Treasure at Lure Lake

Treasure at Lure Lake

by S. L. Schwarz


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ISBN-13: 9781462117901
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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Treasure at Lure Lake 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The campers in Treasure at Lure Lake are a little more intrepid than I am. Jack and Bryce are taking some time to really rough it with their grandpa up in the mountains of Colorado as they hike to the rather primitive cabin that's been in the family for generations. Jack and Bryce argue back and forth like brothers do--Ms. Schwarz definitely captures the tone of sibling relationships! This seemingly simple trip is beset by some rather traumatic incidents, testing the bond between the brothers, and Bryce's curiosity leads to the discovery of a devastating family secret. But what could be a very heavy story is redeemed by Ms. Schwarz' deft writing and light tone--she completely captures what it is to be a young adolescent, still full of wonder and innocence, as well as a young man who is struggling between adolescence and imminent manhood. Also, although she takes her story seriously, none of the distressing events were overwhelming or too intense to read. In fact, I found it hard to put the book down. With an excellent use of foreshadowing and great character motivations, the story moved forward quickly and I ate it up. This is a great book for middle graders who appreciate life's more serious situations and can open up some excellent opportunities for discussion. I'm glad to have had the chance to read it. ***I was given an ARC for an honest review.***
Strovis 5 months ago
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I wanted to read outside of my usual genres in 2018 (and will expand this goal in 2019), and the author has a supportive presence in the writing community on Twitter. So! I was pleasantly surprised. The story's audience is intended to be families with young boys (specifically, outdoorsy, adventurous types), which is a little bit not me. But I've been around a lot of boys in my day, and I loved how Schwartz depicts their good hearts. Yes, they like their phones and games, they pick on each other and roughhouse and tease, and they are hungry ALL the time. But they also worry about what their parents think and love their brothers with the same pure love we all have for our siblings, and hunger to have returned. This was really nice to see on the page; it's rare these days - and makes me ache for boys who have to grow up hard because they're not allowed to remain tender. There is an overtly spiritual thread to the story; maybe prospective readers should know that going in. But I didn't find it heavy-handed at all and I'm sensitive to that sort of thing. Schwartz avoids even a hint of proselytizing, and (very fairly) shows other characters' skepticism about religious experiences. I think it might appeal to doubters and believers alike. Overall, though, it's a really nice family story. I could see myself curling up with a kid (or a group of kids) and sharing it together. Although there are some gripping scenes it's not wildly suspenseful, and the surprise ending is pretty apparent to adult readers early on, but it's a middle grade book, y'all. I think kid readers will be intrigued by the wild camping (most kids have NO experience with this, and that's tragic) and the family dynamics. Get it for yourselves and/or gift it to your kid's classroom or library!
MichelleAH More than 1 year ago
Treasure at Lure Lake is an exciting, fast-paced book with lots of heart. The adventure is a page-turner that would appeal to young survivalists, scouts, and kids who love camping, as well as anyone who's ever had a hard time seeing eye-to-eye with a sibling. The two brothers struggle with their relationship while struggling to survive, all with a backdrop of family secrets and drama and the lure of a treasure map. It packs so much in a quick read. Such a fun book!
MsVerbose More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. What a great book! When Bryce and Jack head out on a camping trip with their grandfather, things are a mess. Grandpa's got a hurt knee. Jack's got a hurt soul. Bryce just wants to fix everything by being good. Except he has a secret. A treasure map that he found in his grandpa's attic. A treasure map that he kind of stole. Ms. Schwarz did not spare her characters one whit on this journey! They go through some pretty harsh things, and all of those things lead to one major catastrophe. I read this on a plane ride, and I was NOT happy when the flight ended and I had to put it away. What I loved most about this book was how it portrayed secrets. Secrets that were never meant to be secrets, but that ended up tearing a family apart. No one was meant to suffer alone, and I love how this book deals with that. Sometimes, talking about the things that hurt are the only way to survive.
QuinnenDonnelly More than 1 year ago
When Bryce leaves for a camping trip in the Rocky Mountains with his teenage older brother Jake and Grandpa, his secret hope is that the supposed treasure map he found in Grandpa's attic will lead him to treasure. But nothing in their hiking adventure is going as planned, as Bryce and Jake constantly squabble over everything and nothing. When the unthinkable happens, both brothers are forced to come to terms with their complicated feelings toward each other. In its just under 200 pages, this book is jam-packed with adventure. With lots of appeal for reluctant readers, who will relate to Bryce's struggles with his older brother, this one has a built in audience: Boy Scouts! (And Gary Paulsen fans.) My Eagle Scout brother would have loved this as a kid. Chapters written from Jake's and Bryce's POVs allow windows into the two boys' self-perception and their jealousy over the perception of the other's golden child status. I love the way Schwartz captures the fraught nature of brotherhood. A thrilling read. Not for the faint of heart!
MGReader More than 1 year ago
What a charming and fun adventure! Two brothers get pulled into a mystery surrounding an old treasure map during a camping trip with their grandfather. Told in dual perspectives, the book really captures the differences between the two boys, and illustrates their very believable relationship. I especially enjoyed all the great outdoor scenes — this book will be a favorite for kids who love camping. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.