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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review: Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure

Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure
Author:  B.K. Bostick
Publisher:  Bonneville Books, an Imprint of Cedar Fort, Inc.
Copyright:  2011
Genre:  Juvenile Fiction
Pages:  256
Edition:  ARC (advanced reader's copy)

Source:  a copy was supplied by Cedar Fort, Inc. and the author for review.  This in no way influences my opinion nor requires a positive review.

On Sale:  October 2011

Available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble


(from the publisher's site) "When his grandfather dies, Huber Hill is devastated---until he opens Grandpa Nick's mysterious box. An old gold coin and directions to a hidden Spanish treasure send him and his friends off on an mind-blowing adventure, but he's not the only one on the hunt. Filled with dangerous animals and cryptic puzzles, this book will have you on the edge of your seat until the last page." 

My Review:  We are introduced to 15 year old Huber Hill in a classroom where he endures bullying from fellow classmates.  He is small for his age, brilliant at math, and tries to keep a low profile.  His twin sister, Hannah, on the other hand, excels at sports and is popular.  Huber reminds himself, 'let it slide off your back' with each insult and spit wad that comes his way.  

While school is rather unbearable, home isn't much better as his parents quarrel about finances. He often seeks refuge in his room, friendless, just trying to get by.  His only ally is his maternal grandfather, Grandpa Nick, a spunky elderly fellow, who lugs around with him his respirator, his medicine and his nurse/housekeeper while his tales of gold mines and hidden treasures stir the imaginations of the two grandchildren.  Huber's life dramatically changes when upon his grandfather's death, Huber and his sister Hannah, are bequeathed a small box of treasures including old letters, mementos, and a treasure map.  A map that proves the existence of a hidden Spanish treasure.  A map that may prove the truth of Grandpa Nick's tales.

Together with the most unlikely of friends, Scott McCormick, Huber and his sister, Hannah, endeavour to find the treasure, trekking through mountainous terrain amidst fearsome wild life, Spanish corpses and cryptic messages which they must decipher.  They find much more than they are looking for -  adventure, wild animals, and a most dangerous adversary. They go it alone, no one knows where they are, or do they?

B.K. Bostick writes a fast paced page turner in Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure.  The reader will cheer for the boy who makes an about face and takes on danger in his pursuit of the truth and treasure.  The book ends with such a cliff-hanger that you know the story will continue further, and that's a good thing.  This is one story where a series or at least another book is more than welcome!  I enthusiastically recommend this book to readers of the middle grade, junior high level.  If you are looking for adventure, you will definitely find it here!

I am participating in the virtual book tour for Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure hosted by Cedar Fort, Inc.  To see other participants' reviews of Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure, you may find the links to their reviews by visiting Huber Hill Tour at Cedar Fort Publishing, Inc.

Author's Mock Interview for Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure (link supplied by the author).  Enjoy:

******Join me tomorrow for a guest post written by none other than B.K. Bostick!!!******
Read about the inspiration behind Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure, discover how proceeds from  pre-orders of his novel will help an ailing child, and join him on Facebook for a chance to win!  
All in tomorrow's guest post!!

See the book trailer here.

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