|The Lost Treasure of Captain Kidd
written by Peter Lourie
Tales of pirates' treasure are real to Killian and his friend Alex, who set off on a hunt for gold doubloons buried by Captain Kidd, the notorious pirate who stashed his loot in the Hudson Highlands when his ship went down in a storm 300 years ago. Spurred on by Killian's recurring dream of the ghostly pirate pointing the way to the gold, the boys desperately try to keep one step ahead of Cruger, a crazed treasure hunter whose cave they discover on haunted Bannerman's Island. Even the prospect of meeting the huge ghost dog who guards Kidd's treasure isn't enough to stop Killian in his quest, as his pirate dream fast becomes a nightmare..
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“A wonderful book. I couldn't put it down!” (Jean Craighead George, author of My Side of the Mountain and Julie of the Wolves)
“The setting is skillfully described in this deliberately paced adventure story. There is also ample evidence to support the connection of Kidd to the region, although this exposition is imposed on rather than integrated into the story. Killian actually conducts a lecture, even insisting that Alex take notes, which are printed, textbook style, to give readers the necessary factual background. Killian himself is a complex and not particularly admirable character. He recklessly endangers both his friend and himself, and, in the end, his obsession proves stronger than his sense of loyalty. A book with regional appeal for readers who like lots of historical detail.” (School Library Journal)
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