The Emperor's Riddle
The Emperor's Riddle
The Emperor's Riddle
Kat Zhang
From acclaimed author Kat Zhang comes a “fast-paced mystery adventure” (BCCB) about a girl who embarks on a hunt for a long-lost treasure while on a summer trip to China.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 that years ago, when Aunt Lin and Ying were sent to the Fuzhou countryside to work as laborers, the two searched for an ancient treasure together—one that still hasn’t been found. She’s suspicious that their shared history might be linked to Aunt Lin’s disappearance. When Mia discovers an old map filled with riddles in Aunt Lin’s room, she quickly pieces together her mission: find the treasure, find her aunt. Now, Mia, along with her big brother, Jake, must solve the clues to rescue the person she knows best in the world—and maybe unearth a treasure greater than her wildest dreams.

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Fiction
  • Mystery

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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Even though Mia is going to China, which is on the other side of the world from America, she's not excited. A whole month away from her friends could change everything. The only consolation she has is that her Aunt Lin, the only adult to understand her, is coming along as well. But when Aunt Lin disappears after meeting with an old friend, Mia has to get on the case. Using all of her wits, with help from her older brother Jake, Mia attempts to crack the mystery of Zhu Yunwen, a famous Chinese emperor who fled the throne hundreds of years ago.

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