The Gubbins Club: The Legend of Charlie’s Gold (Volume 1) by Melinda Taliancich Falgoust

5 Aug

gubbinsThe Gubbins Club: The Legend of Charlie’s Gold (Volume 1)

by Melinda Taliancich Falgoust

374 pages ages 9+

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on April 18, 2013

Smout McManus is a quiet kid who likes to read books. He isn’t really popular at school. In fact, he was recently stuffed into Rory Bruce’s locker by the school bully, Maddagh Donaldson. Smout was a bit confused when he received a mysterious package from his archeologist Uncle at his school. Smout didn’t know what to think when he opened the package. What he found was an old key. After an unfortunate food fight incident in the lunch-room, Smout find himself in detention with Rory, Maddagh (or Mad Dog), Bogey (who has a gross habit) and Emma, the victim of the food fight. While in detention the other kids find out about the key and SmoutΒ finds out that his Uncle has gone missing.Β When Smout shows the other kids the key out, they also find part of a treasure map! The group decides to band together and go on a big treasure hunt for the treasure that Smout’s uncle had laid out clues for them to follow. Unfortunately for them, they find out pirates really do exist and the kids are not the only ones searching for the treasure!

This was an action-packed book! There were pirates, kidnappings, and chases! Smout is a great character and he is very believable to me. I like that he likes to read. I thought it was cool how he was thrown together with kids from school he wouldn’t normally be with and they had to work together. I like Ms.Β  Falgoust’s writing style and that she wrote an exciting adventure that is appropriate for middle grade readers. I also liked that I learned more about Robert Louis Stevenson from this book.

I give this book 5 out of 5 book worms!fivebooks

To learn more about Ms. Falgoust, please visit her website HERE.

The book’s trailer is pretty cool too!

28 Responses to “The Gubbins Club: The Legend of Charlie’s Gold (Volume 1) by Melinda Taliancich Falgoust”

  1. Angela Brown August 5, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    Ooohhh…you had me at pirates πŸ™‚


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

      Arr! And they be scurvy pirates, that they be! Arr! (whatever “scurvy pirates” are πŸ˜‰ )


  2. Michelle Isenhoff August 5, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    Erik, I love the chance you give to self-pubbed titles. It can be a chore to dig for them, but there are some real gems out there.


  3. julie rowan zoch August 5, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Darn. I appreciate that self-publishing can give to help stories shine, but I hope to be able to read this sometime too.


  4. ontheplumtree August 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    This looks just great! Excellent video! Who wouldn’t want to read it?


  5. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews August 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    I really enjoyed this one as well. And I agree – it is definitely written for a middle grade audience (and I like that!)


  6. Patricia Tilton August 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Starting out your life with the name Smout seals your fate in becoming a target for bullies. But, that certainly is reversed with the map. What an action-packed book with many twists and turns. Loved the video — shouts out to the author.


  7. Catherine Johnson August 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    Sounds like a great swashbuckling ride, Erik.


  8. readingwithrhythm August 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    That’s a really cool trailer! And a cool cover! And sounds like a cool adventure! Thanks for the cool review!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 7, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

      It IS a cool trailer, Rhythm! Hey, you live in Glen Rose, Texas right? Well, in Roland Smith’s new book, “Chupacabra” (to be released in October), the bad guy plans to loose a Chupacabra in… Glen Rose, Texas! Be on the look-out Rhythm! Keep your humans inside! πŸ˜‰


      • readingwithrhythm August 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

        Oh No!! That’s a scary thought! I’ll have to read that book. I’ve heard of Chupacabra, but i don’t know what one is. I don’t think they are anything good. thanks for the warning!!!!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks August 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

        Chupacabra literally means “Goat Sucker” in Spanish/Mexican, but they eat/suck blood from anything else. So, like I said – KEEP THE HUMANS INSIDE!!! You’ll protect them, right? πŸ™‚


      • readingwithrhythm August 7, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

        I’m not bringing those goats in the house! they’re on their own. But I’ll take care of the human folks. You stay safe up there where you are!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks August 8, 2013 at 8:38 am #



  9. Darlene August 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    Another good one. So many good books, so little time!


  10. KidLitReviews August 6, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    INteresting. I like pirates and reading. I do like the trailer! God review, Erik. You may have the hang of it πŸ˜†


  11. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog August 7, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    What an awesome trailer! This sounds like a fantastic adventure! I love that the MC is such a reader. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to check this one out!


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