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Reviewed by Anastacia Hawkins for Readers' Favorite
In Scott Clements’s "Gasparilla’s Treasure" Trip Montgomery’s great grandfather, Pappy, encourages Trip to “Get the trunk! Promise me! You need to find that trunk...” But before Pappy can explain the importance of the trunk, he suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. The contents of the trunk start Trip on an adventure of a lifetime as he sets out to find Gasparilla’s Treasure. Trip’s best friend and competitive gamer, Josh, and the new girl in town, Sarah, join forces with Trip as they discover hidden clues and overcome one obstacle after another, including the school bully and his goons, and the fact that Trip’s mother has forbidden him to waste his life chasing after a dream, just as his father and great grandfather did. Trip’s adventure takes the reader on a tour of historic St. Augustine, Florida, as Trip and his friends discover clues in González-Alvarez House, the bell tower of Grace United Methodist Church, Fort Matanzas, the old lighthouse, the Spanish fort, Castillo de San Marcos, and the Fountain of Youth Park.
"Gasparilla’s Treasure" is one part National Treasure, one part Indiana Jones. It is at times predictable and obvious, yet keeps its readers wondering what the next clue will be and how it will all come together. Will the treasure be found? And if so, will it be all that Trip and his friends believe it to be? There are elements to the story that are not thoroughly explained, but all in all "Gasparilla’s Treasure" is an entertaining, fast-paced adventure that will appeal to the middle grade reader.