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In this suspenseful and humorous story, three kids in Sandy Feet, Florida are determined to dig up the legendary buried treasure of the pirate Jean Lafitte. While on this adventure, they meet two comical gold prospectors who stumble off a freight train and realize Alaska is in the other direction. What happens next is hilarious and surprising. Adding up to much more than just a good yarn about searching for buried doubloons, this story has a strong learning to read value and includes the vocabulary, history, and geography of old time American pirates. The fictional tale is framed by a map, a word list, and a nonfiction report given by characters at the end of the story. A free Classroom Guide is available for download which provides an author-illustrator Q&A and a list of before and after reading activities.
About the Author
Doug Wilhelm is the author of numerous works of fiction focusing on issues and challenges of young adults. He is the author of "Prince of Denial," "The Revealers, " and "True Shoes." He lives in Weybridge, Vermont. Sarah-Lee Terrat is an illustrator who has worked in the design department of Ben & Jerry s and has illustrated for the "King Features" syndicate. Her artwork has been featured in "Print" "Magazine," "The New York Times," and "The Washington Post." She lives in Waterbury Center, Vermont."