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The Potato Chip Puzzles

(The Puzzling World of Winston Breen #2)

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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,198 ratings  ·  121 reviews
When a local potato chip tycoon invites area kids to an all-day puzzle hunt, Winston Breen is psyched. But it turns out the day is not all fun and games. Their teacher is being overly competitive, the puzzles are hard (even for Winston), and someone in the contest is playing dirty in order to win the fifty-thousand-dollar grand prize! Trying to stop the mystery cheater bef
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Hardcover, 244 pages
Published April 16th 2009 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Betsy
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
I don't think I could claim that I was ever actually bad at puzzles. To be bad at puzzles you need to do enough of them to know how you stack up. And in the long run, I'd say I've never really encountered that many puzzles. As a child I certainly didn't, and who could blame me? How many works of fiction were out there with the puzzle-loving child in mind? Aside from the odd Encyclopedia Brown novel (which doesn't really count since that's more crime solving than anything else) you were out of lu ...more
Angie
I am not a puzzle person, so I was only able to figure out about half of the puzzles in the book. I am sure I could have done better if I had really tried, but I was really more interested in the story. And the story did suck me. I liked the quest the students had to go on to solve all the puzzles. I think there is something to be said for a book that showcases smart, clever kids doing what they do best. Sure they made mistakes and weren't always right the first time, but they persevered and the ...more
Alexandra
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sadly, not having much time to read these days, The Puzzling World of Winston Breen took me exactly a month to finish. One of the reasons it took me so long, besides being so busy, is that it was very slow in some parts. I do praise the author because most of the entire book takes place over one day. That must be why it was slow. (I mean, if you are going to fit a day's worth of activities into 288 pages, some parts are going to lag a bit.) Overall, I liked the book and recommend it to anyone an ...more
Jake Ruud
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought that this book was a good modern mystery book with a little humor. It used less of the moments that created tension and anxiety (in a good way) and was just a light book. Adding on to that, Berlin had many clever puzzle that you would just have to try and it would make the experience a whole lot better. Overall, it was a pretty good book
Alice
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Kristen
Aug 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Winston Breen is back and solving more puzzles. This time, he and his friends are in puzzle competition, and the prize is $50,000 for their school. Good for mystery-lovers and puzzle-fans.
Hilary
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Make sure you have a pencil in hand when you read this book (or, if you borrow it from the library, scratch paper and a pencil!).
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Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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Simone
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-popsugar, fiction, ya
As a puzzle lover I found this book super entertaining

The reason I give this one 5 stars is that the author added a nice little extra challenge to the book by including the puzzles the characters had to solve. I loved it! I put the other books on my to-read list.
Brenda
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The second book in this series did not disappoint! The puzzles are cute, but I'm glad the answers are given in the back! :)
Isaac Walters
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mallorie
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun read! Kept me and my daughter guessing who was trying to take down Winston Breen.
Anna
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-kids
Fun mystery full of puzzles. Perfect for 9 year old lee.
Reader Girl
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the puzzles in this book. The contest reminded me of Lemoncello's Library.
Beth
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great puzzles to solve

Fun book with lots of fun word and number puzzles to solve and progress in the story. Figure them out yourself or look at the solutions provided in the back of the book.
Timothy M
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I recently read The Potato Chip Puzzles by Eric Berlin. In the book, puzzle enthusiast Winston Breen has the chance to win $50,000 in a puzzle contest for his school. But, other schools are participating in the contest, too. And one of them is cheating! Winston and his friends Mal and Jake must win the contest and stop the cheater! I really like this book for many reasons. First, Eric Berlin is a great author. He has a cool kind of perspective because he has to come up with all of the puzzles in ...more
Lauren
Feb 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Personal Opinion: I really liked the book "The Potato Chip Puzzles." It was a well- written book with lots of action and suspense. The main character, Winston, really reminds me of myself. We both enjoy puzzles, except he is much better at them than me! I recommend this book to people who like puzzles beacuse there were puzzles during the book frequently, so you could be solving the puzzles with Winston, Jake, Mal, and Mr. Garvey.



Book Review: Winston is called into the principal's office unexp
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J.D.Staton
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a challenging series of books to stay engaged in, as there are multiple "sidetracks" built right into the plot, in the form of puzzles. This set of puzzles felt more reasonable for the target audience (middle-schoolers) than were the puzzles in the first book. However, frequently interspersed puzzles automatically slowed down the plot's pacing, causing the story to drag, as a result.

Of course, there were some periods of action thrown into the storyline but so much of the book was filled
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Brandy
Winston Breen and his two best friends are back for another round of puzzle-solving adventure. This time, Winston's school has been selected to compete in a puzzle competition sponsored by the quirky snack-food maven Dmitri Simon (think Willy Wonka of the salty foods empire). The mystery this time: solving the six puzzles, and finding out who the cheater is who's been sabotaging the other teams.

In the first Winston Breen book, the puzzles were dropped in more or less at random in Winston's treas
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Raina
Apr 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: j, mystery
Winston Breen is an excellent puzzle solver. In the previous (and first) book in this series, Winston used his puzzle-solving skills to unlock a mystery. In this volume, Winston and his friends are part of a team of students representing their school in a puzzle-solving competition! The winning school will win $50,000. This series does an excellent job of integrating actual reader-solvable puzzles into the story. Included are all kinds of word problems, such as crosswords, word squares, word sea ...more
Caitlin
This was a quick, enjoyable, puzzle-filled read. Potato chip king and multi-millionaire Dmitri Simon invites kids from local schools to compete in a puzzle competition to win some serious prize money for their school...and Winston Breen is one of the lucky few who gets to play! But it turns out Winston and his team will have more than just tricky puzzles to deal with, including a cheater who is out to sabotage the other teams! Will Winston and his team solve the final puzzle before the cheater s ...more
Rebecca
This book was as much fun as the first Winston Breen book--a fun mystery with no murders, and lots of puzzles to solve. Some of the puzzles I got right away (including the key one, which I solved quickly at about 1:45 AM since I hadn't been able to put the book down and go to sleep), some just didn't fit my brain, but that's how it goes--kids who read it can choose the puzzles they like best and ignore the rest. I also appreciated the importance of cheating in the book; of trying to figure out w ...more
Eugene S.
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The potatoe chip puzzles
By Eric Berlin
Realistic fiction
227 pages

The potatoe chip puzzles is about a boy named Winston Breen who likes puzzles. He gets invited to a puzzle contest with his team. The winner would get lots of money. At the contest he meets a boy named Brandon, who seemed competitive and a girl named Bethany.Later on during the contest, Winston figures out that there is a cheater in the contest. When Winston's team came to the last puzzle they couldn't summit their answer. So th
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Megan
Jun 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've read books about kids who enjoy sports, music, fashion, cooking, and acting, but this is the first book I've read about kids who do puzzles for fun. I was a kid who did puzzles for fun, so this was really an enjoyable read. The writing wasn't brilliant, but the puzzles sprinkled throughout the story were lots of fun and just the right level of difficulty. I was able to figure out about 75% of them before checking the answers at the back. There are puzzles for every type of puzzle-fan (word ...more
EOL Juv Staff
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Sudoku, crosswords, puzzles, oh my! Winston Breen is a boy who loves puzzles and solving them even more. In this sequel to "The Puzzling World of Winston Breen," a secret contest hosted by the eccentric Potato Chip Company owner invites several schools to compete for $50,000. The principal asks Winston for his help getting into the competition and soon he and his friends are traveling all over town trying to be the first to solve the puzzles. Not only do they have to solve all the puzzles, but d ...more
M T
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I liked solving the puzzles in this book.
I don't really like that Eric Berlin tried to lace a little bit of romance into a mystery-centered book, but I guess the author gets to decide.
I really expected this to be a happy ending book. When Mr. Garvey (and I guess Jake too...) threw the computer and it broke, I half thought that they were screwed, but I kind of anticipated that Winston and his team would find a way out of this problem.
One thing I liked about this book was the story wasn't
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Susan Morris
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gr. 3-5
2011-12 Missouri Mark Twain Award nominee. If you like puzzles, scrambled words, and other brain teasers, check out this book! Thrust into a contest to win his school $50,000, Winston Breen, along with his two best friends, can't wait to begin. Dmitri Simon, multimillionaire and snack company owner, has set up the contest in places all over town, from the planetarium to the amusement park. Winston had expected plenty of tough competitors, but he had not expected flat tires, moved signs, and an a ...more
Erin
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
This was such a fun book! My 8yo son and I read it together and while we both liked the first book in the series, we also both agreed that we enjoyed this one even more. I was pleased that this book focused more on Winston and his friends. I loved his loyalty to Jake and Mal, and their mutual respect for one another even though they have some different interests. I also found that this book had greater themes about the importance of honesty and helping others. The mystery was more fun and exciti ...more
Catherine
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Potato Chip Puzzles by Eric Berlin is a fast-paced, slightly humorous novel packed with riddles and mind-benders for readers of a wide range of ages. This is the second story of Winston, a puzzle-loving 12-year-old, and how he and his two best friends (and one overly competitive teacher) end up on a crazy hunt for puzzles. Dmitri Simon, the chubby, jolly president of a potato chip company invites schools across the state to take part in the strangest scavenger hunt you've ever heard of to co ...more
Brett
Winston Breen is back to solve another series of elaborate puzzles & riddles with the help of his friends Jake & Mal, this time at the invitation of the owner of a local snack food company known for his outrageous stunts - teams from multiple schools will participate, & the winning team's school will receive a $50,000 donation. Of course Winston & his buddies are very excited & want to win, but not nearly as much as their teacher/adviser...& not nearly as much as the unkn ...more
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