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. The legend was that Zhu Yunwen hid treasure in a place no one could ever find it, but he left a map with clues from the past. Mia must crack the riddles to find this treasure. She believes that if she finds this emperor's riches, she can also find her aunt. WIth adventure, bravery, and life-long schemes, this is one book you won't want to miss.
The Emperor's Riddle was a book full of twists and adventure. It was juvenile fiction, which I loved because it made the book fast and easy to read.
I thought that though the book was very much a mystery, that wasn't the focus. The focus was family. As Jake and Mia aged, they grew further and further apart. These riddles that they had to solve brought them closer together and made them realize just how lucky they were to have each other. I think that is a beautiful message.
The author had great detail and very relatable characters. Mia just wanted people in her family to understand her and love her for who she was. Aunt Lin did, but when she was taken, Mia was lost. She turned to Jake, someone who was wary to help at the beginning but was a key part at the end.
I think this book taught us that no matter what, you stand by your family because they do love you, even if they have a hard time showing it.