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Treasure of the Blue Whale

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In this whimsical, often funny, Depression-era tale, young Connor OHalloran decides to share a treasure hes discovered on an isolated stretch of Northern California beach. Almost overnight, his sleepy seaside village is comically transformed into a bastion of consumerism, home to a commode with a jeweled seat cover, a pair of genuinely fake rare documents, a mail-order ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2020 by Regal House Publishing
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Kasa Cotugno
What a delightful read. We are introduced to the 1934 inhabitants of Tesoro, California, located in Marin County pre-Golden Gate Bridge, through the eyes of 10-year-old Connor OHalloran at the remove of 80 years, with up to date asides coloring the narrative. Upon his laying claim to a blob of ambergris on the beach and discovery of its possible value, Connor decides to split the proceeds with Tesoro's other residents who have treated his family (his fragile, abandoned mother and prescient ...more
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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They say a fool and his money are easily parted. As someone who has recently cleared out whole rooms full of evidence which inarguably proves this point, I was very much in the right frame of mind for the new novel from Steven Mayfield, Treasure of the Blue Whale. The story follows ten-year-old Connor OHalloran, who lives in the coastal town of Tesoro in California. Its 1934, and the start of the summer
Erica (ricci.reads)
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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'Treasure of the Blue Whale' is a charming story of a coastal village in Northern California, narrated by 90 year old Connor O'Halloran. He recounts the summer of 1934 when he is 10 years old and discovers half a ton of ambergris washed up on the beach, a substance that is secreted by sperm whales and is extremely valuable in perfume manufacture. He decides to share his riches with the entire village who have looked out for him, his younger brother
Brandy McGlaughlin
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a fantastic read for me. It was fun and whimsical telling the story through the eyes of a 90 year old as his 10 year old self. I loved the village, with fun characters and wacky stories and really telling the cost of wealth. The people in it had a very Gilmore girls vibe to it and the setting was beautiful. I learned all about Ambergris as well as life for a 10 year old boy in 1934! This book is a must read for me.
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Jean Roberts
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Plot in brief (no spoilers) : Told from the vantage point of eighty years, this is the richly layered story of ten-year-old Connor O'Halloran, his family and the residents of a small seaside town north of San Francisco during the Great Depression. On a beach ramble with lighthouse keeper and curmudgeon Angus MacCallum, young Connor finds, what the town believes to be, a massive piece of ambergris. Miss Lizzie, the smartest woman in town, values it at several million dollars. When he decides ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am so happy I had the opportunity to read Treasure of the Blue Whale written by the extremely talented Steven Mayfield. What a fantastic book! When I began reading the first chapter I was instantly reminded of P.G. Wodehouse. The wonderful turn of phrase, the kooky characters, the fantastical plot. I had to make myself take breaks so the book would last longer! That first chapter alone was just perfect - what a way to begin a story - what a way to capture a reader's attention! I was hooked and ...more
Monika Dinesh
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Treasure of the blue whale is a novel narrated by Connor, about the happenings in a coastal town called Tesoro during Depression-era. After discovering that whale secretions are valuable in perfume making, the town is blooming with riches and consumed with greed to acquire the wealth. Fearing that the people who once helped Connor and his mom will lose their minds, Connor along with his friends help the town to get away from greed and to share their newfound treasure. The novel is heartfelt and ...more
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If you are in need of a giggle, this is your shining beacon; if you are in need of a bundle of giggles, this is still your shining beacon.

Treasure of the Blue Whale will captivate your mind and heart in it's whirlwind discovery of modern day treasure in a small California beach side town during the Great Depression. When sudden unexpected wealth envelops the entire population, hysterics ensue; monkeys are bought, mail order brides purchased, bejeweled toliets now line front porches; but it isn't
Jennifer Oakley
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This was such a fun, lighthearted read! Told from the perspective of 90-year-old Connor looking back on the summer of 1934, when he was 10 years old and discovered a half ton of ambergris washed up on the beach of small town Tesoro, California. Being a generous boy, he decides to share the treasure with the town. Hilarity and a few valuable life lessons ensue.

This book was a charming and warm view of the shenanigans that happen when average folks are suddenly gifted with fortunes. The characters
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a solid 4 1/2. It was whimsical, engaging, reminiscent, and a pleasure to read. As I read this, I was brought to mind of Stephen Kings The Green Mile in how the story was told through memory and reflection and liked it for that exact same reason. ...more
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Quirky sweet and fun! Whats not to like? ...more
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