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Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt

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by Eunice Geil Smith

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Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
Maggie finds an old journal in the cellar. The journal turns out to be her great-grandpa's journal, which was written while the North and the South were fighting in the Civil War. Maggie learns all kinds of secrets (such as that there is a secret place hidden somewhere in the old house), but she also learns more about her family and their decision to be peaceful Mennonites. When Maggie's friend Sam becomes the butt of a cruel joke, Maggie decides to tell a lie that will get back at the cruel schoolmate; nevertheless, things become more complicated when an eavesdropper gets involved. This book has the bones of a historical treasure hunt, while dropping moral didacticism along the way. For example, at the end of the story Maggie's father declares, "Doing what you believe is the right thing can be very hard...some people will never understand why we believe that killing in a war is wrong." Although this story has great potential, readers who are used to more action will not care for the slow and sometimes forced plotline.

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5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Treasure Hunt 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
It is 1959, and eleven-year-old Maggie Driver, a sixth grader, lives with her father John, mother Hannah, younger sister Elizabeth, and baby sister Sarah on an isolated farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Great-aunt Margaret lives in the other half of the house. One winter’s day, Maggie plays a joke on her napping father by putting snow down his shirt. While hiding from him in the crawl space of the cellar, she finds an old syrup can containing a diary written during the Civil War by first her great-great-grandfather and then her great-grandfather, both named Joseph Treiber. It mentions a secret hiding place and implies there might be a treasure. With the help of her neighbor and friend Sam Rhodes, Maggie secretly begins looking for it. Will she find it? And what might the treasure be? This book, which was first recommended to me in Home School Digest magazine, contains a lot of interesting historical information about Union General Philip Sheridan’s 1864 raid on the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War and the hardships that it caused the residents. Yet, there is much more. Maggie also learns some important lessons as she sees firsthand the trouble caused by spreading false rumors and the dangers of seeking revenge. And all of this is found in a fast-paced story that is filled with suspense and intrigue. The Drivers are Mennonites, as were their ancestors, so there are references to the Mennonite Church as a “peace church” characterized by “non-resistance” and “pacifism.” Not all Bible believers agree with this position, but it is an important historical fact, and those who may disagree should still respect their convictions. Treasure Hunt is a fun and creative mystery.