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The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck (Tuckernuck #1)

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Two sixth graders solve the eighty-year-old mystery of their school, Tuckernuck Hall, in a clue-filled scavenger hunt that leads them to unexpected treasure. A classic mystery filled with humor and heart.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Jayce Senter
Mar 29, 2014 Jayce Senter rated it it was ok
This book reminded me strongly of Andrew Clements Keepers of the School series. Unfortunately Clements books are much better. The main characters in this book bicker & fight so much & aren't all that likable. The clues were a stretch & most of the time even the sleuths in the story weren't sure they actually solved the clue before moving on to the next one. All in all, I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. My recommendation is to skip this book & read Keepers of the ...more
Bethe
Feb 04, 2014 Bethe rated it liked it
2014-15 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee.
Always good advice from the jacket flap: make friends with the ancient school librarian, or any age librarian! Wonder if kids will recognize the nod to CHiPs officers Ponch & Jon in the class gerbils names, teachers of a certain age will. The little notes were a bit annoying to me but they do break up and move story along, which will be interesting for kids. I changed my mind towards the end when I found them a really effective way to wrap up the story
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Jessica
I was assigned to review The Magician's Bird: A Tuckernuck Mystery, the sequel to The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck, so I thought that I had better read the first book, because otherwise how can you really write a review?

The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck was... ok. I would recommend it to fans of mystery books, but it's very light on suspense and danger. There really isn't any danger, other than a historic school closing, and what kid is really going to be torn up about that? It's the story of sixth
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carrietracy
Mar 15, 2015 carrietracy rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Laurie is completely miserable to be starting at a private middle school. She would give anything to be at Hamilton with her BFF, Kimmy. But her family has always gone to Tuckernuck, with its dopey chicken mascot.

Bud’s presentation to the school board was so convincing it got all sweets banned from Tuckernuck. Consequently it also made him a social pariah. Bud can live without friends, but since his mother passed away, he can’t live with becoming a disappointment to his father. This means consta
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K
Sep 28, 2012 K rated it really liked it
The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck is a very creative and original story. Laurie Madison has just begun middle school at Tuckernuck Hall and is desperate to get out. The halls of Tuckernuck are packed with odd art, old librarians, and Tuckernuck Clucker spirit. Laurie's best friend, Kimmy, attends another middle school, and Laurie is determined to join her there. Unfortunately, before anything can begin, she is assigned gerbil duty with Bud Wallace, the most unappreciated sixth-grader (after Bud's ...more
M.
Apr 03, 2014 M. rated it really liked it
Sometimes life just doesn't go your way. Arlie does not, does not, want to go to Tuckernuck Hall for middle school. After all, her best friend is attending the local public school. But Arlie doesn't have a choice. Her parents, both Tuckernuck alumni, insist that she become a clucker (called because the school mascot is a chicken). Things only get worse when she's paired with Bud Wallace and assigned hamster duty. Bud has his own issues, one of which was his science fair project a couple of years ...more
Charlotte Hood odom
Jun 24, 2014 Charlotte Hood odom rated it it was amazing
Students in upper second grade, third, fourth, and fifth would enjoy this book. I highly recommend it, especially if you like mysteries.

Here is my review:
The founder of Tuckernuck Middle School was Maria Tutweiler who left a puzzle for the students to solve. The prize is "a treasure beyond bounds." This was 80 years ago and no one has been able to solve the puzzle much less find the first clue. (Everyone thought she was crazy and they still think that.)

Laurie is forced to attend Tuckernuck beca
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JeanBookNerd
Sep 25, 2013 JeanBookNerd rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Emily Fairlie’s clever and imaginative, The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck, tells the story of sixth grader Laurie Madison. She is one of the students at Tuckernuck and desperately wants to join her best friend Kimmy at another middle school. However, it will have to wait as she is assigned for gerbil duty with the annoying Bud Wallace. Trying to keep a close eye on the rodents, one mischievous gerbil escapes and Laurie and Bud must track it down where she staggers upon the first clue of the famous ...more
Wrighty
Jul 23, 2012 Wrighty rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, for-review
This is an enjoyable middle grade read that includes humor and mystery. With a chicken for the school mascot (the Tuckernuck Cluckers!) you know there are going to be some funny moments. Laurie and Bud are new 6th graders at this unusual school and not off to a very good start. In fact, Laurie is planning to transfer to another school as soon as possible but coming from a family of Clucker alumni makes that tough. When she and Bud as forced into an unlikely partnership they discover the first ...more
Ms. Yingling
Nov 05, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Even though her family has gone to Tuckernuck Junior High for generations, Laurie would rather go to Hamilton with her friend Kimmy. She's even more irritated when, for a class job, she gets chosen gerbil co-monitor with the annoying Bud. Still, there is the hope that the school will actually be torn down and all the students relocated to other schools. In a stroke of luck, Laurie comes across a clue to the lost treasure that the founding principal, Maria Tutweiler, hid in the building, and she ...more
Ms. Yockey
Jun 28, 2012 Ms. Yockey marked it as to-read
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Excerpt:

Tips for Solving the Treasure Challenge Created by Your Crazy School Founder over Eighty Years Ago

By Laurie Madison and Bud Wallace, Grade 6:

1. Be suspicious of student journalists. And maybe janitors, too.
2. Make friends with your ancient school librarian. If her blue hair freaks you out, get over it.
3. Be prepared to sing like an angel, or at the very least, like a pirate.
4. Never underestimate the usefulness of furry rodents (especially flesh-eating ones).
5. Av
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Cinnapatty
Jan 11, 2013 Cinnapatty rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I loved it! Perfect, light hearted reading. The main characters are 6th graders and since I currently have a 6th grader, I can tell you that the author really has their dialogue and attitudes down pat! Made me chuckle even more.

The school of Tuckernuck (their mascot is a chicken so they are the Cluckers!) is going to be razed. The school board wants to sell the property as it's worth a lot of money. Just not with the school on it. For 80 years Tuckernuck has boasted a treasure
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Jennifer
Dec 16, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
Light, fun mystery for 3rd - 5th grade.

Laurie and Bud are stuck at Tuckernuck School, which is about to be closed due to a lack of funding.

When they stumble upon the answer to the first clue in a treasure hunt set-up by the school's founder ages ago, they attempt to figure out the answers to all of the clues and find the treasure.

Of course, hijinks ensue.

The book is silly fun (Bud and Laurie and gerbil monitors, and the gerbils are named Ponch and Jon, which made me smile.), and it ends! You don
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Cornmaven
Oct 04, 2014 Cornmaven rated it liked it
Nice middle grade novel about kids trying to complete a treasure hunt established by a quirky schoolmaster 70 years ago. Typical treasure hunting stuff. I liked the friendship that developed between Laurie and Bud, and the change of heart they have at the end regarding their school. At points, I think Laurie's quick thinking dialogue seemed a little beyond what a 6th grader would come up with, especially the part where she derails the Romantic Poets club.

I found myself skipping over Laurie's lis
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Nancy
Sep 15, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
I certainly liked it. I thought the clues were great fun and I loved how the final clue brought the kids back to the original foyer and the chicken portrait. I thought the use of lists, student note passing and administrative emailing would be fun for kids to read. For me, an obvious comparison is The Westing Game - one of my favorites. I don't feel like the character development is as good in The Lost Treasure. Every player in TWG develops over time and is 'improved' as a result of playing the ...more
Paula.watson
Jan 11, 2015 Paula.watson rated it it was amazing
Precious tale of two unlikely treasure hunters! Laurie (a student wishing she could transfer from the first day of school) and Bud (a social outcast for having sweets banned from school in favor or more healthful food choices) are joined together as the class gerbil monitors. When one of the gerbils escapes, they chase it through the school and end up knocking the beloved portrait of Hilda the Chicken, the school's mascot. While trying to hoist it back up on the wall without being caught, the ...more
Teresa Garrett
Laurie is attending the private school: Tuckernuck and is not happy about it. To make matters worse she is assigned to be class gerbil monitor with Bud the school outcast. She wants to attend the public school her best friend attends but her parents will have none of it. She believes if she solves the mystery of a treasure hidden by the school's founder she might be able to finally transfer. Her gerbil partner, Bud, begins helping and little by little they discover clues that no one has been ...more
Laudys
Jul 29, 2016 Laudys rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, giveaways
Disclaimer: I won this book in a giveaway.
This book was actually funny and endearing. I laughed out loud in a few places because of things I didn't see coming. The illustrations were really nice to look at and the notes and memos gave a nice touch.

By the way, Tuckernuck Hall seems like an awesome school to go to. If you don't care about looking "cool" that is. I mean, yes, the school mascot is a chicken and the students are called cluckers, but 'common, chicken paraphernalia? It has a bell towe
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Amanda
Jun 05, 2013 Amanda rated it did not like it
I really wanted to give this 1 1/2 stars; I liked the plot, but I didn't like ANY of the characters! I mean it, NONE of the characters was remotely believable, likeable, or even relate-able in any fashion (except for the ex-best friend, but as she only appears for about 3 seconds in the book, I don't think she really counts and even she was just shallow). All the people are stereotypes, or on the flip side they don't behave in a realistic fashion. They act very bizarrely--act being the strong ...more
Hope
Feb 01, 2013 Hope rated it really liked it
Shelves: child-inside
I won a copy through the Goodreads' Firstreads program!

Quite often I have picked up a 'children' or 'young adult' book, just to be sorely disappointed with what options youth have to read. This book is far from that disappointment.

The idea is simple: There is a treasure somewhere in school. Since the founder's days, students have been on the hunt. Now, two sixth-graders have found the first clue.

Lost Treasure follows Bud and Laurie through misadventures, awkward moments, and hilarity. Notes a
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Ann Haefele
Aug 27, 2013 Ann Haefele rated it really liked it
Sixth graders Bud and Laurie attempt to solve the 80 year old challenge at their school which involves following clues that will lead them to a treasure. Their school is scheduled for demolition so it is urgent they solve this mystery (scavenger hunt) before the clues disappear all together. The author combines 6th grade angst along with humor, wit and suspense. The story is told through narrative, memos , journal writings, letters, and other memorabilia, and in the acknowledgments, the author ...more
Kim McGee
Nov 27, 2013 Kim McGee rated it liked it
Poor Laurie has to go the local middle school her parents went to with their chicken mascot and strange challenge of finding the lost treasure supposedly hidden at the school. To make matters worse, her best friend is at another school, she is stuck on gerbil duty with a loser boy and she isn't making any new friends. Then her luck changes with the first clue and Laurie and Bud will begin a journey that will take them on new adventures as well as strike an unlikely friendship and hopefully save ...more
Laura
Apr 23, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
Fun, good paced middle school fiction. I borrowed it from the library for my son while we were out of town and read it myself. Wholesome story, no excessive tween drama or romance. A girl and boy at school are forced together to care for insane gerbils and end up secretly working together to find a treasure at their school, which is threatened to close. Nothing scarey and it is fun to watch them unravel the clues.

I think it is targeted at 8-12 year olds, but those younger and some older might e
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Lisa
Feb 16, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I bought this book for my children and, as normal, I read through it first to make sure it was appropriate for the age and reading level of the child in question.

I really enjoyed this book. It featured a quirky cast of characters, a school in need of help, and a main character that was likable despite her flaws. I liked the mystery and the fact that the children had to go outside their comfort zones to solve the mystery...and that they learned things about themselves in the process.

I wholehearte
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Genevieve
Jan 20, 2016 Genevieve rated it it was amazing
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Amy
Mar 05, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: mykidbooks
This story is about kids being smart. There are no superpowers or magical creatures, just smart kids. Laurie & Bud both have their own reasons to look for the Tuckernuck Treasure. For 80 years this treasure has been hidden somewhere in their school. It is the strangest scavenger hunt anyone has ever been on. Their time is running out since the school board wants to tear down Tuckernuck Hall and sell the land. Can they do it?
Sara Truog
Dec 31, 2014 Sara Truog rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
On the list for this year's Massachusetts Children's Book Award. I liked this book about two middle-schoolers who determine to solve a years-unsolved treasure hunt at their legendary school Tuckernuck, which is on the verge of closure. Lots of funny stuff about tricking teachers and chicken jokes... but I could have lived without quite so much of the annoying tween girl politics. I'd suggest this for both boys and girls in grades 4-6.
Sharon Lawler
Mar 03, 2014 Sharon Lawler rated it really liked it
As the story begins, Laurie has one goal in life--to transfer out of Tuckernuck Academy and avoid the fate of being a Tuckernuck Clucker! No easy task when the school is a family tradition. The mystery of Tutweiler Treasure, with clues that had been hidden on the campus by the school's founder, keeps Laurie, and her cohort Bud, intrigued. Clues entwined in art, literary references, and suspicious characters require the pair to research and problem solve.
Gail Shipley
Apr 24, 2014 Gail Shipley rated it it was amazing
This is a mystery, adventure and treasure hunt all rolled up in one book. I love that the clues are hidden in objects having to do with famous people. The fact that the mascot is a chicken is hilarious! I liked trying to figure out the clues before the children in the story it. This book captivated my attention on every day. The name of the school is hard to say. I kept wanting to say Tuckernut instead of Tuckernuck. Kids will love it.
Leslie
Aug 15, 2014 Leslie rated it liked it
Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee for 2014-2015.
Cute story of 11 year-old Laurie who is going to Tuckernuck with a chicken as a mascot. She desperately wants to join her best friend at Hamilton Junior High, but her parents won't let her. And to make matters worse, she gets put on gerbil duty at school with the kid who got sweets banned at school. There is an old tale of a treasure at Tuckernuck and Laurie tries to solve it finding mysterious clues taking her all through the school.
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