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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Gold Rush (Treasure Hunters) (Volume 1) by Keith Peterson is an exciting story of adventure for children. Hunter Stevens finds gold on one of his trips to the soggy creek beds behind his home. Little does he know that it's going to change his entire life. Irene, Hunter's mother who has a geological background, suggests they do a scratch test to determine if it's really gold. They keep it a secret and only share it with Megan, Hunter's best friend. Hunter takes Irene and Megan to the door in the hill. They discover a log book from 1805 there. As they go into the cave, they discover a lot of things that actually prove to be dangerous to their lives. The story takes a turn when Irene is kidnapped and the kidnappers want to know where they found the gold.
The author takes readers through woods, adventure, mystery, treasures, villains and intrigue. The plot is fast paced and the author's fluidity in her writing style helps in that. All the characters are well portrayed and the author's descriptive voice makes it very visual to readers. The black and white pictures complement the plot beautifully and make it more engaging. The story will remind readers of Enid Blyton's adventure series with all its details and moments. The author also makes it educational to the readers without them actually being aware of it. It is definitely a great adventure story for young readers and will make them look forward to the next volume.