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Gasparilla's Treasure by Scott Clements
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Jul 08, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: middle-grade, adventure, owned

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 together (well at least Josh thinks he's helpful) to solve the mystery that has been unsolved for generations. For those of you who are wondering, there wasn't excessive violence, offensive storylines or actions, so I think it's a good wholesome story for the middle grade target audience.

My favourite character was Josh, the goofball, as he added some comic relief to the story, by just being himself. He lingered in the adventure without having to actually contribute much, so he was free to fulfil his love of video games along the way. My least favourite character was Eli, the bully, not due to the writing, but just for the fact that I hate bullies. This indicates to me that the author has been successful in portraying the baddie character to the reader.

Overall, I enjoyed this adventure and it kept my interest from cover to cover. There were hints of more to come - a second book perhaps? I'd be pleased if there were more adventures to read in the future.
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Reading Progress

July 8, 2012 – Shelved
July 13, 2012 – Started Reading
July 14, 2012 –
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July 19, 2012 –
100.0% "Enjoyed this one. Review to follow soon."
July 19, 2012 – Finished Reading
August 6, 2012 – Shelved as: middle-grade
August 6, 2012 – Shelved as: adventure
September 3, 2012 – Shelved as: owned

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