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Saltwater Taffy [Kindle Edition]

Eric DelaBarre , R.C. Nason
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Book Description

Endorsed by Teachers of the Year around the country, Saltwater Taffy follows the lives of five tweenage friends as they uncover a treasure map that once belonged to the ruthless New Orleans pirate, Jean Lafitte. The discovery thrusts them from one treasure hunting adventure to the next as they try to out-wit, out-think and out-maneuver everyone from the one-legged junk-yard man and an overbearing town bully, to the creepy old man living at the top of the hill. Saltwater Taffy is a raceto-the-finish adventure that grabs the reader and never lets go.

Editorial Reviews


"My students and I fell in love with Saltwater Taffy right from the start.  What a great adventure story!"

Joy Weiss
2010 Arizona Teacher of the Year

"Saltwater Taffy is a riveting tale of adventure, friendship and buried treasure.  Where was this book when I was a kid?"

Gwen Desselle
2010 Georgia Teacher of the Year

"Saltwater Taffy is a pure joy to read and explore. It feels like a field trip to Treasure Island with the Goonies. It's a great inspirational adventure for young minds and those still young at heart."

Keil E. Hileman
2008 U.S. Department of Education Teacher and Ambassador Fellow
2004 Kansas Teacher of the Year
2004 National Teacher of the Year Finalist

"A perfect read for the summer. A wonderful, fun-filled adventure for all ages!"

Sharon F. Andrews
2006-2007 PTA Life Achievement Award
2008 South Dakota Teacher of the Year

"A wonderful book for reluctant readers--pirates, treasure maps, and a coming of age story that perfectly captures the heroic struggles of adolescence. What's not to love?"

Josh Anderson
2007 Kansas Teacher of the Year
2007 National Teacher of the Year, Finalist

"Friendships, bad guys, and pirate treasure - what more could a young reader want! Readers will enjoy Saltwater Taffy so much, they won't even realize they are learning some great life lessons."

Paul Frick
Editor, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

"Saltwater Taffy is more than a great read. Saltwater Taffy is SAWEET."

Aaron Young
President, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica

From the Author

As young children, our lives are filled with many amazing dreams of tomorrow.  We believe we can accomplish anything and that nothing is out of reach.  Because of our age, we aren't yet worried about what other people think of us and we have the organic ability to listen to our heart's desire.  Then...something happens...we begin to grow up.

Faced with the peer pressure and the overwhelming drive of fitting in, we withdraw from our dreams and develop the dysfunctional habit of playing small.  As a result, we no longer raise our hand in class and we shy away from anything that might make us appear vulnerable to our peers. 

Over time, our self-worth is suddenly based on how many friends we have on Facebook, what label of clothing we wear, or how popular we are at school.  Saddled with our dysfunctional habit of playing small, we begin to change our character and before we know it, we lose sight of our dreams.  

If a dysfunctional mental habit like this has the ability to derail a child's future potential, is it possible for us to alter their direction by enhancing their entertainment experience? 

Like a compass guiding an explorer, Saltwater Taffy was created to not only entertain our children, but to help guide them towards their inner voice of confidence and strengthen their natural impulse for love.  The more a child is able to develop this inner 'heart compass' habit, the more likely they grow up to become confident young men and women.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4980 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Publishing (January 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I6DQR6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome for all ages January 24, 2011
By Mallory
When I was offered to review the book "Saltwater Taffy" by Eric DelaBarre, I was a bit excited, I'm not going to lie, as much as I love reading about mystery and romance, I would much rather hear about adventure.

"Saltwater Taffy" fits this mold perfect, its full of suspense, mystery and a group of middle schoolers who want to find the lost treasure of Jean Laffitte.

But they're not alone in their, search, the whole town has been trying to figure out where the lost treasure is for years! So this rag-tag group of middle schoolers has to outsmart quite a few people in their hunt. Will they ever solve the mystery ciphers will they discover where the treasure is?

I really enjoyed reading this book, which is why I am such a fan of it, not only did it entertain my daughter, but it was a fantastic book to read out loud to her before bedtime. I had to stop myself from going further in the book as she fell asleep. I'll be honest, I really wanted to read the whole thing in one night!

This book is great for middle schooler to read on their own, but can also be read aloud to much younger children because its easy to read and understand. It's story is captivating and its written at a level of reading that they can understand. This book is also a great way to spend family time together; rather then watching a movie, I chose to read this to my daughter and we were both caught up in the adventure.

I would recommended this book to anyone who likes pirates and anybody who wants to read a book that will take them places! This book is about friendship and sticking together, as well as letting kids know that they can do anything if they put their mind to it!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid addition to any youth novels collection August 6, 2010
When you're on the trail of treasure, you're in a never ending race. "Saltwater Taffy" follows a group of friends on the hunt for the treasure of Jean Latfitte, and they soon find this mystery is filled with peril and other people who think they have better things to do with the treasure than a group of kids. A fun novel for young readers who love adventure, "Saltwater Taffy" is a solid addition to any youth novels collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOST AWESOME BOOK EVER March 26, 2011
By Amy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was the BEST, most AWESOME and AMAZING book I have EVER read. It's story line kept me from putting my kindle down. There were lessons to learn from, even as adults. The illustrations were outstanding. The characters were great. Icould relate to them. It was like,(laughing)like I knew a few of them. It's hard to say what my favorite part was, but I'd have to say the Saltwater Taffy Bomb was cool... No, it was SA-WEET!!! I will be getting the actual book to give to my grandkids.. I have 3. If you haven't already gotten yours.... I truly suggest this book to everyone who wants an adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Salt water taffy July 18, 2011
A Kid's Review
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is not about saltwater taffy, it is about Piratcy. This book is for 2nd-3rd grade range book, but if you are older (like me) this is a nice easy read. The pictures are so nice, and the carectors are funny. Have fun and enjoy reading about advenges, Loyalty, Betrayal, friendship, and fitting in. Happy Reading
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not My Favorite. March 4, 2011
I have mixed feelings on this book and cannot decide if the problem lies with the book or with the fact that I'm not exactly it's target audience. Told from the POV of a 13 year old boy in the 70's who embarks on a treasure hunt with 5 of his friends, this book is littered with life lessons and a whole lot of baseball! Having never been a 13 year old boy and having no interest in baseball, it was often hard to relate to and I found the characters more annoying than likable - but again this could have more to do with my demographic than the book.

That said, I've read a lot of kids books, middle reader books and young adult books - several told from the point of view of a boy (like the Percy Jackson books or the Magyk books, Mysterious Benedict Society, etc.) and enjoyed a lot of them. This one just wasn't my cup of tea.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madcap, mayhem, and hidden treasure! April 19, 2011
It's the summer of 1972, in Port Townsend and the annual Keys of Lafitte treasure hunt is underway. Brothers Scott and Gary Martin and their friends Zippy, Jimmy, and Jaq, team up to cipher clues and find the hidden key that will lead them to the pirate map where X marks the spot. Readers will enjoy sharing all the exciting intrigue and adventure with these quirky yet believable characters. Madcap and mayhem follow them every step of the way, which is too bad for them, but great fun for readers. Nason's illustrations look like animation stills and lend a Saturday matinee movie feel to this story. Best of all, there is a hidden treasure which you will never guess in a million-jillion years, but you will find the key inside "Saltwater Taffy".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun For All Ages September 14, 2011
By J.W.
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm a 50 year old man. I know I'm not the exact demographic for this book but I must say that once I opened it, I could not put it down. The storyline is compelling, the characters, especially Zippy, were complex and most interesting given that this tome was written with a much younger reader in mind. It's filled with adventure, mishaps, comedy and thrills. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go on one treasure-hunting adventure April 3, 2011
I always love a good pirate story and Saltwater Taffy by Eric DelaBarre will have you venturing off to uncover treasure maps and more.

Not only is it the Fourth of July, but it's also Pirate Week in town and everyone including Scott Martin is honoring their founding father, Jacques Pierre Lafitte, the great-grandson of a ruthless New Orleans pirate. Every year, the estate of Jacques Pierre Lafitte runs a full-page ad in the local newspaper detailing the latest clue to a popular treasure hunt in town known as the Keys of Lafitte. The clues from previous years just make up a long string of mixed-up letters and symbols, but everyone in town is vying to win. However, when five friends uncover a treasure map, they realize anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

Saltwater Taffy is an adventurous read that will have you cheering Scott and his friends on as they try to out-wit some of the characters in town, including the town bully and Old Man Sheesley, a creepy old man living at the top of the hill. There are so many things I love about this book--the fact that the images play in your mind like a movie, that the illustrations by R.C. Nason are just plain fun, and that the pages of the book make you feel as though you're holding onto an old treasure map. Most important though is that not only do the characters in the book learn about treasure hunting, but they also learn the importance of friendship.

To learn more, please visit the official website, which is very cool in itself!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This book does not had a kind of instant appeal for non-connoisseurs. Hopefully, we'll grow into it.
Published 2 months ago by Mom with Ph.D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I read this book to my children as a bed time story. And I think I enjoyed it more than they did.
Published 3 months ago by cjreview
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story for a 8 year old reading at a 5 grade level.
Grandson loved the story
Published 3 months ago by Dorothy
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm, many others worth seeking out before this
I did not care for this. Perhaps if it had been a $0.99 or $2.99 book, I'd feel less compelled to counter these many OMG reviews. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Zombeezy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
The illustrations are award winning, and justly so! The story is captivating! This is a winner in all ways! Don't miss it!
Published 17 months ago by Ann M. Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Giving as a gift to my niece
Have you tried to find good, quality tween books? There is so much that is under-aged or over-sexed. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Carlene Inge
1.0 out of 5 stars Saltwater Taffy- one sticky mess
Had to agree with Marsh the librarian. It was like someone running their fingers down a chalkboard reading this book. The similes and metaphors were overdone and cliche. Read more
Published 18 months ago by teawithsconesplease
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I have read the book and loved it. My two nephews have both read it more than once and keep asking if Eric will write another book.
Published 18 months ago by Ted Uyesaka
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written
Every page was crammed with atrocious similes and metaphors. It detracted from the story line. It was a good idea, but poor execution.
Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Best book ever o m g my 10 year old loves it best book she ever read wow must be great
Published 18 months ago by PSim
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More About the Author

Eric DelaBarre is an award winning writer/director who began his career with Dick Wolf on NBC's mega-hit drama, Law & Order. He has been a professional writer since 1995 and is a member of the Writers Guild of America. His work has been shown on HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, USA Network, as well as NBC. He has adapted NY Times best sellers for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, ghost written for Random House/Harmony Books, and lives in Santa Monica with his wife, Julie DelaBarre...


GOLD Medal - Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award
GOLD Medal - Reader's Favorite Book Award - Grades 4-6
SILVER Medal - Nautilus Book Award - Children
SILVER Medal - Benjamin Franklin Book Award

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