Title: Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure
Author: B.K. Bostick
When his grandfather dies, Huber Hill is devastated---until he opens Grandpa Nick's mysterious box. An old gold coin and directions to a hidden Spanish treasure send him and his friends off on an mind-blowing adventure, but he's not the only one on the hunt. Filled with dangerous animals and cryptic puzzles, this book will have you on the edge of your seat until the last page.
What a fun book! I haven't read a book in a long time that was a fun treasure hunt book, and this one fit the bill well. First of all who of us hasn't wanted to find a treasure map and head out in search of the treasure?? I know I have! Well Huber, is friend Scott and sister Hannah get the chance to do just that. But of course it has to be more than that. Add in one bad dude who wants the treasure too and you have the perfect mix for an action filled, face paced, keep you reading book.
First I loved that the treasure map came from Huber and Hannah's grandfather. That make the hunt even more interesting and personal. The way the clues were explained and described were well done. They had to be deciphered and then found on the mountain, but they weren't so complicated that it made it unbelievable that they could possibly follow them. The only thing was they were done in Spanish, and because I don't Spanish it found them a bit hard to follow. The characters were find with it, so that was fine, but it was a bit hard for me! What I really liked about the treasure hunt was how they worked it so they could go without their parents knowing. Now that was completely realistic! I could very very easily see kids doing that and believing it would work!
What I liked the best - the twists and turns that the plot took! WOW! Just when I thought I knew what would happen it was pulled out from me! And done well! Many of the twists totally took me off guard. I never saw them coming. That's not to say they weren't possible - they were. I just never saw them coming! This started with how Scott bullied Huber to the very end of the story. Watch out!
One small small issue I had with the book - at first I thought the kids were suppose to be younger than they were, so it took me a bit to switch gears on that. Not a big deal but a small issue for me.
For the Guys? YES!!! I think they'd love how Scott and Huber treated each other - they would see themselves in it. Plus it's got some nice action (fight scenes) that they'd like.
Final Thought: More twists than a roller coaster but well done!
Best stick-with-you image: Huber and the knife. Ouch.
Best for readers who: Have ever wanted to go on a treasure hunt
Best for ages: 9+