By Martin King
202 pages – ages 10+
Published by Razorsharp on July 25, 2011
Twelve-year-old Jack did not want to move. He liked where he lived and now he has to move away from all his friends and everything he knows. Jack quickly makes good friends at his new home. Jack’s grandfather (which is the reason that the Hunter Family moved – to take care of him) tells him about a treasure he had found when he was a boy and his granddad had a coin to prove it. The rest of the treasure was still out there, somewhere. Jack’s granddad made Jack promise not to tell anyone about the treasure, but Jack accidentally told his new friends and they all set off to find the ancient treasure. The kids have to crack codes and solve puzzles that lead them to the treasure. Unfortunately for them, there were some other not-so-nice people looking for and wanting the treasure too!
The characters in this book, Jack and all his friends (Holly (Shaun Hollingsworth), Jules, BT and Martin) were all great. I thought they made a great team and they were really believable kids. The plot of the book was very exciting and I liked the adventure described in the story. The book was a quick read for me, but I think that the story was told in a good way that didn’t leave me thinking it should have had more. In a couple of places I could tell what was going to happen next, but it still had enough suspense and it was a very fun read. I liked the code that Mr. King hid in the book at the beginning of each chapter. He has a great website where you can go and search for clues also (click HERE).