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Reviewed by Gail Kamer for Readers' Favorite
Treasure in Catclaw Canyon: The Legend of Sassafras House, Volume 2 by Anita Stafford is the story of a boy who misses his father and believes the best of him when that might be a questionable action. It’s a tale of stolen items and a treasure map. Kale discovers a painting in a local store. This painting was stolen and Kale believes he needs to rescue it. He believes a treasure map he has will lead to gold and thus help him pay for it. Kale is interviewed by a local newspaper about other money he found, which brings his absent father back into his life. Where has his dad been for six years and why does he show up now? Can Kale find the treasure? A unique ending awaits you.
Many children miss absent parents and wonder what they did to cause them to stay away. Treasure in Catclaw Canyon: The Legend of Sassafras House, Volume 2 by Anita Stafford is a great resource for discussing these feelings. Written in the first person, in easy to read text, the mystery of a treasure map lures in young readers. Anita Stafford connects the plot with the analogy of the domino and butterfly effects to add dimension to the storyline, along with great foreshadowing of events to come. In addition, Anita Stafford supplies a link to a teacher’s guide. I recommend Treasure in Catclaw Canyon for school counselors and for parents dealing with this issue. A wonderful story!