By Christopher Cloud
Pablo Perez is a 12-year-old child with no a lot going for him. His classmates have dubbed him “Duct Tape” simply because his tattered discount-store shoes are held jointly with…you guessed it, duct tape. He can’t get away the bullying.
Pablo’s good fortune adjustments after he reveals a $20 gold coin whereas swimming along with his sister in a river close to their domestic. Pablo later buys a $1 treasure map on the county reasonable. The map exhibits the path to the “lost treasure” of the infamous outlaw Jesse James. Pablo can’t aid yet ask yourself: Is there a hyperlink among the map and the gold coin?
He is decided to determine, and he, his 9-year-old sister, Pia, and 13-year-old cousin, Kiki, rent an ill-mannered cave advisor, Monroe Huff, and start a treacherous underground event looking for treasure. Their treasure hunt is made extra perilous simply because they're being through the evil Blood brothers, who wish the treasure for themselves. The Blood brothers will cease at not anything to assert the treasure as their very own.
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Pia requested, slurping her cherry limeade via a straw. “It’s kind of like being cheated,” Kiki acknowledged. I knew i'd always remember approximately being swindled. i'd most likely nonetheless be puzzling over it whilst i used to be forty years outdated. i attempted to place it out of my brain, and gestured on the newspaper. “What’s the tale need to say? ” Kiki snapped the wrinkles of the web page and browse aloud: “‘Saint or scoundrel? greater than one hundred thirty years after his loss of life from an assassin’s bullet, the folks of Jamesville are nonetheless arguing the nature of Jesse James. the talk will renew itself because the 71st annual Outlaw Days pageant starts off at the present time within the Jamesville urban park. ’” “What’s a scoundrel? ” Pia requested. “A undesirable person,” I acknowledged. “Like these Blood brothers? ” I nodded. “Yeah, just like the Blood brothers—scoundrels and swindlers. ” “Good lead,” Kiki saw. “Saint or scoundrel? shrewdpermanent. ” “What’s a lead? ” Pia requested. “Pia,” I stated, my nerves on side, “how many questions are you going ask? ” “A thousand. ” I let loose a pissed off breath. “It’s the 1st paragraph of a information story,” Kiki stated. “Our newspaper in St. Louis is having a competition for children to work out who can write the easiest tale approximately ‘My summer season holiday with out a laptop. ’ I’m going to write down a narrative approximately my holiday in Jamesville. yet I can’t cross close to a computer—no fb, no chat rooms, no laptop in any respect. ” “What will you write approximately? ” I requested. Kiki shrugged. “I’m uncertain. Any rules? ” “Write concerning the Outlaws Days Festival,” Pia recommended. “Hmm …” Kiki gave it a few suggestion. “That could be a little—” I lower Kiki off. “Boring? ” “Yeah, boring,” Kiki proven. “Oh,” Pia stated. Kiki became again to the newspaper: “‘The occasion started in 1939, an analogous yr a Hollywood movie corporation got here to Jamesville to make the motion picture titled The James Boys. 400 locals, the entire inhabitants of Jamesville on the time, have been used as extras to painting their forefathers of 1879, the yr James used to be shot and killed. ’” I loved gazing Kiki’s mouth stream. I had by no means visible a girl’s mouth flow with such perfection, and for a couple of minutes I did ignore being cheated out of the coin. “‘Bootlegger’s Cave, positioned close to James Creek under miles from Jamesville, was once utilized in the motion picture because the James Gang hideout. in truth, many caves within the Jamesville sector have been truly utilized by the group after they have been robbing and stealing. Jamesville citizens have claimed for years fortune in gold and silver cash used to be stashed by means of the James Gang in a single of these caves, and the legend of the misplaced Treasure of Jesse James nonetheless lives. ’” Kiki regarded excessive of the newspaper. She and that i shared a telling look, after which she persisted examining: “‘However, to today nobody has stumbled on the treasure, suggested to be worthy hundreds of thousands of greenbacks. the site of the treasure, without doubt, is locked ceaselessly within the rugged Ozark hills of southwest Missouri. ’” Kiki positioned the newspaper apart. no one spoke a note. ultimately, Pia requested the query we have been all considering. “Could that twenty-dollar gold coin be from the Jesse James treasure?