Book: Missing in Paradise Author: Larry Verstraete Date of Publication: November 3, 2014 Source: Chapter by Chapter Book Tour Rating: 4/5 Beans
Four months after Gramp’s mysterious death, Nate helps out at Gram’s garage sale. An eerie feeling, as if Gramps were reaching beyond the grave to send Nate a message, leads Nate to a box full of clues. A missing plane. A secret to keep. A map highlighting the route where Gramps died and the message, “Shipment #35-Gold.” Nate and his best friend, Simon, are convinced that Gramps was on a treasure hunt when he died. They’re just as convinced that Gram’s shifty next door neighbor, Fortier, is after the gold too. Nate and Simon sneak away on a Greyhound bus for the small town of Paradise where Nate is sure treasure awaits. Can they find the gold before Fortier gets his thieving hands on a treasure that rightfully belongs to Gramps? Larry Verstraete is an award winning author of 13 non-fiction books for young people. This is his first work of fiction.
This is the first of Larry Verstraete’s books that I have read and I was pleased. My overall opinion of this book: it was cute. Honestly, this is a fun, cute story about a young man honoring his grandfather’s most recent goal. Without giving away too much in the way of spoilers, it is awesome to see a book looking at how history can continue to affect us even years and generations later.
As a mystery, I was held in suspense and had no idea until the very end. It was a well-written mystery for people of all ages and either gender. I will say that I was surprised with the ending and what happened both in the end and in the past.
I was not blown away by this book, but I read it all in one sitting, not just because it was a short read but because it was an easy read. I would have no problem suggesting this for a younger reader and would be more than willing to give it to any of the kids I used to tutor (middle school, mostly). I give this book 4 out of 5 beans for this reason and would recommend that you give it an afternoon.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review and have received no compensation. Thanks to Chapter by Chapter Book Reviews for organizing this tour and the copy of the book.