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Treasure Hunters: The Ultimate Quest

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This is a great young adult story by a great author.  I enjoyed how the characters pulled me into the story.  I found it easy to place myself in the story.  I enjoyed how the characters brought the story to life.  They are creative and truly made the story for me.  This is a story that any young adult would enjoy.  It has great growth and easy to read.  This is a fast paced, adventure story that takes you on a fun filled adventure.  This is such a great story that I highly reommend.
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Chris Grabenstein has been James Patterson’s primary go-to author for middle-grade fiction and you don’t have to read too far into Ultimate Quest, the 8th Treasure Hunters book, to see why. Patterson and Grabenstein craft a goofy, imaginative narrative full of jokes, plot twists, and fun facts. The result is a little bit ridiculous—but just think of this as The Fast and Furious franchise for kids. 

The Kidd siblings have grown up with famous treasure hunters as parents and by book number eight they’ve got a lot of adventures under their belt. Characters are written to have one dominant trait that defines them, sometimes for comedic value and sometimes to insert some education or exposition into the story. Like, you just know that Tommy (oldest brother) is going to fall immediately in love with some girl (who is likely a spy or a villain). You know that Storm is going to have all the answers. And Beck and Bick, well, they’re going to be wise-cracking twin younger siblings who tie the family together. (Bick narrates the story; Beck provides the illustrations.)

In this particular tale, the Kidds are looking for an ancient Knights Templar treasure—but the aren’t the only ones! Hijinks, double-crosses, and some pretty outlandish action sequences ensue. By book eight, Patterson and Grabenstein (joined by Juliana Neufeld for illustrations) have the series down to a science. The problem that can ensue when a book series is always successful with a certain pattern is that the pattern grows stale and the stories fail to live up to the structure. Grabenstein doesn’t let this happen, penning a narrative that’s just as energetic and upbeat as book one (if not better).

Ultimate Quest is geared toward middle-grade readers and fits that age-frame well. There’s Bick and Beck, who most closely identify with the intended audience, and Storm and Tommy, who are either representative of older siblings or older versions of the audience. However the readers see themselves in the book, there’s a character that fits them. It’s a light-hearted romp where you know that nobody is going to get hurt, that the kids will learn a moral lesson, that the parents will be some sort of trouble, and the kids will save the day. It’s a clever, successful setup and so long as Patterson and Grabenstein keep their passion for the series, it’ll be a perennial favorite.
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Another great book by James Patterson. This is my first book in the series and I was able to catch up with no problem. I will be going back to read the first seven books. This is the perfect book for a middle school student, especially one that may be a reluctant reader. There is a little bit for everyone: mystery, adventure, and middle school humor.
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I love books that all ages can enjoy, whether kid or adult, and this one is no exception! The pictures, maps, humor, plot--it's all good. I suppose I should have expected nothing less, given James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein are the authors; but to be fair, and true confession, I've not read anything by Patterson before--just Grabenstein (who is reason enough to pick this book up).

While the book does reference events presumably featured in previous installments, I still really enjoyed it--and those references make me want to read the others!

I also love that the authors bring in emotion. So many books out there don't give kids enough credit to handle things, or forget that they go through tough stuff too. Acknowledging that--whether loss, or fear, or something else--was refreshing. Obviously, age-appropriateness is important, and that can vary from kid to kid. But this was spot on.

And the amount of education here! Kids will have a great time learning (really, lol) as part of the read.

"Sometimes you just have to decide what's really important and go for it!"--one of many takeaways I loved.

I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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** “Family can be annoying sometimes. Like when they squeeze the toothpaste from the middle of the tube. But they can also be the coolest thing in the whole wide world. The greatest treasure of them all.” **

James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein continue their fun and plucky series with “Treasure Hunters: The Ultimate Quest,” illustrated by Juliana Neufeld.

When the Kidd siblings once again find their parents kidnapped, they set off on a new adventure to not only find their parents, but to also find the hidden treasure of the Knights Templar.

As Tommy, Storm and twins Bick (who narrates the story) and Beck (who illustrates) travel through Egypt, Scotland, France and Israel, they once again must determine whom they can trust as they use their special skills and personalities to follow the clues their parents left for them.

The “Treasure Hunters” book are always a fun read that will appeal to all ages. Readers will fall in love with the incorrigible Kidd siblings, as well as quickly root against the villains. The book is filled with a lot of suspense, as well as laugh-out-loud moments.

Told in quick, short chapters filled with lots of fun artwork, “The Ultimate Quest,” which is due out May 23, reminds us of the importance of family and that it is the most important treasure of all.

Five stars out of five. 

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (jimmy patterson) provided this complimentary copy through NetGalley for my honest, unbiased review.
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This was such a fun book! I really enjoyed how the plot flowed and the way that it perfectly fit the characters. It's a really fun and great read.
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