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Nessie Quest

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Two friends head off on an adventure to find the Loch Ness Monster.

Ada Ru finally thought her parents were going to agree to a Fitzhugh family vacation in Disney World the summer before sixth grade, until her father announces he's taking a teaching position in Scotland, and moving the family there for the entire summer.

Ada Ru is anything but happy. She doesn't like their
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, here's a mix of a review. I say that, because what I loved most about this book was not having to do with our main character, but that of Hammy Bean. He's what this story was really made for, and it only made things better by including Scotland. Oh, and can't forget the Nessie Quest that brings Ada Ru, her family, and the Tibby family together.

There were some really great moments in here, and then there were those that we all could have done without. Mainly, Ada Ru's personality and a
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Ada Ru is NOT happy when her parents tell her she isn't able to stay at home with her best friend in Denver during summer break, and it's not because they are going to Disney World. Instead, the father is teaching a photography class in Scotland, and Ada and her mother are going along so they can visit the father's family, Uncle Clive, Aunt Isla, and annoying cousin Briony. The university housing is in a creepy old building with an even creepier caretaker, Euna Begbie. Since
This one is a 3.5 for me. I appreciate how this author is not shy about delving into unusual topics that may fascinate middle graders--in this case, the Loch Ness Monster. Just as she did in her earlier book, Lemons, she steers carefully around reality and what might be, drawing readers along as they start out the book feeling doubtful about Nessie's existence and then finishing it with a sense of possibility. Maybe there is a Nessie out there. But along the way, readers will be delighted to ...more
Lindsay Crawford
This was a good one. Sweet and ended with a good point about the power of words. Also, this book has a character named Hamish Bean Tibby, Hammy bean for short, and that is 100% enough of a reason to read this book.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’ll start by saying that despite my huge disappointment with this book, I want to stress that it did have one important and exceptionally well-rendered element: The character of Hammy Bean and how he and the other characters navigate the issue of his blindness. I know this is a personal issue for the author relating to her own mother’s blindness and I thought she handled the topic well here.

Unfortunately, that’s where the positives end. The basic plot is fine. Nothing overwhelmingly good but
Shirley (MommyBookwyrm)
I enjoyed this book much more than the first few chapters had me thinking I would. The main character, Ada Ru, was annoying and seemed very entitled. I know, a lot of you are saying that she sounds like a typical twelve year old right? Well, it can be pretty accurate but still annoying.

It did however leave a lot of room for character growth and I’m glad to say that the author certainly did deliver that. The Ada at the end of the book is a much better and kinder person than the one at the start.
This is a tough one to review, because Ru is such a brat at the beginning of the book that I almost coulnd't read it.

Here her parents were going to take her to Scotland for the Summer, and all she wanted to do was go to Disneyland. And then proceeded to bitch about it for at least the first third of the book.

But, on the other hand, we have the character of Hamish, the Ron of Ru's Harriet Potter (as she envisions her version of what is happening while she is in Scotland). He is smart, he is
Sandra Sy
"Nessie Quest" by Melissa Savage was published in 2020. This fiction book is a great read-aloud option for 1st-3rd graders. The overall summary of this book is about a new chapter a family will embark on due to a job offer and has themes that symbolize friendship and adventure. There are rumors of a lake monster nicknamed Nessie that apparently inhabits the new place the family is moving to. Ada Ru meets the captain of the Nessie Quest tour boat and embarks on a voyage to uncover more about the ...more
Confused Hamburger
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic fiction about the Loch Ness Monster.
Amanda Reiff
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have so many students who will love this book. It had a plot line that kept the reader wanting more. The characters had both humorous and heartfelt qualities. I will be purchasing a copy for my classroom.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you have not read a Melissa Savage middle grade novel, you need to run immediately to your favorite bookstore and settle in for a story that will just delight you. Lemons is about BigFoot, The Truth About Martians is about the Roswell Crash, and Nessie's Quest is about the Loch Ness Monster. But, just like in her previous two books, Nessie's Quest isn't just about the search for the Loch Ness monster. Nessie's Quest is about dealing with whatever life hands you. In this case, a blind friend ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewing the ARC: An enjoyable adventure in the shoes of the surprising Ada Ru, a writer looking for her supporting characters while forced to spend the summer by Loch Ness instead of at Disney World. How powerful are words? Fun and “scrummy” characters abound but one strength is the successful, sensitive portrayal of Hammy Bean, a blind boy needing to be seen. Recommended for middle and elementary grade readers who love a mystery, quirky companions, and suspect that maybe at heart they are a ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the friendships, the adventure, and the emotions it evoked. It seemed pretty realistic to me, although I know nothing of Scottish slang and idioms so i can't verify the accuracy of these. I found the dad's nicknames for Ada Ru a bit annoying but not enough to take stars away for it. I would hand this to patrons who like character-driven middle grade novels, who like a bit of potential magic mixed in. #Netgalley
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Scotland is the last place Ada Ru wants to spend her summer, but finds more adventure than she imagined when she meets Hammy Bean, Nessie enthusiast, and Dax, aloof musician, among other unique individuals in town. Together, the trio are determined to come out on top in the great Nessie Race. Once again, Savage finds a way to create a book that's heartwarming, hilarious, and emotional all in one go. Her novels on cryptids are more than just a mystery, and this is truly a treasure.
Lauren Paletta
While the search for the loch ness monster is an alluring one, this story is about much more than that. Hammy Bean and Ada Ru form a gorgeous friendship because of their love of loch ness. A friendship that conquers the difficulties in life and surpasses the normal. Love, friendship and food. What else could you want?
CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
Nessie Quest by author Melissa Savage is a fun and easy book for young readers! Awesome characters with great flow, we definitely recommend this book!

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Erin Varley
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fun story in the cryptozoology line that Melissa writes. In this one you’ll learn a lot about Scotland along the way.
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