Illustrator: R.C. Nason
This book was fun, and that is an important quality for getting middle grade students to read. It is set in the sea side town of Port Townsend, Washington. Five friends find and follow a treasure map which leads them on a adventure with odd and quirky characters including pirates.
Characters that are discovered on this path to finding the treasure include a one-legged junkyard man, a town bully, and even a creepy old man. Never fear, the adventure is fun, maybe a tad scary at times, and weaves baseball, treasure, and mishaps along the way to learning valuable life lessons for the five friends.
The text is easy to read for students and includes wonderful illustrations throughout that serve to enhance the storyline. It draws the reader into the story from the first page and that interest lasts until the very last paragraph.
Eric DelaBarre has done a great job with this book and I think the targeted reader will agree. Visit http://www.saltwatertaffybook.com/ for more information about this charming story.