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Fiction Ages 7-9
Pages: 64
Themes: Camping, getting lost, hidden treasure
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/05/2009
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Jake and his younger brother Tommy are on their first camping trip. While exploring in the woods on Marsh Island, they lose their way. When the boys start to feel like they're not the only ones wandering in the woods, they begin to wonder if the story their dad told them about old Alfred Marsh and his lost fortune is true.

CM Magazine - April 30, 2010
"Fast-paced and highly enjoyable. The novel is full of suspense, and readers are kept on the edge of their seats to the end…A recommended purchase for public and school libraries."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - January 1, 2010
"A genuinely suspenseful transitional chapter book that will appeal to those readers who love to be scared."
Resource Links - October 1, 2009
"Just enough surprise, lots of action, extensive lively dialogue, and a combination of compelling plot points make this an enjoyable and lively read for youngsters."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - July 21, 2009
"A chapter book with just the right amount of adventure for boys ages seven to ten."


Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2009 | Commended
South Australia Premier's Reading Challenge selection  | 2010 | Commended
CCBC Best Books  | 2010 | Commended
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year  | 2010 | Commended


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