I received a free copy of A Boy Called Duct Tape from the publisher for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this post.
About the Book:
Pablo Perez is a 12-year-old kid without much going for him. His classmates have dubbed him “Duct Tape” because his tattered discount-store sneakers are held together with…you guessed it, duct tape. He can’t escape the bullying.
Pablo’s luck begins to change after he finds a $20 gold coin while swimming with his sister in a river near their home. Pablo later buys a $1 treasure map at the county fair. The map shows the route to the “lost treasure” of the outlaw Jesse James. Pablo can’t help but wonder: Is there a link between the map and the gold coin?
He is determined to find out, and he, his 9-year-old sister, Pia, and 13-year-old cousin, Kiki, hire an ill-mannered cave guide, Monroe Huff, and begin a treacherous underground adventure in search of treasure. Their treasure hunt is made more perilous because they are being followed by the notorious Blood brothers, who want the treasure for themselves. The Blood brothers will stop at nothing to claim the treasure as their own.
About the Author:
Christopher Cloud began writing fiction full time after a long career in journalism and public relations. Cloud graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by a major oil company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency. Chris lives in Joplin, Missouri, and enjoys golf and hiking.
Pablo is a pre-teen living in the middle of nowhere with his widowed mother and younger sister, Pia. He is bullied at school because his family is poor but he handles it well until the bullies start on his sister. His cousin from the city is coming to visit and all he remembers about her is that she is stuck up. When Kiki arrives he is shocked at the difference 2 years can make! She also uses her street smarts to give some mouth back to those bullies!
Pablo finds a $20 gold piece while swimming and thinks it could be part of the missing Jesse James treasure that everyone believes is somewhere around but no one has ever been able to find. The three kids buy a treasure map at the annual fair and decide that maybe it’s not a fake as it has been thought to be. What follows is a truly entertaining novel written for young readers (8 -14) sure to keep them interested and entertained. Not to mention teach them a little bit along the way.
Despite the fact that the book is for younger readers I found myself engrossed in the tale of these three young explorers. I saw most of the twists and turns as will most adults but that didn’t keep me from enjoying the characters and their development. The book did end with a big surprise and I’m sure it will play into the next book planned featuring these three very grounded young people.
This would make an excellent Christmas gift, birthday gift, or any day gift for your young reader! The adventure is good and more importantly the lessons taught in the midst of the story are well delivered.
You can purchase A Boy Called Duct Tape on Amazon.com
Disclosure: I received a free copy of A Boy Called Duct Tape from the publisher for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this post.