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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.

Anna Schubarth
Author, The Schubark Chronicles

About the Author

Scott Clements is a two time Emmy nominated sound mixer in the movie and television industry. After writing various movie scripts and the popular textbook “Production Sound, A Beginner’s Guide to Equipment and Techniques”, Scott turned his attention to writing his favorite type of book, children’s fiction. His first book, “Gasparilla’s Treasure” is an adaptation of one of his movie scripts. Born in 1972, Scott grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and currently lives in Orlando with his wife, son, dog, and three cats. Writing mostly late at night when there are less distractions, he enjoys using his laptop computer so he can have his four legged family members by his side.

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  • File Size: 486 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publication Date: February 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EZFAHM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,908 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Once upon a time, there was a young boy living in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. As the youngest of three children, the boy was small. He watched from off stage as his sister danced and twirled on stage in whatever production his mother's ballet company was performing. The boy and his brother worked with their father to build sets, hang lights, and do whatever technical things needed to be accomplished for the ballet. The boy loved being with his family as he watched the stories unfold on the stage in front of him.

One day, when the boy was going into 7th grade, he decided he wanted to play the trumpet. He joined the band and practiced really hard. The boy enjoyed being in the band because it allowed him to be a small part of a powerful team. When that team worked together as one, they could accomplish great things. When the boy made it to high school, he continued to play trumpet in one of the greatest marching bands in the southeast.

The boy and his friends loved to make goofy videos, so it was no surprise when he decided to go into the movie and television business. He went to college and studied to become a sound mixer. While in college, he met a beautiful princess and four years later they were married.

The boy became a man, spending years working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows, again being part of talented teams that together could do amazing things. The man and the princess had a son of their own, and it was the greatest day in the man's life. As his son grew and started to read books, the man decided he wanted to write stories his son could enjoy. Having been surrounded by the entertainment business his entire life, the man discovered he really enjoyed writing books.

The man currently lives in Orlando, Florida and is happy every time someone reads one of his books. He continues to work on movies, TV shows, and his books in hopes that he can help entertain all the people in the kingdom.

THE END

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A book worth reading!, March 9, 2012
By Bernie
This review is from: Gasparilla's Treasure
Dedicated to all who see life as an adventure, Scott Clements has created an interesting, well thought out, adventure book for the young at heart. Life is seen through the eyes of a teenage boy and his friends as they search for the long lost Gasparilla's Treasure by uncovering and following clues through historic St. Augustine, Florida. The tale is both entertaining and touching as the three friends lead the reader down a path to surprises. As the book draws to a close, Clements has left us wanting more and in the end, he has left clues for their next great adventure. The book is filled with history, suspense and humor while grounded in a world of Middle School drama with Sarah, his first love, Josh, his computer geek best friend and Eli, a bully who constantly tries to undermine the hero. A book worth reading!
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Scott Clements has done a fantastic job creating a modern day mystery rich with history. He has captured the trials and thrills of being a 13 year old in todays society. I was so excited to get my hands on this book; I certainly was not let down. The day I received the book I started reading it and did not put it down until I finished. I can't wait to see what Trip Montgomery's next adventures have in
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Dedicated to all who see life as an adventure, Scott Clements has created an interesting, well thought out, adventure book for the young at heart. Life is seen through the eyes of a teenage boy and his friends as they search for the long lost Gasparilla's Treasure by uncovering and following clues through historic St. Augustine, Florida. The tale is both entertaining and touching as the three friends lead the reader down a path to surprises. As the book draws to a close, Clements has left us wanting more and in the end, he has left clues for their next great adventure. The book is filled with history, suspense and humor while grounded in a world of Middle School drama with Sarah, his first love, Josh, his computer geek best friend and Eli, a bully who constantly tries to undermine the hero. A book worth reading!
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I read this book to my 12-yr. old daughter and 15-yr. old son at the beginning of the summer. It was a fun, easily readable story that zipped along - perfect for summer, and perfect for sharing as a family. I liked hearing my kids laugh out loud at the character of Josh, who was always saying or doing something funny, or hearing them gasp "Oh, no" when sensing that persistent, intrepid Trip was about to be caught doing something he shouldn't. The storyline with the bully Eli was a bit over-the-top, my kids thought - but I have to say that it provided some of the "uh-oh" moments that I mentioned, and one hilarious scene involving Eli, Josh and a fork. Trip's affection and concern for his grandfather is touching, and the sweet but awkward romantic feelings between Trip and Sara made my kids both smile and squirm with a bit of embarrassment. I think they put themselves in Trip's shoes as we read, and it's always good thing to identify with the main character.

We recently talked about what they enjoyed about the book. Here is what my kids had to say about GASPARILLA'S TREASURE:

* It's funny
* It's like NATIONAL TREASURE with kids as the characters
* Trip is the adventurous one, Sarah is smart, and Josh adds humor
* It incorporates the history of St. Augustine
* Recommend for 4th grade - 8th grade

I would think that a more reluctant reader would be pulled in to the story of GASPARILLA'S TREASURE, because Scott Clements has a knack for spinning a fun story with engaging characters.
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This is a book I read to preview for my children! It is along the lines of 'National Treasure' in the sense it is a treasure hunt. However this book is set in Florida and the main characters are kids.

I think it's an encouraging tale about a kid who is a little different, but has the self awareness to appreciate who he is! He has a GREAT sense of humor and a great best friend!

It is totally appropriate for any age, there are is nothing that could make anyone worry, this is the perfect book for a young adult!
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Loved the book, read it straight through a road trip. Three hours and I could not put it down! Who cares that it was a "kids" book, I loved it! I loved hating Eli, who didn't know an Eli in Jr. High? Josh was very like-able as as best friend and sweet Sarah, the brains, I wanted to be her. I cannot wait for the sequel, this was like a "National Treasure" for kids. I hope it's becomes a movie one day! Awesome job Scott, do not stop! We want to know what Trip will discover next!
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I highly recommend this fun adventure story for young adults. I totally enjoyed reading it myself, even though I'm long past "young adult" age. ;-) The prologue immediately draws you literally into the deep end, and after introductions to all the characters, the author sweeps you headlong into a race to find Gasparilla's treasure. I've always been a fan of treasure-hunting stories, and this one doesn't disappoint---the clues to the location of the treasure were really clever---and the ending of the book was thoroughly satisfying. Sequel please? ;-)

My favorite thing about the book was spending time with the young heroes: 13-year-old Trip Montgomery and his friends Josh and Sarah. They're charming, bright kids without any "super powers" and I liked them all immediately. It was heartwarming how much Trip loved his great-grandfather and really cared about spending time with him in the retirement home. Josh was just plain delightful fun, and I found myself laughing out loud at his antics. I really liked how integral Sarah was to the story, not only as a good friend, but key to solving the puzzles and finding the treasure. Go Girl power! ;-) (And the side story about the bully is certainly timely with bullying so much in the news these days.)

My other favorite part of the book was how the author wove the location (St. Augustine, Florida) into the story. I live in the area and it was so much fun reading about a treasure hunt in all the historical places I'm familiar with (loved the part at the lighthouse!). Some interesting tidbits of the history of these places were thrown in along the way, adding a great educational aspect to the book.

I plan on donating my copy of this book to my local community library, where they are highly focused on children's reading programs. I hope the children there will enjoy reading this exciting story about places near where they live as much as I did.
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