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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2012
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2012
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2012
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2012
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2013
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2012
A cheerful adventure intertwined with a solid story!

Gasparilla's Treasure is an exciting story and has good, genuine elements; family, friendship, a budding romance, witty obstacles and triumphs. I like that Trip's quest has a rich family history and also how the story ties in cool, and historically accurate details.

The characters are very well developed, and they're relatable and likeable. As you read, it is very easy to envision the scenes on the big screen. The way the story is told, along with it's mystical components and potential for some incredible sequels, would make Gasparilla's Treasure an awesome movie series!

Apparently the book is geared toward a younger audience, but it definitely appeals to the kid in all of us.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes feeling happy!

Great job Scott Clements, hopefully you'll deliver a sequel in the not too distant future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2012
I read this one evening to see if an 8yr.old would enjoy it. As an adult I thought Scott did a great job in writing Gasparilla Treasure. He kept your interest throughout the entire book. I kept reading to find out what was happening next. Needless to say, I sent one to my great niece.

Here is her comment: We got the book and she LOVED it! I started reading it to her on the night it arrived and she couldn't wait for me to finish it! She just read the rest on her own! So, I haven't had the chance to read it, but she couldn't put it down! She wants me to thank you for sending it and wants to be sure that you tell your author friend how much she loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2012
When I was a kid, I would walk to my local library and read all the adventure books I could find. I wish this book was around then. It would have been one of my favorites. I am no longer a kid but this book took me back to those days where I would sit and read for hours and hours not wanting the adventure to end. This is a great book for kids in Middle School. Parents might enjoy it too. Trip, Josh & Sarah are great characters. I can just see these 3 walking down the hall in any middle school. I gave my copy to my favorite 10 year old. Now I have to buy another copy for myself!
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