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Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas

(Addison Cooke #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  533 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Smooth-talking, refined twelve-year-old Addison Cooke loves a grand adventure, especially one that involves using his vast knowledge of history and archaeology, learned from his aunt and uncle, both world-famous researchers. If that adventure includes an expertly-knotted Windsor tie and an Arnold Palmer on the rocks, all the better.

Luckily for Addison, adventure has a way
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Philomel Books
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Molly, a sixth grader, had more than a decade of solid experience with Addison’s odd behavior. She was more or less used to it. “I ran to your classroom to find you, but Ms. Johnson said you weren’t in class all afternoon.”

“I got a nurse’s pass.”

“But you’re not sick.”

“Naturally. I got the nurse’s pass from Eddie Chang,” Addison explained. “He was sick last week. I traded him his nurse’s pass for an owl pellet.”

If you ever wondered what a middle school Ferris Bueller x Indiana Jones mash-up would
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reminded me of The Gooonies, in the best possible way. Since Stokes is apparently a screenwriter, it fits to me that his debut book is so well-plotted. Unlike other books, this one doesn't waste any time and gets the reader off to the adventure. It's sharply written and funny to boot. It has memorable characters that remind me of 80s classic films like The Goonies and Stand By Me. And while it is obviously a work of fiction - I don't expect a bunch of 13-year-olds to gallivant around the globe l ...more
Jill Berry
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was looking forward to this book about the Incas but was dismayed by the many geographical inaccuracies. I'm surprised it passed editorial scrutiny by the publisher and that it got positive reviews from several reviewers. They must not have consulted atlases or checked facts about the Incas.

Among the reviewers, only Kirkus identified the mistakes. "First stop: Colombia. How unfortunate that significant research was evidently not done before writing the book. The Inca Empire only barely reache
Allison Tebo
This started promisingly and the writing style was fun but as things progressed the writing style and story kept getting more and more contrived - though there were still some genuinely funny and adventurous moments through out.

But it was hard for me to turn off the 'these are children doing these dangerous things' part of my mind and all their adventures (perils) kept stressing me instead of engaging me. Plus, it got a little silly and even kind of disturbing when the children are physically ta
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read Addison Cooke to my 7-year old son. This was the first non-picture book he listened to cover to cover. It's a page-turner that kept us up late many times! He picked up a lot of new vocabulary from the book too. We would stop and talk about the scenes as we read it. We can't wait for the next adventure with the Cookes!

This book was incredible - I couldn't put it down! I was torn between wanting to read as quickly as possible to find out what happened next and enjoying the adventure and process of reading so much that I wanted to read slowly to savor it for as long as possible. Addison Cooke is the kind of book you want to read over and over again. It's a fast paced adventure, but the writing and humor are exquisite with hilarious and well thought out details that help you discover something new every time you

Geordie Robinson
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic read, ripe with compulsive adventure, humor and history. We follow Addison, a witty bookworm with an unconventional perspective on life, and his merry gang of school friends on a journey through a Columbian-Cathedral death trap, the infested waters of the Amazon jungle and onwards to Mach Picchu in search of ancient Incan treasure.
Not only is the writing hilarious and each character uniquely fleshed-out, the overall message of the power of self-belief and positive thinking r
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was a lot of fun. It just felt like books I used to read that I can't find anymore. It's like The Hardy Boys if The Hardy Boys was actually good. I enjoyed the South American setting and felt like I was watching a movie as I read it. Definite recommend.
Amanda  Kruger
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Addison Cooke, if James Bond and Indiana Jones had a baby surely it would be this charming smooth talking character. His adventures are exciting while factually based, it is the PERFECT book for any middle grade reader. I found myself swept into Addison's fervent search for his kidnapped relatives and the most famous treasure of all time, the lost treasure of the Incas. Addison and his crew are reminiscent of The Goonies and once you turn the last page you find you miss them already.. but don't ...more
Georgiana-Laura Gheorghe
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review for „Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas” by Jonathan W. Stokes:

Addison Cooke is a twelve-year-old boy who wishes for something interesting to happen in his life just like any boy of his age. His aunt and uncle are always busy, and he only goes to school and gets back home. It’s kinda boring, isn’t it?
Everything change when his uncle discovers the first clue to what appears to be an ancient treasure. Addison finds out that the expedition isn’t easy since there are others who are s
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
So Spencer and I have an informal agreement, which is that he plays the kids' video games so they can talk about them with him, and I read the kids' books so they can talk about them with me. This book was much better than the last one I read with my 8yo. The writing was better and it also had the advantage that it stuffs actual facts into the story, so my 8yo and I learned a bit about Incan history and religion along with adventure. The plot holes are less egregious and I didn't mind the idea o ...more
Lupe Dominguez
So I didn’t finish this with my son like I had hoped-he took it upon himself to finish it tonight - and he loved it! He is looking forward to the next adventure with Addison and his sister Molly and their friends. I’m so glad he finally liked a book mom picked out! Ha!
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Leo read this in one day - said it was excellent. Finally got him to read something not Captain Underpants, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or Minecraft.
Ms. Yingling
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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When Addison's aunt and uncle, both respected curators at the New York Museum of Archaeology, are kidnapped by the evil Russian Professor Ragar, Addison knows that he must save them. Ragar wants the Incan key that he has because it leads to an ancient treasure, and Addison figures that he can find the treasure while saving his aunt and uncle. He assembles his team (his sister Molly and friends Raj and Eddie), books a flight to Colombia, and sets off to save the day.
Vito Gutilla
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I was a kid, I loved the Indiana Jones, the Hardy Boys, and the Goonies. This book is a perfect combination of Jones-esque adventure with Hardy-esque mystery with Goonies-esque hijynx. The plot moves constantly forward with a pleasingly predictable overall arc while also offering unexpected twists and turns along the way from scene to scene.

The real charm of this book is in the characters. Addison Cooke is by far the best, as he should be. He's a wise-cracking sixth-grade mix of James Bond
Scott Carr
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas has done something truly exception: it's both a throwback to the great adventure stories of my childhood in books and movies (The Hardy Boys; Tom Sawyer; The Goonies) while also being fresh, fun, and topical. It's a thrill to read, with a poppy voice and lots of laugh-out-loud humor. The pace of the book is fantastic - I can see the whole story in my head because it's told with easy-to-visualize images and wonderful characterizations with dialogue that ...more
Heather Pearson
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, ya
This is an awesome story. What to do when your aunt and uncle, who are your legal guardians, are abducted. If you're Addison Cooke, you call in your sister and your best friends and you plan a rescue.

As museum curators, his aunt and uncle don't lead the boring life you might expect, instead, they are often travelling to far off, exotic sounding places hunting for lost treasures. Unfortunately for all of them, this time they have found a clue that has put them in peril. With the help of his siste
2.5 stars. Kinda cute, kinda humorous. The biggest problem is that the entire book, the situations, the dialogue, is very much written in the format of a children's adventure *movie*, one of those that will very much *only* appeal to young children (their parents that accompany them to the theater will likely be inwardly groaning most of the time.) If I want movie situations and movie dialog, then I'll watch a movie. From a novel, even an unrealistic one, I expect more novel-oriented writing. Th ...more
I read this for our book blog. We're having a guest reviewer (a middle grader) read and review this book for us so I wanted to read it too.

I'm clearly not the target audience and so it's hard for me to review it fairly and thus I'm not going to give it a star rating. I did like the incorporation of some historical information about the incas but the plot was way over the top for me (children traipsing through the Amazon forest with great ease, then outswimming caimans and surviving falls over wa
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great read and fun adventure! Addison Cooke somehow manages to make being a nerd sound cool. I'm all for a book that influences children to like history and formal attire. This story points out the value of family and friendships. I highly recommend this read to any parent hoping to find a gift for their child. The humor and adventure along with some decent vocabulary words will spark the interest of any reader while secretly giving them some life lessons too. While a children's book, I like t ...more
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a good paced adventure that will suck in any middle grade readers. The adventure starts right away and doesn't stop. Along with all the action there is the chance for readers to learn more about central and South American geography and some culture. The idea of the Russian mobsters is also interesting.
Maybelyn Plecic
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard-cover-books
Great read for any age who is interested in adventure, mystery and a great life lessons of survival and prioritizing what is important.
Mark Buxton
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
My name is Addison Cooke, and I must find the second key to seven hundred and fifty TONS of Incan treasure. My Uncle N, the second greatest archaeologist in the world, found the first key but was beaten and kidnapped by a former colleague. My Aunt D, the greatest archaeologist in the world, was taken too, so urgent circumstances dictate I must rescue them. I've called a Code Blue for my sister Molly, Raj, and Eddie, and they've agreed to join me on my mission to the Andes Mountains. My knowledge ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
I do not remember exactly when I read it, but it was sometime this year? I am behind on reviewing books. So ignore the dates down below; I read it over a couple weeks, not in one day.


There was literally no plot line whatsoever. The whole book was dedicated to attempting to be funny.

Note that I said 'attempting', not 'being'. The most I did was snort slightly at a joke once.

The characters were flat. There was no real change in them throughout the
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-lit
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Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Addison Cooke takes the reader, his sister Molly and friends Eddie and Raj on a wild ride through Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. Addison is in search of the lost Inca treasure of Atahualpa. Evil forces have kidnapped his aunt and uncle, so Addison sets out with Molly and friends to get to the treasure before they do. Many parts of the story are pretty unbelievable, but it is a fun read.
I am on the fence as to what message it sends to kids. On the one hand it teaches independence but I think any di
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fun! Unrealistic? Of course. You are willing to suspend your belief and knowledge because it is fast moving, funny, and exciting. It is the Indiana Jones story with kids as the main characters. You want them to succeed and you know that they will and it is simply fun to read what outrageous ways that they do. I was only about a third of the way into this book when I immediately had to search and find out if there were more to reserve and read. (Luckily the answer is yes, two more.) ...more
Alison Condliffe
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classroom-books
Got involved in the adventure of this book and enjoyed a different type of main character in Addison. Addison is smart, wears a tie and is from a family of archaeologists. Some of the book was too smart and those kids should have died a few times but still a good read that sucks you in. This is the beginning of a series and a bigger mystery involving the Cooke family. Would have liked some more females in the book, although Molly and Guadalupe were feisty and integral to the story, also enjoyed ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
So, honestly I would have given this 3 stars if I’d read this alone. It’s humor is not as amusing to me as it may have been as a child, it’s plot is pretty straight, and there was this repeating problematic use of terms of racial / ethnic derision (for Romani and generic indigenous peoples). And don’t get me started on the geography...

But it was fun and I read it with my two oldest boys, and they loved it, and they helped me remember times where I wasn’t constantly “analyzing the discourse” and
Maureen Tully
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
One reviewer compared this to "a middle school Ferris Bueller x Indiana Jones mash-up". It is definitely a fast-paced, rollicking good time! An engaging plot and quirky characters, this book engages the reader from the first page. At the center of the story is the love of family and the importance of loyalty between friends; always a fantastic message to share with kids. As an additional plus, this book will surely inspire an interest in history, Central American geography, and travel! A great a ...more
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Jonathan Stokes is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He has written on assignment for Fox, Paramount, Universal, Warner Brothers, New Line, and Sony. He is the author of several upcoming kids' books being published by Penguin Random House. Jonathan is a street taco aficionado, an urban explorer, and koala enthusiast.

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