A Boy Called Duct Tape

A Boy Called Duct Tape

by Christopher Cloud


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A Boy Called Duct Tape by Christopher Cloud

Pablo Perez is a 12-year-old poor kid without much going for him. His classmates have dubbed him "Duct Tape" because his tattered discount-store sneakers are held together with...you guessed it, duct tape. He can't escape the bullying. Pablo's luck, however, changes after he finds a $20 gold coin while swimming in a river near his home. Pablo later buys a $1 treasure map at the county fair. The map shows the route to the "lost treasure" of Jesse James. Pablo can't help but wonder: Is there a link between the map and the gold coin? He is determined to find out, and he, his 9-year-old sister and 13-year-old cousin hire an ill-mannered cave guide, and begin a treacherous underground adventure in search of treasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781470006334
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/06/2012
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Christopher Cloud began writing fiction full time after a long career in journalism and public relations. Cloud graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by a major oil company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency. He created the board game Sixth Sense in 2003. Chris lives in Joplin, Missouri, and enjoys golf and hiking.

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A Boy Called Duct Tape 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
R_The_Tabb More than 1 year ago
Where is the 4 3/4 star rating? First, Cloud can really write. He takes the reader on an exciting adventure with engaging characters, despicable bad guys, plenty of plot twists, and a twinge of mystery at a page-turning pace. The title probably doesn't do the book any help and definitely doesn't paint the whole story. But "An Amazingly Awesome Adventure That Everyone Should Read" would seem a little arrogant. From chapter 3 until almost the end of the story, I would consider this one of my all-time favorite books. However, there were two parts about how the story wrapped (or wasn't) that left me frowning at the end instead of pumping my fist and running around the block like I was assuming it would. The same thing happened to me when I read Airman. Nevertheless, I'd recommend (and have) this book to other readers and hope Cloud writes another one soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it really that good!?!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect book for middle school young adults but even a child at heart will love this debut novel! What child wouldn't dream of some day unearthing the possibility of buried treasure within the mountains near where you live? Sounds like an adventure for the Goonies or a young version of Indiana Jones, right? Well in the debut novel from Christopher Cloud, A Boy Called Duct Tape, provides middle school children with an incredible story from the first page. Even though it's a young adult book, I personally LOVED it! Pablo Perez is tired. Tired of being bullied and tired of being poor. Watching his mother work so hard for barely minimum wage and his younger sister Pia hobbling on a bad leg due to an accident that claimed the life of their father and left Pia without the proper care for her to mend. Thanks to no insurance at the time! Not only that, his mom has asked him to be careful with his Wal-Mart sneakers to make sure that they last the entire duration of high school because times are hard. Pablo has solved that problem and just adds another new layer of duct tape to keep them from falling apart. Yet that has brought him into the focus of your local high school bullies that insist on calling him duct tape because of his shoes and he's so poor, he can't afford another pair. Seeking refuge from the heat of the day, Pablo and Pia, head to James Creek to skip stones. The best ones however lay at the bottom of Harper's Hole, a crystal clear, 20-foot deep pit in the middle of the creek. When Pia is unable to swim to the bottom for a stone, Pablo offers to get her one. When he comes to the surface instead of a rock in his hand, he discovers he holds an 1879 $20.00 gold coin. Knowing old coins can be worth a lot of money, he sets out to discover the value of this coin. What he discovers is that it could be worth $6250 dollars, more than enough money to help his mom and buy a new pair of sneakers. Is it possible that the legend of the Lost Treasure of Jesse James lies waiting to be discovered? Is there more gold buried at the bottom of Harper's Hole? For that, you'll have to pick up a copy of this amazing book. I received A Boy Called Duct Tape compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and Christopher Cloud for my honest review. I literally inhaled this one in a couple of hours, it was simply that great. I was flipping pages as fast as I could read them because once this one takes hold of you, it will literally hold your attention to the very end. Once I finished it, I told my 13-year-old daughter about it and she snatched this one away from me with a sparkle in her eye and a smile on her face. I would rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and think this debut author is off to a stellar start. I can only hope that there will so much more out by him soon!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is hands down one of the best adventure stories I've read, and as a writer of middle-grade novels myself, I have read quite a few. It is truly action-packed, with none of the corny pandering to young readers that we so often find in works for young readers. The characters were real, and the situation, as far fetched as it is, was incredibly realistic. This was a treasure hunt, adventure story, and survival tale all rolled into one, and it was well done! I didn't want to put it down to go to work. By the author of "It All Started with a Bicycle"
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Want a good old-fashioned adventure tale, in a modern kid’s world, with real characters and scenes that leap from the page to an imaginary movie screen as you read the words? Christopher Cloud’s A Boy Called Duct Tape is all this and more. No, the young hero with duct-taped shoes doesn’t suddenly become a magician or superman. He doesn’t learn to change the world, or even change his school. He doesn’t start wearing designer labels. He’s just a kid, with a sister and a cousin, and a mother who works too hard to make ends meet, and a secret swimming hole. When Pablo finds a gold coin at the bottom of their local river, in Jamesville, Missouri, he wonders if it might buy a few meals perhaps. But the gold is real, and soon he’s wondering if a treasure map might be real too. Convincing an adult to guide his exploration could pose problems, but Pabo, Pia and Kiki are sensible enough not to venture into underground caves alone. And this is a sensible book, where a teacher might tell her student the meaning of numismatology (the study of old coins), and an explorer might list wise accessories for their trip. Pablo’s voice is pleasingly youthful and real. His narration fills the story with vibrant good humor. And the whole book is one genuinely delightful adventure, with real scares, real threats, real betrayals, and real surprises. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m sure middle-grade readers will be quickly hooked. Disclosure: I was given a free copy with a request for my honest review. I honestly loved it!
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Did I enjoy this book: I loved this book. I read it every free chance I had and didn’t put it down until the very end. This was such a fun read. It had the boy who was different from his classmates, not a geek or anything “typical.” Pablo’s family just didn’t have a lot of money and some of the other kids, one in particular made fun of him. Pablo didn’t feel bad for himself or his family, he just went about his business. One day his luck changed, and he, his sister, and their cousin found themselves on the adventure of their lives. They were swindled, determined, and brave. I loved that Pablo’s first thought was to help his mom. I loved that Pablo wanted to protect his little sister but didn’t want to hold her back. I loved that the popular cousin had no problem hanging out with her cousins in their very small town and embarking on this crazy quest. Monroe was fantastic. He took a chance on these kids. I think he just wanted to teach them about spelunking, but I think he was hopeful as well. All-in-all, this was a fantastic read that really surprised me. I thought it would be okay for me and geared more towards the younger crowd. Well, it was more than okay for me. It was wonderful. Would I recommend it: Absolutely! Will I read it again: I will when it is time for my boys to read it. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
While the story was interesting and had a little bit of history in it, I, overall, found the book to be aggravating and predictable.
HawkeyesJMG More than 1 year ago
A Boy Called Duct Tape was a fun read. As a former teacher, I truly think it would be a hit with “middlers.” It has believable characters in Pablo, Pia, and Kiki—who get themselves involved in quite the adventure—that of searching for a lost treasure. The action, mystery, and suspense of this book make it an interesting read. The fact that there are tidbits of history thrown in is always a good thing. After setting this book aside, I still can pick it up and put myself right back into various locations from the book…meaning Author Christopher Cloud did a great job with creating the scenes in the story. I’m glad I had the opportunity to read this book, and would highly recommend it for kids looking for a great adventure story.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that A Boy Called Duct Tape by Christopher Cloud is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells you that this book is well worth your time and money!
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
I don't know where to start! It was that good! A Boy Called Duct Tape is the adventure story of three children and a rather mysterious spelunker/hermit who go in search of the hidden treasures of the infamous outlaws Jesse and Frank James, told through the eyes of a twelve year old boy. Pablo Perez and his younger sister, Pia haven't had the best of lives so far. Their shoes are held together with duct tape. Their widowed mom works hard, but there just isn't enough money to go around. Of course, this makes Pablo the brunt of the cruelty of his classmates. He dreams of making things better for his family, including surgery to correct Pia's leg injuries. What started as an amazing find in a local swimming hole becomes an adventure many kids can only dream about! Searching for the perfect 'skipper' stone for Pia, Pablo discovers an old gold coin, worth a fortune! When Pablo's cousin, Kiki, comes for a visit at the start of summer vacation, the kids buy a map to the treasure, engage the help of a seasoned spelunker who at first, is a little crusty, eccentric and scary. Monroe turns out to be the best guide ever! Aside from the adventure, this is a warm story of dreams coming true! I highly recommend this for ALL readers looking for a feel-good read, but this is an especially good 'for boys' read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
djv More than 1 year ago
I received this review copy and was intrigued by the title, A Boy Called Duct Tape. Too poor to have new sneakers, Pablo keeps his together with duct tape. We soon learn that his riches are his moral values . This is a great read for kids age 8 to 14. Full of mystery and adventure, it also covers a few of life’s lessons that we should all know. There are elements of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, but with a twist. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago