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 Smout finds out that his Uncle has gone missing. 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. 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.
To learn more about Ms. Falgoust, please visit her website HERE.
The book’s trailer is pretty cool too!