When Jazmine and Jason's younger brother's bike gets stolen, they team up to compete in a treasure hunt TV competition so they can use the prize money to replace it. But when they realize they have different strengths and different competing styles, the treasure hunt becomes more challenging than they ever imagined. Will they be able to work together long enough to take home the prize?
About the Author
Nikki Shannon Smith is from Oakland, California, but she now lives in the Central Valley with her husband and two children. She has worked in elementary education for more than 25 years, and writes everything from picture books to young adult novels.
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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.