The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck

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Can Bud and Laurie find the infamous Tutweiler Treasure before it's lost forever?

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Can Bud and Laurie find the infamous Tutweiler Treasure before it's lost forever?

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Kirkus Reviews
Laurie does not want to be a Tuckernuck Clucker. Her plan: Stay long enough to solve the puzzle posed by the school's founder, reap the promised treasure, then transfer to Hamilton Junior High. Laurie is embarrassed by the Clucker regalia (chicken hats!). Worse, she is paired as Gerbil Monitor with Bud, the outcast who had sugary treats banned from school. It is while chasing an escaped gerbil that Laurie and Bud discover the first clue in the 80-year-old challenge. While the premise is familiar, children will delight in the over-the-top treatment and fresh delivery. The third-person narration indulges the comical, self-involved dramas of preteens. Nor are Laurie and Bud especially interested in the clues' highbrow references. After asking a teacher about Keats, Laurie assures him: "No, it's fine, I don't need to study him." Readers also find tips from Laurie on "How to Elude a Persistent and Overeager English Teacher," which include "Make excuses and back away slowly." Other lists, notes and emails are interspersed throughout, providing more insight into the characters and background for the story. Most poignant is the relationship revealed between Bud and his father. That Laurie and Bud will solve the puzzle is a given. The real thrill is how the characters begin to discover and determine their own futures as they go through the process. A sure hit. (Mystery. 8-12)
Lisa Yee
“Whoa! Packed with plenty of humor, intrigue, and unexpected twists and turns, The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck kept me guessing until the very end.”
Adam Rex
“As fun and funny as it is mysterious!”
David Yoo
“Fans of The Westing Game will easily get wrapped up in this hilarious, delicious mystery full of surprises, but be warned: you’ll sorely wish you attended Tuckernuck after reading this...sigh.”
Mac Barnet
“The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck reminded me of a lot of my time in sixth grade, only with more mystery and treasure-hunting, and less benchwarming for the J.V. volleyball team.”
David Lubar
“Funny, smart, mysterious, and playful-read it or risk being tuckered out.”
Chris Rylander
“This book has everything: action, mystery, hilarity, and gerbils! What more do you need? Plus, it leaves you craving doughnuts for some reason.”
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Sixth-grader Laurie is miserable. Her parents have enrolled her in their alma mater, Tuckernuck Hall, which is falling apart and is about to be torn down by a vengeful school board. On top of that, her unfortunate classroom assignment is gerbil duty with the school social outcast, Bud, and everyone has to wear humiliating chicken hats for school assemblies. Laurie wants to transfer to Hamilton to be with her best friend, Kimmy, but her parents are fiercely loyal to the school and are convinced that the building has historical value and shouldn't be destroyed. Laurie distracts herself with decoding the puzzle the founder of the school created 80 years before. No one knows what the promised treasure is and no one's been able to unravel the clues. She ends up on a wild scavenger hunt with Bud, tracking down old items that hold famous poems, odd clues, and random letters leading them back to a chicken painting that began it all. But Hilda the chicken is not what she appears to be. Interspersed throughout the text are lists by Laurie and other classmates as well as email from school administrators, which give readers a window into what is happening behind the scenes. Bud and Laurie are well-developed characters, and the plot is fast paced and often funny. Readers are kept guessing about the treasure until the very end. A great read for fans of mystery or puzzles.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062118905
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 283
  • Sales rank: 292,208
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Fairlie grew up in Virginia and went to Tuckahoe Middle School, which has so far managed to escape the scandals that have plagued Tuckernuck Hall. She has been known to call on her little sister for backup and has witnessed firsthand the horror of bedazzling gone wrong. She now lives in Chicago with her dog, Binky.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013


    it was exciting and funny reccomend to any mystery book lovers out there.

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    Posted June 6, 2014

    Good adventure

    A funny book, full of mystery, mischief, and curious kids

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