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Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure Hardcover – October 8, 2011
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If I was a tween-age boy, I would love this book. Even as an adult, I really enjoyed the story and have to wonder if there will be more stories with these kids.
I received Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure after seeing a tweet about it from Cedar Fort. I requested it because my last name was in the title, but I also like young adult adventure stories. From the book cover, I was expecting it to be a little Harry Potter like (without the magic), but once I started reading it Huber Hill felt more like the Wimpy Kid series (I haven't actually read the books, but I did see both movies).
Huber is the target of the school's bully. As the lesser talented twin, he feels that his parents might not love him as much. He is your typical awkward age boy. Though the kids are suppose to be 15 in the book, I often felt they acted more like 11 - 13 years old. I know that kids mature at different rates so I'm sure some 15 years old kids do act like Scott and Huber. This is probably my only complaint about the story. (the author emailed me after the review posted saying they had changed the age of the kids)
The adventure they embark on, while to my adult sensibilities was foolish, was just the kind of adventure every kid dreams of: the prospect of undiscovered treasure, a map, and some friends. However, kids are not the only ones interested in finding this legendary gold. The sinister decedent of a Spanish explorer is hot on their trail. Huber, Hannah, and Scott's adventure is fraught with missteps and danger.Read more ›
This book had my heart racing and pounding from excitement, tear-jerking, and anxiety! A treasure that will be prized on your shelf!
Huber, a 15 year old, lives an exciting life as much as a corn in a corn field. He's been bullied most of his life by the same boy, Scott, his twin sister Hannah is better than him at everything, his crush doesn't even notice him, and his parents are always on opposing sides constantly fighting. The only thing grounding him is his cooky but well-hearted grandfather, Nicholas Eldredge.
On visits to Grandpa Nick's house, he indulges himself as well as his grandkids, Huber and Hannah, about tales about the Spaniards who found a mine filled with gold but protected by the Ute tribe. And as the story goes, in the end the Spaniards died and weren't able to fend off the Ute, and were left to spend their afterlife with the treasure they greedily fought for. The treasure was never taken, never removed, and to this day is still there in that mine.
The ancestors of those Spaniards passed along the map leading to Tesoro de los Muertos, Dead Man's Treasure, from generation to generation until Grandpa Nick received it as a gift from a Spaniard man who gave up the find and believing that the treasure is just another false legend. With his passing, Grandpa Nick hands down the map to his grandkids... Let the treasure hunt begin!
Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure was such an adventure. I would definitely have my son reading this when he grows up.Read more ›
I have boys who are tweens and early teens and I'm always looking for good books for them to read; or rather, books that will interest them enough to get them to read! I have to say, Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure fits the bill perfectly! It has action, a little sentiment, a little romance, and did I mention action!
Huber is having a really bad year. He's being bullied at school by a boy named Scott, he has no friends, and he's not athletic like his twin sister, Hannah, to his dad's regret. The only person who he is close to is his grandfather. Sadly, his grandfather dies, but he leaves Huber a box with a story and a treasure map. Huber decides that he is going to go on a quest to find the treasure in his grandfather's name. He has since become friends with his bully, Scott, so they decide to camp out on the mountain and find the treasure. Huber's sister, Hannah, overhears their plans and blackmails Huber into taking her along.
There are lots of trials and tribulations on their journey, least of which is a Spanish man, Juan Salazar, who wants the treasure for himself, and will do anything to get it. Let me tell you, this Juan is one scary dude! I wouldn't want to run into him on a dark mountain!
This story is very well written and is a quick read. Parents should be aware that it gets really scary about halfway through, but not so scary that I wouldn't let my sons read it. Just something to be aware of.
In summary, I can definitely recommend this as a great MG book, with a fast pace, and thrills and chills to keep anyone reading it on the edge of their seat :D
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 11 year old daughter has this book she has read it 10 times. We went to a event and she got a free Signed copy. She is on the 2nd book now. Read morePublished 15 months ago by rochelle bryant
Huber Hill is a teenager who is not exactly what you would call one of the "cool" kids in school. In fact, he is bullied and picked on by his nemesis, Scott McCormick, who gave... Read morePublished on December 20, 2011 by Jasmine @ the bookish mama
What more good comments can I say about this book that has not already been said? The story grabs your attention from the start, and keeps you going till the very end. Read morePublished on December 16, 2011 by B. Draper
Huber Hill is having a tough time. He's constantly picked on at school, his parents won't stop fighting, and he can never match up to his twin sister. Read morePublished on October 14, 2011 by Lisa