, I could picture things really clearly

    - Very quick and enjoyable read

  • Shenwei
    May 04, 2017

    This was a quick but super fun read. I love books with riddles and puzzles. The quest to solve the emperor's riddle takes you on a mini tour of Fuzhou and delves into a bit of early Ming Dynasty history. It left me yearning to visit China when I was done. Full review to come on my blog. :)

  • Andréa
    Oct 26, 2016
  • Ms. Yingling
    Mar 25, 2017

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Above the Treeline

    Mia Chen isn't too excited about spending a month of her summer vacation in her mother's hometown in China, especially since it means that her family (including brother Jake and Aunt Lin) have to stay in the family apartment with her uncle. Mia's a little spacey sometimes, but when Aunt Lin is gone one morning, she is sure that something bad has happened. Her aunt's friend, Ying, had visited the night before, and Mia has a bad feeling about him. This

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Above the Treeline

    Mia Chen isn't too excited about spending a month of her summer vacation in her mother's hometown in China, especially since it means that her family (including brother Jake and Aunt Lin) have to stay in the family apartment with her uncle. Mia's a little spacey sometimes, but when Aunt Lin is gone one morning, she is sure that something bad has happened. Her aunt's friend, Ying, had visited the night before, and Mia has a bad feeling about him. This intensifies when she and Jake go to visit his apartment, and he is gone as well. Her aunt left a prized family heirloom, a painting, and Mia finds another map on the back of it. Her aunt has long been obsessed with finding the treasure of a Ming Dynasty emperor, and Mia feels that if she can figure out the mystery, she will also find her aunt. She investigates the first clue, and finds symbols carved into an ancient pagoda. This leads her onward, and through luck and perseverance, she manages to figure out the riddle and the location of the treasure. There are problems along the way, and difficulties with her family relationships, but Mia is able to overcome these and have a great adventure in China.

    Strengths: This is the only book I've ever read that sort of made me want to travel to China! There are so many great descriptions of life in the town and of the landmarks that I am willing to forgive just about anything. Mia being able to ride buses around and see them on her own or with her brother is great. The mystery is solid, if unlikely, and I can see this being a popular choice with my readers who want a mystery about something other than missing dogs!

    Weaknesses: I didn't really care about Jake and Mia's relationship, so her obsessing about him growing up and losing interest in hanging out with her got old. The Emperor's Riddle took a HUGE suspension of disbelief, but tween readers will find this easier to do.

    What I really think: Definitely purchasing and will avidly recommend. I'd love to see more middle grade adventures from this author.

  • Sarah
    May 06, 2017

    As an adventure/mystery, I thought this worked well. I liked the mystery of the Emperor's riddles and long-lost treasure. I also enjoyed the characters for the most part. However, I didn't understand some of Mia's behaviors - I wished her thoughts and feelings about interacting with other people had been explained a little more clearly. Overall, this is an action-packed read focusing on a history and place that kids around here might not know much about.

    Thanks to the publisher for a digital adva

    As an adventure/mystery, I thought this worked well. I liked the mystery of the Emperor's riddles and long-lost treasure. I also enjoyed the characters for the most part. However, I didn't understand some of Mia's behaviors - I wished her thoughts and feelings about interacting with other people had been explained a little more clearly. Overall, this is an action-packed read focusing on a history and place that kids around here might not know much about.

    Thanks to the publisher for a digital advance reader's copy, provided via Edelweiss.

  • Cambear
    May 09, 2017

    As a kid, I loved adventure stories with a puzzle and/or riddles.

    has all that and a big mystery, lots of family dynamics, a creepy bad guy and a gorgeous location.It's a fun adventure which kids will love and totally absorb.

    Mia is inquisitive, slightly shy and very resourceful. She's also an Asian-American visiting relatives in China. The book touches on the unique position of being bi-cultural and assimilation which is so rare in Middle Grade books. There are some great de

    As a kid, I loved adventure stories with a puzzle and/or riddles.

    has all that and a big mystery, lots of family dynamics, a creepy bad guy and a gorgeous location.It's a fun adventure which kids will love and totally absorb.

    Mia is inquisitive, slightly shy and very resourceful. She's also an Asian-American visiting relatives in China. The book touches on the unique position of being bi-cultural and assimilation which is so rare in Middle Grade books. There are some great descriptions of the city, the countryside and, of course, the food.

    Thanks to Aladdin for providing a copy of the book for review.

  • Angelica
    May 14, 2017

    This book was absolutely perfect. I loved how Kat Zhang gave us a sense of the world and the characters from the very first page, the very first sentence even. I loved the historical riddles that needed to be understood, the mystery that needed to be solved and the bonding that happened between brother and sister. This book was a super quick read for me but it was absolutely wonderful and I think that it is an awesome middle grade book!

  • Suzanne Maley
    Jun 15, 2017

    I'd give this 3 1/2 stars. The ending was very exciting. Mia's character seemed to change towards the end and made her stronger. The end also leaves the door open for more books about Mia and Aunt Lin.

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