Alexis Tappendorf is about to be abandoned in Virginia for the summer by her parens, George and Jenny. They're leaving for a mysterious job they can't tell anyone about. What is even worst is that they are dropping Alexis off with Great Aunt Mae, a woman in her 70's that Alexis has never met!
Upon arriving in Virginia, Alexis discovers that for the last hundred years the townspeople of Summervale and Bedford County have been searching for a lost treasure buried somewhere in the area by a man named Thomas J. Beale. The only clues to finding the fortune are in the form of cryptograms, codes that, when properly translated, tell the exact location of the treasure.
Their biggest problem...the Woodmores!
Great Aunt Mae receives Alexis with open arms in to her quirky home and is a comfort and stability Alexis needs in her life. She gently encourages Alexis to use her own curiosity to solve something that seems totally improbable.
Alexis is joined by her new found friend Olivia on a journey that will not only seal their friendship forever but also change their families lives permanently. Alexis and Olivia use the "Command Center" also known as Alexis' bedroom to figure out clues left by Thomas Beale.
Olivia's father, a treasure hunter in his own right, will also be a key to helping the two young treasure seekers.
Working together they begin to find the cryptograms and piece together the mystery. Their biggest issue is the Woodmores who have for years laid claim to the treasure. They will stop at nothing to find the treasure, even so far as falsely putting Alexis and Olivia in jail and more!
Will Alexis and Olivia manage to find the treasure before the Woodmores or will the treasure be lost forever? Will their families be spared the hardships they are currently enduring? What about Alexis' parents and their mysterious trip?
All these questions and more are answered in this book.
Author Becca Smith, brilliantly weaves quite a tale of mystery and intrigue. She layers the book in such a way that the reader does not even want to put the book down and simply gets engrossed in the accounts.
All of the characters are believable and readers cannot help but get caught up in their personalities.
Who does not want to have a Great Aunt Mae?
This middle grade book is everything budding curiosity seekers are looking for. As an adult, I could read this book over and over again.
This book is a hands down win and deserves 5 stars!
About the author:
Becca C. Smith received her Film degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the Film and Television industry for most of her adult life. In 2010 Becca published her first novel, Riser followed by the sequel, Reaper, in 2011, and the finale, Ripper in 2013. In 2012 Becca wrote the children's novel Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale's Treasure. She is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted. Becca currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Stephan and their two cats Jack and Duke.
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