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Key to the Treasure (Liza, Bill & Jed Mysteries) Paperback – March 8, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Series: Liza, Bill & Jed Mysteries
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (March 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440444381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440444381
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Liza, Bill, & Jed Mystery series:

“Liza, Bill, and Jed are sleuths again. . . . Believable characters, surroundings, and situations and an action-packed plot which thickens steadily and surely to a logical solution make a book sure to win Miss Parish even more young fans.”—School Library Journal

“Young readers will be immediately involved . . . and can share the fun and excitement of unscrambling the codes and deciphering the cryptic instructions.”—The Horn Book Magazine

From the Publisher

Each summer Lisa, Bill, and Jed visit their grandparents, and they hear the story of the sketches hung above the mantel. The sketches are clues to a hidden treasure, and no one has been able to figure them out for a century. There is a missing first clue, but when the children stumble upon the second clue, they're on their way. Could it be that on this visit they will solve the secret that has eluded so many for more than a hundred years?.

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Read it with my 6 year old.
Marge
Though it took a little coaxing to get him started on the first chapter, I'm happy to say he quickly finished the book and declared it to be a great story.
Boulder Mom
What I enjoy most about Peggy Parish's book is that it is fiction based on facts.
Timothy Wade

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am in first grade. I got this really good book. What happens is these three children named Liza, Bill, and Jed try to figure a mystery out. This is how there's a mystery to be solved. Their grandpa told them a story one night and he said when his grandfather was a little boy there was a bonnet hanging on the wall and the boy always wished he could try it on. One day he came downstairs and the housekeeper said he could try it on. He was excited. Then one day something happened that made everyone sad. The boy's dad was going to fight in the army. But the dad left a puzzle. The boy had other brothers and sisters so the dad gave them envelopes with clues to a treasure. Their mom by mistake put the envelopes in her apron pocket. When she washed the apron, the envelopes were still in the pocket. So the envelopes got all soggy.
You have to read the book to find out the rest. I liked the story because it was a great mystery and it was funny. I will tell my friends to read it beause I think they will like it a lot.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
I hate to echo the other reviews but I feel the same way...I loved this book as a child. I read it over and over and kept hoping I'd stumble upon a similar mystery in my house to solve. Now, I'm reading the whole series of Liza, Jed and Bill mysteries to my daughters, ages 4 and 7, and they love them as much as I did. My 7-year-old can read them herself, but it's more fun to share them as a family, a chapter a night. I'd recommend this book (the best in the series in my opinion) as a great gift, even for a reluctant reader. Kids just have to keep turning the pages to see what happens.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Wade on March 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a child I read "Key to the Treasure" by Peggy Parish at least three times, if not more. I became enraptured with the story line from the very beginning as the accidental discovery of a piece of paper rolled up in an old Indian war bonnet turns into the adventure of a lifetime for three young children.

What I enjoy most about Peggy Parish's book is that it is fiction based on facts. This lends a great deal of believability to the story while providing young readers with glimpses of a time when life was far more simple and yet much more fun. For this reason alone I purchased a new copy of the book for my nine-year-old daughter.

I highly recommend "Key to the Treasure" for children ages seven through twelve who enjoy reading and also enjoy using their imagination. Many hours of pleasure are sure to be derived from this book that I believe to be a classic children's story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Boulder Mom on July 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
In looking for books that could hold the interest of my sports-minded 10-year old son, I recalled great pleasure in reading Key to the Treasure when I was a kid. Though it took a little coaxing to get him started on the first chapter, I'm happy to say he quickly finished the book and declared it to be a great story. I knew he genuinely meant it when he asked me if I would consider getting him two more of the Peggy Parish books listed in the back flap of this book. That was great to hear, since, most days, reading is last on his list of priorities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Nerio on September 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
When I was 6 or so, my mother used to read my sister and I these books one chapter at a time. I used to get really impatient having to wait a whole day for the next chapter. Once when I complained, my mother said "go read the book yourself then" Up to that point I had refused to learn to read....but I had to see what happened next. It took me a long time, but I eventually got the hang of reading and from then on I became a reading machine.
Years latter my mother confessed that getting me interested to read the books myself was her whole plan. Thanks mom!
Awesome books! The kind all children (and grownups) should read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Whitney on March 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
1979. I was 7 years old. Found this masterpiece in the elementary school library one day. This book changed my childhood; it introduced the concept of mystery and adventure. It's effects - lasting. Now 35, it's the year 2007, and I once again stumble upon "Key to the Treasure". Life is great. Nostalgia warms my soul. Kids: enjoy your childhood - read as many books as you can. These years are the BEST of your life.

Thank you Mrs. Parish for the memories!

Now... it's on to "The Mystery of Chimney Rock"...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kip kobussen on March 20, 2003
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This was my favorite book as a child. I recently read it to my eight year old, who has re-read it a number of times. I also read it to his third grade class and they loved it. Despite being slightly dated, this book has all the things kids love...mystery, adventure, and looking for things. It also has a rather touching ending that had several third graders a little choked up. You will be hard pressed to find a better book for your elementary school readers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1998
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an exciting story in an easy to read book. But, it is not what I would refer to as an "Easy Reader". The copy of the book that my 8 year old daughter read has 180 pages in it and lots of words on a page. After reading it, she has the confidence to read other books which up to this point had intimidated her. It is a great transition between those "every page with a picture on it" type books and longer more involved stories.... besides that, it is a fun book that keeps you searching for the next clue.
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