Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting by Erin Dionne

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



Categories: Age 9+

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19 replies

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

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

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

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

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  7. 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. Oolala. Treasure hunting! 🙂

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