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3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Trip Montgomery has no idea what is in store for him when he finds the dusty old trunk hidden under the floorboards in his mom’s attic. The trunk reveals a series of mysteries that send him on the greatest adventure of his life. Will his best friend Josh and his new friend Sarah be able to help Trip solve the clues that lead to the greatest treasure ever known to man? Or w ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published March 12th 2012 by Brown Dog Sound, Inc. (first published February 27th 2012)
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Scott Clements
Oct 19, 2012 Scott Clements rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is a great treasure hunt adventure! It's an easy read, and I think boys will really be able to relate to this one.

OK, fine... I love the book because I wrote it... are you happy?
Serena Schreiber
Aug 26, 2012 Serena Schreiber rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle grade
Recommended to Serena by: Scott Clements
Shelves: middle-grade
Gasparilla's Treasure is like the movie National Treasure, set in Florida for middle-graders. Three kids try to solve a puzzle dating back centuries and find a treasure hidden somewhere in St. Augustine, the United States' oldest city. The legendary pirate Gasparilla has left clues to its whereabouts.

We meet the "bad guy," school bully early on, but the main plot develops slowly. So, encourage young readers to keep going to a sensational climax worthy of the big screen.

The likable main characte
Dec 21, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Wow! That's pretty much all I have to say. I couldn't put it down and I am practically speechless. I loved this book! The characters seemed so real and I felt like I was a part of the book. I felt for the characters. Gasparilla's Treasure was so great. It was well written, thoughtful, and made me smile. Just... wow! I can't wait for the sequel.
Anna Schubarth
Apr 30, 2013 Anna Schubarth rated it it was amazing
With a captivating lead-in akin to a Cussler novel, Clements punctuates school days with mystery, intrigue and adventure. Set in historic St. Augustine, Florida, "Gasparilla's Treasure" has wit and charm to please any reader.
Apr 14, 2012 Kristine rated it it was amazing
I want to start off with the simple truth. You have to read this book! I started reading it this morning, and under five hours later I was done. I did not pass go, I did not collect $200, I just sat and read it from start to finish. The BEST part about this book, is that their is a definite sequel, which by the way I can NOT wait to read!

Trip has a true gentleness about him and he is filled with love for his grandfather. His whole quest is not for personal gain, its passion for the well being o
Jun 05, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tweens/Teens/Young Adults/Adults
Recommended to Emily by: First Reads/Giveaway
First Reads

I won a copy of GASPARILLA'S TREASURE in a giveaway.

Fantastic! I read this in one sitting. I enjoyed every single page, and every single character. Well, maybe I didn't like Eli and the goons so much, but who likes bullies?

I loved how fun this treasure hunt was, and how clean the content was. Clements has done an amazing job with his debut novel, and it's packed full of action and a little teen romance.

I believe my favorite character is Josh. Although, he's quite the lazy, video game
May 17, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
Thursday, May 17, 2012Gasparilla's Treasure by Scott Clements
This story grabs your attention fast and holds it. It's a treasure hunt trying to find the pirate Gasparilla's treasure.
Trip always visits his grandfather in the rest home. Someday he is recongized
and others not. He even talks and plays game with some of the others in the carecenter. Trip is 13.
One day Trip's grandfather told him to find the trunk in the attic. his family
needed the money.
Trip tells his mother and she gets ups
Jemima Pett
Mar 30, 2012 Jemima Pett rated it it was amazing
Trip is a decent, reasonably hardworking young man, loves his great grandfather 'Pappy' who is ill in a care home, and has just discovered a whole new world of emotions when he set eyes on a new girl in school. Trouble is, the school bully has seen her too. Fuelled by a few coherent words Pappy said, he searches the loft for a trunk, inside which there are papers and clues to be studied and unravelled. Trip and his friend Josh are joined by a new friend, bright, attractive, and new to the school ...more
Jul 19, 2012 S.W. rated it really liked it
Gasparilla's Treasure is a worthy adventure read for middle-graders. I'll try to offer some useful comments without letting out any spoilers.
The three central characters are your typical kids. The main character, Trip, provides the link to the background story that leads to the adventure. Josh is his goofy friend, and Sarah is a newbie to their school.

As the story develops, so too does the friendship between the three characters. There is a common enemy, Eli the bully, and the three need to work
Anthony Jr.
Nov 30, 2012 Anthony Jr. rated it really liked it
I picked this ebook up for free during Scott's Amazon promotion. About halfway through I felt like I was watching National Treasure, except being played out with tweens. The historical references, the treasure hunting, the clues... if you enjoyed that movie, you likely won't be disappointed by this book.

I found the writing style to be on the understated side, which I prefer. Mr. Clements is not repetitious, nor does he rely on cramming in more words trying to set a scene or describe an action. T
May 20, 2012 Rosalita9899 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-fun-read
I am 40 years old and I loved reading this book. I enjoyed following the kids on their adventure. I thought it was well written, the pacing was good it moved along and I was never wondering when do we move on. (That happens to me in some books.) The characters were likable and a nice group effort was made, everyone had something to contribute.

I learned a lot about St. Augustine, Florida and now hope to visit someday.

I used to read the Trixie Belden Mysteries as a child and this reminded me of th
Nov 11, 2013 Aimee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I liked the chapters of this book that didn't have as much of the school bully threatening and trying to beat up Trip and more of the quest Trip and his two friends were on. About part way through I got kinda tired of the school bullies and Trips yelling Mom. However, Eli the school bully did play a part in Trip and his friends being able to find Gasparilla's Treasure in that Eli had followed them with the Gasparilla book he stole from them and Trip was able to get it back so they could co ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Addison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
We did get this for free from the Goodreads first reads program! I say we because I listened to this with my son he's never really heard an audio book before but this is the kind of book that holds his interest. Yes, he's a little young for the demographic of 'middle grade' but he's reading that book group anyway. He really enjoyed it, he wanted to find out what's happening next and the book wasn't too long so it held his interest. The narrator did a fantastic job in his reading and his voices f ...more
Dec 12, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
Gasparilla's Treasure is set in St. Augustine, Florida and follows Francis (please call him Trip) Montgomery on a classic buried treasure adventure. Except Trip is not your usual 13 year old boy - he discovers after visiting his great-grandfather in the nursing home that he comes from a long line of treasure hunters. Together with his video-gaming best friend, Josh, and strikingly pretty new girl, Sarah, he sets of to find the lost treasure of fabled pirate Gasparilla.

This was a quick, fun read
Jun 19, 2012 Wensday rated it really liked it
This was a nice quick read as the story flows well and is entertaining. I almost gave the book a 3 because of the "villain" Eli, is this middle school or the "Sopranos" as Eli was a bit over the top. But I really enjoyed the book and hope there is another adventure.
Jun 21, 2015 Fermentum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a young adult read. Actually maybe a teen read.I was originally interested because of the title.... Gasparilla's Treasure. Ie Jose Gaspar! I lived in Tampa,Florida most of my life and every year we have a Gasparilla festival.

I enjoyed the book very much.
Ashley Knight
Jan 07, 2014 Ashley Knight rated it really liked it
This book was aimed at young/tweenage boys. But it was cute and very easy to read.
Nov 21, 2012 Shel rated it really liked it
Great book for kids :)
Sep 09, 2012 Shirley rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This will be a great read for you and your children. Well Done Scott!!
Dec 28, 2012 Claudia rated it really liked it
It was an easy read and it was an adventure trying to figure out all the pieces to the puzzle.
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I won this book from librarything's member giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

Gasparilla's Treasure by Scott Clements is an adventure for middle school readers that stars Trip, a middle schooler himself, that discovers an ancient chest in his attic and goes on a hunt for lost treasure-- a hunt that has haunted three generations of his family. He has the help of Josh, his pudgy sidekick, and the lovely Sarah, who is the girl of his dreams. Their hunt is interrupted with the school bully,
Nikki Yager
Aug 08, 2015 Nikki Yager rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
I don't believe I was the right audience for this, which confused me since I got it at a horror convention. Skipping the fact that it's middle grade I like the history of everything, though it felt rushed, forced in some spots, and unbelievable in others. It definitely needs to be through another round of edits, at least since 2012 since that's when I got my paperback copy. There were a multitude of typos. It is a very clever story and a fun little treasure hunt, also a nice opening for future b ...more
Terri L Shubert
Feb 18, 2016 Terri L Shubert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A treasure of a story for the young and mature as well

I choose this rating because I think it appeals to all. Nicely written, exciting, keeps your interest and teaches lessons and love and compassion.
Scott Clements
Jul 10, 2012 Scott Clements rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Glenn Hascall did an amazing job with the narration of this book. A joy to listen to :-)

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