Andy Sweet is a kid without much going for him. His classmates have dubbed him “Duct Tape” because his tattered discount-store sneakers are held together with…you guessed it, duct tape. He can’t escape the bullying. Andy’s luck changes after he finds a $20 gold piece on the stream bed while swimming with his sister in a stream near their home. Andy later buys a $1 souvenir treasure map at the county fair. The map shows the route to the “lost treasure” of the notorious outlaw Jesse James. Andy can’t help but wonder: is there a link between the “fake” treasure map and the gold coin? He is determined to find out.
A real page-turner from beginning to end, filled with real-life characters, vividly described settings, and packed with plot twists that left me wondering more than a few times how our protagonists could ever prevail. While this book is intended for YA, I think anybody with a sense of adventure will love it. I look forward to more from Mr Cloud!
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