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Posted December 22, 2011
I received an ecopy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
I have boys who are tweens and early teens and I'm always looking for good books for them to read; or rather, books that will interest them enough to get them to read! I have to say, Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure fits the bill perfectly! It has action, a little sentiment, a little romance, and did I mention action!
Huber is having a really bad year. He's being bullied at school by a boy named Scott, he has no friends, and he's not athletic like his twin sister, Hannah, to his dad's regret. The only person who he is close to is his grandfather. Sadly, his grandfather dies, but he leaves Huber a box with a story and a treasure map. Huber decides that he is going to go on a quest to find the treasure in his grandfather's name. He has since become friends with his bully, Scott, so they decide to camp out on the mountain and find the treasure. Huber's sister, Hannah, overhears their plans and blackmails Huber into taking her along.
There are lots of trials and tribulations on their journey, least of which is a Spanish man, Juan Salazar, who wants the treasure for himself, and will do anything to get it. Let me tell you, this Juan is one scary dude! I wouldn't want to run into him on a dark mountain!
This story is very well written and is a quick read. Parents should be aware that it gets really scary about halfway through, but not so scary that I wouldn't let my sons read it. Just something to be aware of.
In summary, I can definitely recommend this as a great MG book, with a fast pace, and thrills and chills to keep anyone reading it on the edge of their seat :D
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Posted August 27, 2011
This is a book my students will definitely love. It is full of mystery, and adventure. Those two things go hand in hand. I believe a lot of my students will be able to identify with the characters in this book. Huber and Hannah Hill are twins and about as opposite as you can get. Huber is a math geek and shy. His sister Hannah is very outgoing and athletic. Like a lot of students I know there are expectations from the parents that just can't be met. Huber feels this tension between himself and his father. Huber is also the victim of a bully, Scott McCormick. He stands up to Scott and ends up becoming friends with him.
When Huber and Hannah's Grandpa Nick passes away they miss him terribly. He was always telling them stories about hidden Spanish treasure. Upon his death they inherit a chest that has mementos, letters .AND.a treasure map! Hannah, Scott, and Huber set of to find the treasure and meet up with some very unexpected things. Check out this wonderful book to see if they find "Deadman's Treasure".
Posted August 19, 2011
Huber Hill is having a tough time. He's constantly picked on at school, his parents won't stop fighting, and he can never match up to his twin sister. One of the people he feels closest to is his grandfather, who tells him amazing stories of his past. The most interesting story is about Tesoro, a place in the mountains where the some Spaniards his some gold in times past. Huber, his sister, and his former-bully-now-friend are soon caught up in an exciting adventure when they become the owners of a mysterious map. Pursued by a man bent on getting their map, the kids have to survive a lot if they are going to find any treasure.
This was a pretty entertaining book. I felt it started out a little slow, but it went forward at a steady pace from there. Huber was a little too down-trodden for my tastes. I was very happy when he finally stood up for himself. Scott turned out to be a pretty good friend, but I could have done without the constant use of Huber's nickname. I also felt like the bad guy went through an excessive amount. How was he not down for the count?
In the end these turned out to be fairly minor quibbles. Overall it was a fun book. Once the kids got out into the mountains, it was pretty much non-stop adventure. I think this book will be enjoyable to boys and girls equally. The ending also leaves room for more story to be told, so I look forward to reading more about Huber and his crew.
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Posted August 18, 2011
I received an ARC from Cedar Fort Publishers for the virtual book tour in exchange for an honest review.
Together with the most unlikely of friends, Scott McCormick, Huber and his sister, Hannah, endeavour to find the treasure, trekking through mountainous terrain amidst fearsome wild life, Spanish corpses and cryptic messages which they must decipher. They find much more than they are looking for - adventure, wild animals, and a most dangerous adversary. They go it alone, no one knows where they are, or do they?
B.K. Bostick writes a fast paced page turner in Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure. The reader will cheer for the boy who makes an about face and takes on danger in his pursuit of the truth and treasure. The book ends with such a cliff-hanger that you know the story will continue further, and that's a good thing. This is one story where a series or at least another book is more than welcome! I enthusiastically recommend this book to readers of the middle grade, junior high level. If you are looking for adventure, you will definitely find it here!
Posted August 18, 2011
I received this ARC for review from Cedar Fort, Inc. as part of the author's virtual book tour. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. Wow, what an adventure! When I read the synopsis, I knew I would enjoy this book. But even I wasn't prepared for what a fun, captivating read this was going to be! Huber Hill is a 15-year old boy who has the misfortune of being antagonized by the class bully, Scott McCormick. Every person will be able to connect with Huber because we have all been in that position at one time or another. He is an extremely likeable protagonist. Huber and his twin sister, Hannah, are extremely close to their Grandpa Nick. I love how Bostick portrays the closeness of their relationship. The kids are devastated when Grandpa Nick dies, but he leaves them a secret map that is supposed to lead to the Dead Man's Treasure hidden in the mountains. Bostick throws in a creepy villain, puzzling clues, and a twist that makes this book a thrilling read! As a parent, I love the many teachable moments that Bostick has created within the novel which act as a springboard to meaningful discussions with my children that include topics such as: death and grief, bullying, forgiveness, family dischord, keeping secrets, and money. Fans of Indiana Jones or the Goonies will love this fast-paced adventure! I think it is a perfect middle-grade read which appeals to both boys and girls. As an adult, I enjoyed the book thoroughly and thought how much I would have loved to read a book like this when I was younger. My kids are little young yet for this, but I know they will enjoy it every bit as much as I did when they are a bit older! The ending sets the reader up for the next adventure, and I cannot wait to continue this series! MY RATING: 5 stars!! I loved it, and I can't rave enough about it! Highly recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 13, 2011
What drew me in to read Huber Hill and The Dead Man's Treasure was that it took me back to the movie Goonies. That movie was awesome and it will always be my oldie favorite! Please excuse my nostalgia =)
This book had my heart racing and pounding from excitement, tear-jerking, and anxiety! A treasure that will be prized on your shelf!
Huber, a 15 year old, lives an exciting life as much as a corn in a corn field. He's been bullied most of his life by the same boy, Scott, his twin sister Hannah is better than him at everything, his crush doesn't even notice him, and his parents are always on opposing sides constantly fighting. The only thing grounding him is his cooky but well-hearted grandfather, Nicholas Eldredge.
On visits to Grandpa Nick's house, he indulges himself as well as his grandkids, Huber and Hannah, about tales about the Spaniards who found a mine filled with gold but protected by the Ute tribe. And as the story goes, in the end the Spaniards died and weren't able to fend off the Ute, and were left to spend their afterlife with the treasure they greedily fought for. The treasure was never taken, never removed, and to this day is still there in that mine.
The ancestors of those Spaniards passed along the map leading to Tesoro de los Muertos, Dead Man's Treasure, from generation to generation until Grandpa Nick received it as a gift from a Spaniard man who gave up the find and believing that the treasure is just another false legend. With his passing, Grandpa Nick hands down the map to his grandkids... Let the treasure hunt begin!
Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure was such an adventure. I would definitely have my son reading this when he grows up. This will be great for boys as well as girls because Hannah appeals to the girls point of view and keeps Scott and Huber in line! The characters were not at all too hard to adore. You will catch yourself rooting for the kids to get the treasure and solving riddles right along with them. Well written and fast paced. The only con I have would be the book cover. I know everyone has their own point of view of how characters look, but the kids don't look at all like the ones I have in my head lol Juan Hernan Salazar on the otherhand is right on the ball =)
A must MG read!