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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  937 ratings  ·  254 reviews
What if playing video games was prepping you to solve an incredible real-world puzzle and locate a priceless treasure?

Twelve-year-old Ted Gerson has spent most of his summer playing video games. So when his great-uncle dies and bequeaths him the all so-called treasure in his overstuffed junk shop of an apartment, Ted explores it like it’s another level to beat. And to his
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Jennifer I just finished an advanced reading copy. It can stand-alone quite well and the story wraps up completely. But the author did leave a door open for a…moreI just finished an advanced reading copy. It can stand-alone quite well and the story wraps up completely. But the author did leave a door open for a sequel.(less)

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Ted barely knows his great-uncle when he visits the dying man in the hospital.

“I have a flashback for a movie I saw where a guy laid out like this had a monster burst out of his chest and jump on someone’s face. I’m not saying I expect that to happen here, but hey, it does go through my mind.”

During the visit Ted’s great-uncle (who is also Ted), asks him about his love for computer games, and escape-the-room games in particular. Turns out the younger Ted not only enjoys these games, but is very
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Age range: 8 to 12 years old

Ted is a twelve years old boy who loves to play escape-the-room games in his computer. And he is really good at them. When his great uncle dies leaving a treasure for him to find, Ted will need all his skills to solve this real life challenge.

This book was such an enjoyable reading! It has lots of action, a trio of adorable friends, mysterious characters, treasure hunting, computer games, and literary quotes. It also approaches the topic of American soldiers
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
A Gamer's Delight...

This book was such great fun! It's a children's book but anyone that enjoys solving puzzles or playing video games will enjoy it. It's about a 12-year old boy named Ted who loves to play escape room games. When his Uncle dies, he leaves him everything in his apartment but unbeknownst to Ted he has also set the apartment up like a real-life escape room game. Ted and his friends, Caleb and Isabel, have to solve the puzzles to find the real treasure. What they think is just a
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it

One of the delights of reading juvenile and young adult literature is that it allows me an intimate connection with my twelve (soon to be fourteen) grandchildren, even though we live miles apart. It brings about some great book discussions through texts, emails, letters, and phone calls. Plus it inspires them to read for leisure and enjoyment, rather than just reading assigned selections to meet school requirements.

Click Here to Start is sure to be a winner with my grandson David. It's
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Click to Start Here was a very addictive, fast paced, adventure for gamers and non-gamers alike. It might interest those who like playing games a bit more but I think anyone would love to read this one.

Ted doesn't know his Great Uncle but on his deaths bed he wants to talk to Ted. He ask him if he was still in to games and when he says yes, he makes him promise to look beyond the box and go for broke. Ted has no clue what he is talking about but then after his Great Uncle dies and leaves him
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrow
I hope for a second book. But I don’t think this is a series.
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Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016, arc
Ted Gerson, a 12-year-old half Jewish and half Japanese-American boy, goes to see his ailing great-uncle at the hospital. What he doesn't know that he is about to embark on the greatest adventure of his life, a real-life escape-the-room game.

When his great-uncle passes away, he leaves Ted all of the contents of his apartment and "the treasure it contains". With the help of his best friend, Caleb Grant, and book smart Isabel Archer, Ted sets out to solve the clues and find the treasure. Add in a
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So, what's it about?

12-year-old Ted must use his knowledge of puzzle games, with the help of his friends, to find the treasures within his great uncle's apartment after his death.Unraveling the mystery behind his uncle's life, the treasure they find and the possibility that there are people out there looking for the same treasure, too!

Why did I pick it up?

My oldest son loves video games - and this book was pitched for reluctant readers. Since
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Click her to start is about a boy named ted and 2 friends. Ted's great uncle has just died. His uncle last words where the box is only the beginning. Keep looking for the answers. Always go for broke. Promise me. Go along with ted and his friends to see how they figure out what that means.
rachel ☾
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
This was everything I wanted the 39 Clues series to be. The perfect middle-grade adventure.
I have always been a huge fan of children's adventure/mystery novels. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, The Westing Game, and Book Scavenger all come to mind as some of my favorite children's books. Now, I can add a new title to that list – Click Here to Start.

Click Here to Start tells the story of Ted, a young boy who is a whiz at solving those 'escape room' puzzles. Ted recently visited his uncle in the hospital. During the visit, his uncle gave him some odd instructions, but Ted thought
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ted, a half-Japanese, half-Jewish, All-American 12 year old boy, is first and foremost a gamer. He loves to play "escape the room" style games and is smart enough that he's pretty good at it. But he's a bit baffled when his barely known Great Uncle invites him to his hospital bedside. Until his Great Uncle asks him about his games.... The visit sparks a whirlwind treasure-hunting adventure with his best friend Caleb and new girl Isabelle. There are puzzles and good bits of history about WWII and ...more
Every kid who loves Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library is going to eat. This. Up. Basically, it's an escape room in book form. It's got puzzles and action and adventure and some fun historical multi-cultural details.

I had a few problems with it that bugged me, though. The biggest one was how the main boy characters treated the one girl character. They basically spent the entire book annoyed and aggravated that she was smart. Now, I realize that the character does GROW throughout the book and
Sarah Sammis
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, pc, cybils, read-in-2016
Go a head and review all my reviews. I do not agree with your TOS given your affiliation / ownership by Amazon.
Alice, as in Wonderland
Jul 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
I honestly never thought I'd give a book a single star but here I am. I give this book a single star because I hated every. single. character in this book, and any appearance of potential that glimmers in this book is quickly expunged. Oftentimes I feel like I'm forced to give two stars because I can see something that could have been made out of it, but in this case I have absolutely nothing. I physically clawed at this book because it infuriated me that much. There were times I actually wanted ...more
Amanda Espinoza
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I randomly picked this up in the library to read with my son. It’s actually pretty good. It does seem Middle Grade as the stakes of the game get higher. I liked the parent and child interactions. The parents were involved! The friendships were fun and the game was interesting. Definitely worth reading if you like games with clues.
This is a fun audiobook puzzle mystery book I happened upon. I still have questions (what was with all those online Ted's Life escape room games? and how could anyone eat cheesy puffs and not get cheese powder residue on them? How!?), but it was a fun story with some humor, mystery, and action.
Jane Cera
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a well written, clever story. I loved how the plot was based off of escape rooms and gaming. In addition, the novel emphasizes smart kids being cool. A well written YA mystery that was high interest, and engaging.
Debbie Ladd
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great audio book! Ted and his friends solve a family mystery, get into a bit of trouble and learn about U.S. history during summer vacation.
Laurel Hamilton
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was good! Kind of like an escape room vibe.
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
this book is about a kid who loves games about escape rooms and his life just gets mixed up and he gets confused when the escape rooms he plays he ends up happening in real life.
C Harpin
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This book was a fun read, but I love escape rooms & logic puzzles. Maybe that's why I'm being so picky with the plot holes in this book, like who the heck set it all up (especially the digital version)???? Is there a sequel that wraps it all up?
Ms Threlkeld
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was hooked after the 1st chapter! Nail-biting mystery with video game and historical elements that really ratchets up the suspense towards the end. This will appeal to lots of different types of readers. Hoping for a sequel.
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Click Here to Start (A Novel)
By Dennis Markell
ISBN 978-1-101-93187-5
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Scott


Wild adventures abound for Ted, Caleb and Isabel as they are literally taken from the realm of video games and laptops and tossed into a reality game that has far greater consequences – if they fail. there are no extra lives or ‘reboots’. Click Here to Start (A Novel) , Dennis Markell’s inaugural book, is a tween novel which delightfully plays at
Ms. Yingling
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Ted's mother's Uncle Ted is in the hospital, and it doesn't look good, so Ted visits him one last time. He's a quirky guy who ran a liquor store and had fought during WWII with a Japanese division. He can no longer speak, but he gives Ted some instructions that seem odd until the will is read. Ted has been given the contents of his great uncles apartment, and he must unravel a mystery to find a "treasure". To help him along, there is an online "Game of Ted" that shows him
Jill Muller
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**I received an eARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Random House. This has had no bearing on this review.

Ted loves puzzles, especially escape the room video game puzzles. When his great-uncle, who he was never really close to, passes and leaves Ted all of the items and “treasures” in his overstuffed apartment, Ted has no idea why. That is, until he realizes that his uncle’s apartment
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
I enjoy a book that has fun and action, and shares a serious thought or two about life like Click Here to Start does. The plot keeps moving as Ted navigates a real-life exit game (escape the room or HOGs - Hidden Object Games) his uncle designed for him shortly before the uncle's death. Along the way Ted learns about the Japanese American unit that his uncle fought with in World War II and the American Japanese Internment camps, and about the value of friendship and how to be a better friend. ...more
Joseph Lemieux
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book even though it was mystery.
Lisa Brennan
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Finally! A Middle Grade novel that parallels the pacing and plot twists we’ve come to expect from Young Adult releases. Markell transcends tween expectations by delivering rich content, smart dialogue, and savvy characters in this fast-paced original mystery.

Ted, a whiz at “Escape the Room” computer games, is on a quest to solve the puzzle of a lifetime. Propelled by a dying uncle’s last words, and bequeathed the contents of an overly cluttered apartment, Ted translates his gaming acumen into
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