Thursday, November 10, 2011

Captain Jack's Treasure

Author: Max Elliot Anderson
Publisher: Port Yonder Press
August 2011
ISBN: 978-1-935600-14-5
Genre: Juvenile fiction

Sam Butler lives right beside the ocean on the Treasure Coast of Florida. And all he has heard about since he moved there has been about the fabulous treasures that have been found—and those that are still waiting to be discovered.

Sam and his two friends are convinced they will be the next to find a big treasure. Especially when Sam is given a top of the line metal detector for his birthday. When they meet a crusty old sea captain named Jack, they’re told that Jack knows all there is to know about treasures. So the boys try to get to know Captain Jack.

Captain Jack has purchased an old boat that is hardly seaworthy. And he hires on Sam and his friends to help him fix up the boat. The three boys dream of going out treasure hunting on Captain Jack’s boat…but what is Captain Jack’s secret he seems to be hiding/ And does he really know anything about treasures?

CAPTAIN JACK’S TREASURE is book two in the Sam Cooper Adventure series by Max Elliot Anderson. Mr. Anderson is an adventure writer for boys—especially boys that are reluctant readers. I can vouch that his books make reluctant readers sit up and take notice—and that they will read these books from cover to cover. I had two reluctant readers when they were young, and now both of these boys are in college and they both still enjoy Mr. Anderson’s books. My oldest son tells me, “They’re exciting, Mom.” And my youngest son says, “These are books that once you start them you can’t put them down, you have to keep reading.”

I read this book for purpose of review, and it is a very exciting story. The boys are looking for fun and adventure, and they find it. Not only that, but Captain Jack is full of tales of pirates and treasures and phantoms haunting ships and lighthouses.

CAPTAIN JACK’S TREASURE is a book that will appeal to juvenile boys and older. Girls will like these books too. If you have a reluctant reader, be sure to pick up any of Max Elliot Anderson’s books. You’ll be glad you did. Instructions are included tying sailors’ knots. $9.95. 177 pages.

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