Recently I was lucky enough to connect with a new author on twitter named Scott Clements who has written ‘Gasparilla’s Treasure‘, an adventure-treasure-hunt-esque novel for tweens (and I must admit, older than tweens as I literally couldn’t put it down myself).
For the Harry Potter fans who are without a current adventure to get behind, this novel definitely fits the bill. For the Indiana Jones and yes, dating myself here, Goonies fans too, this book will grab you and take you for a fun ride only lacking the ‘Truffle Shuffle’, but you can play ‘Goonies are Good Enough’ by Cyndi Lauper while you read and it totally works! 😉
The story centers around young Trip Montgomery who’s Grandfather, Pappy, tells him about a mysterious trunk in one oddly lucid moment at the retirement home which spurs Trip on to find out what this could all possible be about. He quickly enlists his friend Josh, the typical sidekick who is a champion video gamer, as well as his crush, a Hermione-esque gal, Sarah to help him figure out just what Pappy was talking about.
There’s even a great nemesis character, Eli, who every time he appeared on the pages I kept envisioning as Biff from Back to the Future. You quickly love to hate him and turn the pages hoping he’ll ‘get his’ in the end.
The chapters are relatively short and I really like that for kids because they get a great sense of accomplishment as they advance to the next one. The characters are very real, you can picture what they are going through as Scott writes in a very visual way which might possibly be due to his vast experience in the entertainment industry *wink wink*. It really adds to the story and allows your imagination to conjure up great visuals! I love when kids’ imaginations get to work, it’s so important to cultivate and encourage that to me and I think a lot of parents would agree.
As a Nonmom I will be honest, I am very envious of my parent friends who get to have story time with their kids. I love love love reading with kids, hence my weekly reading buddy time (hands-down my favourite hour of every week), and try to take advantage of any opportunity to read books with them. I know that a lot of parents are looking for a book that fills a gap between interest to them and their munchkins, this will definitely fill that.
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 less distractions, he enjoys using his laptop computer so he can have his four legged family members by his side.