Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting by Erin Dionne

24 Aug

ollieOllie and the Science of Treasure Hunting : A 14 Day Mystery

By Erin Dionne

269 pages / ages 10+

Published by Dial on July 10, 2014

Ollie still wasn’t adapted to his new-found fame in the last adventure he was in (Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking – Dial 2013). The reporters that watched his front door still bothered his family (well, who wouldn’t be bothered by that?). Ollie understood why they were there – they wanted to learn all about the mystery that he and his best friend Moxie had solved earlier (he and his friend Moxie found 500 million dollars worth of stolen art) – but Ollie thought that they were too insistent. Ollie, being a Boy Scout, was going to go to the Boston Harbor Islands. But, instead of going with Troop 5 – like normal –  Ollie was going to be with Troop 7 as a provo member, to get away from the paparazzi, and to let the FBI agents finish doing their “jobs”. Ollie thought it’d just be another scout camping trip, but Ollie soon found himself in the middle of a treasure hunt for a pirate’s treasure and all is not what it seems.

Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting is the second book in the “A 14-Day Mystery” series (I did not read the first book). This was a fun book. I really like the character of Ollie. He seems like a real kid, which makes him believable. I found it hilarious that Ollie describes himself as looking suspiciously like “the kid in that animated movie about the old guy who floats his house away with a zillion balloons”. I really liked the geocaching and orienteering brought into the story  (they are both really fun activities that you should try if you haven’t). It went along with the treasure hunting plot in the story well. The mystery and plot were a little predictable at times, but it was still an enjoyable story. The publisher has the book for ages 10+ but I think it is appropriate for younger kids too. I think boys and girls will enjoy this fun read.

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookworms!fourbooks

19 Responses to “Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting by Erin Dionne”

  1. KidLitReviews August 24, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    Nice review. Interesting. Does this mean there will be 14 books? That is a little confusing to me.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 24, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

      The mystery in the book takes place over 2 weeks and I think that is what happens in the first book too. So that’s what the 14 Day Mystery refers to (I think). I am finding out how many books there will be in the series. When I know I’ll let you know. 😉

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 25, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

      Ms. Dionne said she hopes there will be three books in the series, but Penguin gets the final say. I’d read another one! 🙂

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  2. Elle Carter Neal August 25, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    Great title – it caught my attention with “The Science of Treasure Hunting”.

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  3. Joanne Fritz August 25, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    Glad to hear there’s a book about geocaching, as that seems to be a fun hobby (no, I’ve never tried it myself). Good luck this school year, Erik!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 25, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Fritz! Geocaching is a lot of fun. You should give it a try. I wonder if there are any caches in bookstores! 😉

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  4. Niamh Clune Plum Tree Books August 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Cool, Erik…turning treasure hunting into something that has science included!

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  5. LovableLobo August 26, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    Who doesn’t like to hunt for treasure? We just discovered Geocaching this summer. It’s a great family activity! Fun sounding book and review, SuperKid!

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  6. writersideup August 31, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    I’ve always found treasure hunts fun—even just the IDEA of treasure hunts! Great review, Erik 😀

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  7. readingwithrhythm August 31, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    We used to do orienteering back when I was a youngster. It was lots of fun. This book sounds pretty cool.

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  8. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:29 am #

    Oolala. Treasure hunting! 🙂

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