By Kate Kae Myers

The Competition

Seventeen-year-old Avery VanDemere's ridiculously prosperous grandmother has made up our minds to depart the relations fortune to the relative who proves him or herself worthiest--by fixing puzzles and riddles on a whirlwind race world wide.

The Contenders

For Avery, the competition deals an opportunity to flee. because the black sheep of the VanDemere clan--the illegitimate daughter, despatched away to boarding school--she'd like to use that prize cash to run clear of the kinfolk who ostracized her . . . and detect the reality approximately her long-lost mother.

Marshall may be Avery's uncle by way of blood, yet there is no love misplaced among them. he will do whatever to win, no matter if it skill turning on his personal children.

Riley is the captivating son of Grandmother VanDemere's attorney. because the online game progresses, Avery unearths herself attracted to him--even notwithstanding she isn't really really definite she will belief him.

The Winner?

Treacherous turns within the festival function brutal reminders that just one individual can win all of it. Is Avery keen to chance either her middle and her lifestyles to assert the grand prize?

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Fortitude three. Resourcefulness four. cohesion five. dedication 6. braveness 7. Integrity Grandmother’s voice sounded a bit theatrical. “I have a favourite quote from Abraham Lincoln: ‘Character is sort of a tree and acceptance like a shadow. The shadow is what we predict of it; the tree is the genuine factor. ’ a lot just like with the early heirs of Otis VanDemere, your bushes are really susceptible. you could have been given powerful roots, yet you’ve been overwatered with an excessive amount of cash and a feeling of entitlement. ” Uncle Marshall leaned ahead, fists at the desk. It seemed like he desired to collapse up the paper. “In an attempt that will help you conquer those weaknesses, I’m supplying you with a chance to teach who can construct an improved personality. although, I do have matters. the result of the 1st problem, in accordance with the trait of mind, have been dreadful. i used to be surprised at how poorly each one of you probably did. Jordan, no less than, had a few excuse as he’s the youngest. however the remainder of you? each query was once in response to a old tale I advised at relations gatherings once or more. Let’s desire you are able to do greater at the subsequent problem. Now, flip your papers over. ” We did. there has been a black-and-white photograph of a guy with blond hair parted within the center and combed in a wave on both sides. He had a mustache and faded eyebrows. underneath used to be written: Otis Lawrence VanDemere–1889 “Oh yeah, him,” I whispered to Riley. He began to say whatever yet Grandmother’s voice went on. “This is the place your monetary background begun. Otis VanDemere helped create every little thing you've got this present day. He additionally possessed a number of the personality features on my checklist, even though i might say his maximum power was once fortitude. He labored for 8 lengthy years within the diamond mines of South the United States. probably relatively studying approximately him, and what he went via, may also help you achieve a few of his selection and perseverance—traits it is important to be triumphant in lifestyles. “Number in your record, fortitude, is the subsequent problem. It starts instantly. seize what you introduced and head out to the cars ready to force you to the airport. ” there has been a few stressed dialogue. Warren whispered to his spouse, and Daisy attempted to get her father’s awareness, yet he was once busy speaking to Chase. Riley leaned over to me and stated, “Here we cross. ” Grandmother’s voice sliced around the noise. “Just so that you comprehend, you’re touring to Venezuela. ” • 14 • an grand journey The flight within the VanDemere inner most jet lasted approximately 8 hours, and through the 1st part, Riley and that i did loads of analyzing. On our strategy to the Santa Rosa Airport, he despatched a textual content to the learn workforce his father organize. earlier than we took off, they e-mailed a number of attachments that I opened with my capsule. a few the articles have been approximately Otis VanDemere, however the relaxation coated diamond mining in South the US. We sat within the again, clear of my family, and browse every thing. I grew to become to Riley. “Want to guess we’re going to mine for diamonds? ” close to the top of the journey we flew over dense jungles. more often than not I stared out the window as Riley regarded over my shoulder and made reviews.

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