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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
The Lost Treasure of Loma Grande: From the Journals of Rudy McCafferty is a young reader’s tale of thrills and adventure, written by Richard Clark. When an ancient artifact with mysterious powers goes missing from the shrine of Atahualpa in Peru, archaeologist C.J. Drake and his assistant, Arguelo, track it to California. As Drake’s biggest fan, ten-year-old Rudy McCafferty of Loma Grande, while trying to figure out what to write for his new journal assignment, befriends budding cinematographer, Nick Nelson. Together, the boys are excited when they find a skull embedded in the side of the storm drain underneath the town’s new shopping complex. They return to the site, looking for answers, but Rudy discovers a stone tablet covered in hieroglyphs instead, foretelling a number of disasters within the mall. With each one threatening people’s lives, Rudy seeks out his favorite archaeologist in the hopes that together they can stop the Apocalypse.
In yet another blockbuster adventure from Richard Clark, the suspense and action was free-flowing from start to finish. I love the fact that I don’t need fast cars or roller-coasters in order to get such a euphoric thrill. From curses to ancient treasures, The Lost Treasure of Loma Grande is cleverly written, bouncing back and forth between an archaeologist’s determination to find a stolen artifact, and a boy whose dreams come alive, while uncovering more than he could have ever imagined. Even after finishing the book, I am still trying to get my breath back – and didn’t even realize the suspense of the story had me holding my breath! Richard Clark’s writing style, imagination and ability to execute the perfect plot in any story is what keeps me coming back to each and every one of his books, time and again. I will be tucking this particular gem into my bookcase tonight, and wholeheartedly recommend The Lost Treasure of Loma Grande to readers aged between 7-12 who enjoy the action-packed, fast-paced thrill of journeys into the unknown.