Saltwater Taffy

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Endorsed by Teachers of the Year around the country, Eric DelaBarre’s Saltwater Taffy follows the lives of five friends as they uncover a treasure map that once belonged to the ruthless New Orleans pirate, Jean Lafitte. The discovery thrusts them from one treasure hunting adventure to the next as they try to out-wit, out-think and out-maneuver everyone from the one-legged junk-yard man and an overbearing town bully, to the creepy old man living at the top of the hill. Saltwater Taffy is a raceto-the-finish ...
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Overview


Endorsed by Teachers of the Year around the country, Eric DelaBarre’s Saltwater Taffy follows the lives of five friends as they uncover a treasure map that once belonged to the ruthless New Orleans pirate, Jean Lafitte. The discovery thrusts them from one treasure hunting adventure to the next as they try to out-wit, out-think and out-maneuver everyone from the one-legged junk-yard man and an overbearing town bully, to the creepy old man living at the top of the hill. Saltwater Taffy is a raceto-the-finish adventure that grabs the reader and never lets go.
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Editorial Reviews

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TEACHERS OF THE YEAR AGREE!

“A perfect read for the summer. A wonderful, fun-filled adventure for all ages!”

—Sharon F. Andrews
2003 Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence
2006-2007 PTA Life Achievement Award
2008 South Dakota Teacher of the Year

“It is rare in this day and age to find a book delivering a powerful message to young people that is not only exciting to read, but uplifting and inspiring as well. Saltwater Taffy delivers!”

—Carol Shultz
Masters of Education National Board Certified Teacher
2008 Idaho Teacher of the Year

“An intriguing adventure that both a fantasy-loving grandmother and her fifteen-year-old grandson can enjoy together.”

—Tamara Steen
2005 USA Today’s All-USA Teacher Team
2005 Washington State Teacher of the Year
2005 National Teacher of the Year Finalist

“After reading the page-turning excitement of Saltwater Taffy, I couldn’t wait to recommend it to one of my best friends, my 9-year-old stepson, Flynt.

—Phillip Palmer
Anchor, ABC News, Los Angeles

“A wonderful book for reluctant readers—pirates, treasure maps, and a coming of age story that perfectly captures the heroic struggles of adolescence. What’s not to love?”

—Josh Anderson
2007 Kansas Debate Teacher of the Year
2007 Kansas Teacher of the Year
2007 National Teacher of the Year, Finalist

“Pirates, adventure and treasure! Saltwater Taffy is a rockin’ good time. Aarrggghhhh!

—Alan Sitomer
2007 California Teacher of the Year

“Friendships, bad guys, and pirate treasure - what more could a young reader want! Readers will enjoy Saltwater Taffy so much, they won’t even realize they are learning some great life lessons.”

—Paul Frick
Licensed Psychologist
Professor of Psychology and Chair, University of New Orleans
Editor, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

“Packed with adventure and intrigue, this story is about a treasure hunt that leads to one of the most important discoveries of all — what really matters in life. It is a journey about self-discovery, friendships and transformations.”

—Beth Ekre
2009 North Dakota Teacher of the Year

“Saltwater Taffy awakens the true spirit of adventure in each of us.”

—Michael Flynn, M.Ed.
Educational Consultant
2008 NEA Teaching Award for Excellence Finalist
2008 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year

“Saltwater Taffy is more than a great read. Saltwater Taffy is SAWEET.”

—Aaron Young
President, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica

“Saltwater Taffy is a pure joy to read and explore. It feels like a field trip to Treasure Island with the Goonies. It’s a great inspirational adventure for young minds and those still young at heart.”

—Keil E. Hileman
2008 U.S. Department of Education Teacher and Ambassador Fellow
2007 Daughters of American Revolution National Outstanding Teacher
2004 National Education Association Horseman Teacher of Excellence
2004 Kansas Teacher of the Year
2004 National Teacher of the Year Finalist

“A fun, family story for the adventurous reader. Pirates, mischief and real friendships make Saltwater Taffy a home run read!"

—Mike Batesole
Head Baseball Coach, Fresno State University
2008 NCAA National Champions

“A fast-paced story that ‘hooks’ readers from page one. Kids will find they want to turn the page to see what happens next rather than turn on the television. I loved it.”

—Ashley Ladd
2009 Team Up For Youth Phillips Fellow Recipient
2009 Academic All-WAC honoree
San Jose State University Scholar-Athlete & Dean’s Scholar

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Thirteen-year-old Scott Martin wants to find the pirate treasure hidden many years ago somewhere in his town. Clues and pieces of a map are revealed near the 4th of July each year. Scott and his friends figure out the latest clue but others are also hot on the trail so they must out think, out smart, and out run some devious foes. Members of a rival baseball team, a strange hermit living in a haunted house, and a one-legged junkyard owner present obstacles and challenges as the friends dash from one adventure to another. The story is frequently interrupted with Scott's self conscious thoughts about who he is and what he is doing. Some of these musings and metaphors do not ring true for a 13 year-old. Putting sugarcoated candies on a large nail is compared to "a bartender skewering olives," for instance. Many chapters have a "Treasure Tip" at the end encouraging readers to develop their own strengths, such as "If you want to be great, first you have to think great thoughts." In case readers miss the didactic messages throughout the story, an afterward chapter reiterates the theme admonishing readers to take charge of their own lives and develop their potential abilities. The book could possibly be used in instructional settings to explore issues of self esteem. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972357807
  • Publisher: Seven Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 470,209
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Eric DelaBarre is an award winning filmmaker, speaker, and most recently, a ghostwriter for Random House/Harmony Books. Eric began his career with Dick Wolf on NBC’s mega-hit drama Law & Order, and has worked with 20th Century Fox, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Universal Studios and Lions Gate Films. His work has been sold around the world and showcased on HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz/Encore, USA Network, and NBC. Eric is also the past-president of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica Council.

R.C. Nason, a professional artist for more than 20 years, is the recipient of the Hans Christian Anderson Award for Thumbelina. He has worked with companies such as Harper Collins, Hallmark, 20th Century Fox and Sony, to name but a few.

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Read an Excerpt

“What’s that?” I said, directing our attention to a sliver
of light coming from behind a bookcase. Moving closer, we
scanned the large, built-in bookcase.

“Shut your flashlights off!” Zippy ordered.
One by one, our flashlights winked off. Moving in
closer, we discovered there was a light source coming
from behind the bookcase itself. Before we could register
the discovery before us, a rustling sound erupted from the
hallway.
“Did you hear that?” Zippy said.
The rustling sound was undeniable, because everybody
had heard it this time.
“See, I told you!” Jaq said in a loud whisper. “What the
heck is it?”
Quickly rising from our huddle in front of the bookcase,
Gary and Zippy entered the hallway to investigate. Not
to be left behind, Jaq latched onto my arm and we slowly
followed behind them. With each step, the old wooden
floor creaked from our combined weight, and the shadows
of the room seemed to dance in our imagination. I was
not sure if it was the fear of this unknown sound rushing
through me, but I could feel my senses begin to heighten.
The dusty smell of the living room intensified, and I could
feel my heart beating into my fingertips.
My eyes focused into the long hallway, where a light
from under a mysterious door bled into the soupy darkness
before us. Gary and Zippy were nodding back and forth to
each other to see who wanted to go first. Of course, each
thought the other should proceed, but when a shadow
passed in front of the light, everyone stiffened with fear.
“Someone’s here!” Zippy whispered in a panic-filled
rush of adrenalin.
As we turned to make a run for it, a rock suddenly
shattered the living room window into a million pieces.
Shards of broken glass fell to the hardwood floor like a
tipped-over box of Rice Krispies.
Jimmy’s face popped into the open window frame, filled
with undeniable terror.
“HE’S HOME!”
The rumble of the old pickup grew louder as it pulled
into the driveway.
“HIDE!”
“HIDE? RUN!” Gary ordered as he raced out of the
hallway and dove through the open window, followed
quickly by Jaq and Zippy. I went back for Old Man
Sheesley’s notebook about our baseball games. I wanted
to find out what he’d written about us, but when I dashed
around the edge of the couch, I ran right into a side table
and went down hard. The leather notebook slid from my
hands and pages flew into the air like confetti. Looking up,
I saw the doorknob of the back door beginning to turn. I
was trapped. Trapped like a rat in a cage with no way out.

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Table of Contents


CONTENTS

ONE
The Death of the Great Pirate - 1

TWO
Barataria Bay - 5

THREE
Summer Reading - 8

FOUR
The Fort - 16

FIVE
Flippity-Flappity - 22

SIX
A Closer Look - 30

SEVEN
The Meaning - 38

EIGHT
X Marks the Spot - 44

NINE
The Mystery Box - 52

TEN
Our Faded Glory - 58

ELEVEN
The Sky Is Falling - 66

TWELVE
Busted - 72

THIRTEEN
An Empty Vessel - 78

FOURTEEN
Playyyy Ball - 83

FIFTEEN
Don’t Stop Believing - 92

SIXTEEN
The Caddy - 98

SEVENTEEN
Shattered Glass - 110

EIGHTEEN
Dripping with Blood - 119

NINETEEN
A Different Man - 127

TWENTY
The Secret Room - 134

TWENTY-ONE
Stowaways - 146

TWENTY-TWO
Running Like the Wind - 154

TWENTY-THREE
A Bridge Too Far - 163

TWENTY-FOUR
The Great Fall(s) - 171

TWENTY-FIVE
The Betrayal - 177

TWENTY-SIX
Trapped - 182

TWENTY-SEVEN
The Long and Winding Road Home - 190

TWENTY-EIGHT
Returning - 195

TWENTY-NINE
The Hunt - 203

THIRTY
A Sticky Situation - 210

THIRTY-ONE
The Cooties - 219

THIRT-TWO
One Last Try - 224

THIRTY-THREE
A Game to Remember - 232

THIRTY-FOUR
Making Contact - 239

THIRTY-FIVE
A Final Word - 249

About the Author - 255

About the Illustrator - 256

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First Chapter

Saltwater Taffy

A Novel of Adventure and Self-Discovery
By Eric DelaBarre

Seven Publishing

Copyright © 2011 Eric DelaBarre
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780972357807


"What’s that?” I said, directing our attention to a sliver
of light coming from behind a bookcase. Moving closer, we
scanned the large, built-in bookcase.

"Shut your flashlights off!” Zippy ordered.
One by one, our flashlights winked off. Moving in
closer, we discovered there was a light source coming
from behind the bookcase itself. Before we could register
the discovery before us, a rustling sound erupted from the
hallway.
"Did you hear that?” Zippy said.
The rustling sound was undeniable, because everybody
had heard it this time.
"See, I told you!” Jaq said in a loud whisper. "What the
heck is it?”
Quickly rising from our huddle in front of the bookcase,
Gary and Zippy entered the hallway to investigate. Not
to be left behind, Jaq latched onto my arm and we slowly
followed behind them. With each step, the old wooden
floor creaked from our combined weight, and the shadows
of the room seemed to dance in our imagination. I was
not sure if it was the fear of this unknown sound rushing
through me, but I could feel my senses begin to heighten.
The dusty smell of the living room intensified, and I could
feel my heart beating into my fingertips.
My eyes focused into the long hallway, where a light
from under a mysterious door bled into the soupy darkness
before us. Gary and Zippy were nodding back and forth to
each other to see who wanted to go first. Of course, each
thought the other should proceed, but when a shadow
passed in front of the light, everyone stiffened with fear.
"Someone’s here!” Zippy whispered in a panic-filled
rush of adrenalin.
As we turned to make a run for it, a rock suddenly
shattered the living room window into a million pieces.
Shards of broken glass fell to the hardwood floor like a
tipped-over box of Rice Krispies.
Jimmy’s face popped into the open window frame, filled
with undeniable terror.
"HE’S HOME!”
The rumble of the old pickup grew louder as it pulled
into the driveway.
"HIDE!”
"HIDE? RUN!” Gary ordered as he raced out of the
hallway and dove through the open window, followed
quickly by Jaq and Zippy. I went back for Old Man
Sheesley’s notebook about our baseball games. I wanted
to find out what he’d written about us, but when I dashed
around the edge of the couch, I ran right into a side table
and went down hard. The leather notebook slid from my
hands and pages flew into the air like confetti. Looking up,
I saw the doorknob of the back door beginning to turn. I
was trapped. Trapped like a rat in a cage with no way out.

Continues...

Excerpted from Saltwater Taffy by Eric DelaBarre Copyright © 2011 by Eric DelaBarre. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    A Must Read

    This book is wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated which can be enjoyed by all ages. Positive messages and life lessons abound throughout the book. Take yourself and your kids on a great adventure. Highly recommend!

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Highly Recommended - Your tween will love it......

    My daughter could not put the book down. She LOVED it. This is a must have in any book lovers collection.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    Highly Recommend - An insipirational book for tweens!

    This book is extremely well written and beautifully illustrated. It's the kind of book that any tween will love -- boys and girls alike. Has something for everybody, but most importantly, offers great values and ideals. Give this book as a gift -- the recipient will be captivated, fascinated and grateful to you forever!

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    i really like this book

    i really like this book

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    Posted July 3, 2012

    Fan

    Omg i got his signaturr. The auothor i mean. He came to my scool @ sighed my planner!

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    Luv it

    Luv because it is based in a small town

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2011

    Highly Recommended - Saweet!

    We can't wait to participate in the 500 word continuation of the story competition!!! We are so excited to see what happens next!!

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