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It’s Christmastime at the crumbling English estate budding scientist and detective Flavia de Luce calls home, and she is happily ensconced in her lab. But the 11-year-old’s plan to develop a potion to capture Santa Claus in interrupted, first by a nosy film crew shooting at the estate, then by a nasty snowstorm, and finally, by a shocking murder.

Welcome to “I Am Half-Sick of Shadows,” Alan Bradley’s fourth novel in the Flavia de Luce mystery series, and the subject of the puzzles and word games for the fourth week of the Super Summer Reader Literary Scavenger Hunt.

It’s part of our eight-week-long Literary Scavenger Hunt based on Bradley’s mystery series. The daily puzzles and word games began appearing on Sunday, June 25, and each week’s content is based on a different novel in the Flavia de Luce series.


The puzzles for each week appear Sunday to Saturday, with the answers appearing the next day. Each week’s puzzles are appearing in a related story on, which is updated daily. Readers are able to download and print them out to keep up with the fun.

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The Literary Scavenger Hunt is the work of Tricia Vanderhoof, who writes our biweekly Mondays with Authors series. Her goal is to create a lot of…