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. Volume IX Number 11 . . . . January 31, 2003
The Money Pit on Oak Island, Nova Scotia, is home to what is believed to be a buried treasure. The elaborate construction of this site has made it impossible for even modern day treasure hunters to penetrate the pit. Inspired by this popular Canadian mystery, Jeff Pritchard has developed a highly entertaining novel involving 14-year-old Emma Morgan and her 11-year-old brother, Joel, who spend an exciting six weeks with their Uncle Jake on Oak Island as they try to solve the Money Pit mystery.
Pritchard has done a marvelous job of creating a suspenseful story. The hurdles that the crew face during their attempt to recover the treasure are realistic and carefully described. Emma and Joel are multidimensional characters who play a significant role in the project as their island wanderings expose important clues. The framework of the story hangs on historical facts and well-known theories that act to solidify the plot for this particular adventure.
This well-paced novel is a very enjoyable read!
Christina Neigel is the Instruction Librarian at the University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops, BC.
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