Every now and then an opportunity comes along that is a little different to what we normally publish here on ‘A String of Pearls’. I jumped at the chance to read and review

‘Gasparilla’s Treasure’ has all the key ingredients for a rollicking adventure: a hidden trunk, family stories of a Pirate’s treasure, a determined grandfather, a more determined grandson with loyal friends and the journey of a lifetime. All this and more will engage young readers.

Reading as an adult I was, at first unsure if I could handle a young character named Trip, but as events unfolded it seemed to suit ‘Pappy’s grandson’ rather well.

The writing is so effective that I found myself seeing what I was reading.

I’m not sure how I feel about Trip’s mom only being know as ‘Mom’ however since she is never cast in more than the parental role, that may well be a discussion for another time.

Filled with adventure, drama and suspenseful anticipation the book is a fast paced read.

As we neared the climax I half expected Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones or Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow to arrive. They did not.

Trip and his two friends, plus the bully Eli – who gets what all bullies deserve – manage quite well on their own.

Mom arrives after the fact but in time to…well perhaps I ought not say.

Get the book, grab your kids and share in this wonderful adventure. Sure, they might think reading is a bit old-fashioned, but Scott Clements has written such a visual tale they will likely not even notice the lack of a screen.

All of which begs the question: will there be an App game of Gasparilla’s Treasure?  I can almost see it….

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Scott Clements is a two-time Emmy nominated sound mixer in the movie and television industry. After writing various movie scripts and the popular textbook “Production Sound, A Beginner’s Guide to Equipment and Techniques”, Scott turned his attention to writing his favorite type of book, children’s fiction. His first book, “Gasparilla’s Treasure” is an adaptation of one of his movie scripts.

Born in 1972, Scott grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and currently lives in Orlando with his wife, son, dog, and three cats. Writing mostly late at night when there are fewer distractions, he enjoys using his laptop computer so he can have his four-legged family members by his side.

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