James Patterson is a prolific writer. He publishes several novels a year, although now days he usually writes with a co-author. His career started in mystery and action novels for adults, but when he discovered several years ago his teen age son didn’t like reading, Mr. Patterson took it upon himself to publish an action-oriented novel for teen boys. That series, the Dangerous Days of Daniel X, was very successful and wrapped up last year. Also for teens, James Patterson has written the Maximum Ride and Witch and Wizard series. If you know of even younger readers, James Patterson has been recently taking on the middle school set with I, Funny, the Middle School series, and now a new illustrated novel called Treasure Hunters by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. This new novel is the first in a series, best suited to readers who like humor and adventure stories. Clocking in at nearly 450 pages, this book is certainly not the usual length of book for a 13 year old, but the illustrations and pace make it seem like a much shorter book.
The story follows four children: seventeen year old Tommy, younger sister Storm, and youngest two, the twins Bick and Beck. All are part of the Kidd family, an adventurous group who live on a sailboat, searching for buried treasure. The story starts off with an intense storm scene where Dad goes missing! It is further explained that Mom went missing in a shady deal with pirates a few weeks earlier. It is up to the kids to continue searching for Mom and follow the buried treasure map Dad left. Normally, this would be pretty serious stuff for pre-teen and teen age readers, but the style of the writing is very humorous, and no one takes the parents’ disappearance seriously. The next in the series, King Solomon’s Mines, is advertised in the back of the book, but so far there’s no publish date.
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Treasure Hunters by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
ISBN: 9780316207560, 450 pages, illustrated.
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