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"Growing up in New Jersey during the Vietnam War, 13-year-old Lyza has some battles of her own ('Whoever said 'the baby of the family/ gets all the sympathy'/ was clearly not/ the baby'). When her mother walked out, 'our family began to unravel/ like a tightly wound ball of string.' Then Lyza's grandfather dies, leaving her a box filled with cryptic maps and clues, which she learns relate to the pirate treasure of Capt. William Kidd. Lyza and her best friends Carolann and Malcolm get to work locating — and then hiding — the treasure. Lyza's thoughtful narration in verse gives Bryant's (Ringside 1925) novel a strong sense of setting and reflects the teenager's conflicting emotions about adulthood: 'I had to decide/ to stay safe in the harbor, like my father,/ or to push out to sea, like Gramps.' Her observations also betray an engaging sense of humor (Denise, her older sister, 'has no interest in anything/ she can't smoke, wear, or sing'). Sincere and well-paced, with the backdrop of a tumultuous period in history, the story is not easily forgotten. Ages 9 — 13." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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In a tale inspired by a true story of buried treasure, Bryant weaves an emotional and suspenseful novel in poems, all set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War during 1968, a pivotal year in U.S. history.

About the Author

Jen Bryant has published poetry, biographies, picture books, and fiction for young readers, including The Trial, Pieces of Georgia, and Ringside, 1925. A graduate of Gettysburg College, she lives in Pennsylvania. To learn more about Jen, please visit www.jenbryant.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375840487
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Maps
Author:
Bryant, Jennifer
Author:
Bryant, Jen
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
General
Subject:
Single-parent families
Subject:
Research
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.30x5.78x1.02 in. .84 lbs.
Age Level:
09-13

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Young Adult » General

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Product details 272 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375840487 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Growing up in New Jersey during the Vietnam War, 13-year-old Lyza has some battles of her own ('Whoever said 'the baby of the family/ gets all the sympathy'/ was clearly not/ the baby'). When her mother walked out, 'our family began to unravel/ like a tightly wound ball of string.' Then Lyza's grandfather dies, leaving her a box filled with cryptic maps and clues, which she learns relate to the pirate treasure of Capt. William Kidd. Lyza and her best friends Carolann and Malcolm get to work locating — and then hiding — the treasure. Lyza's thoughtful narration in verse gives Bryant's (Ringside 1925) novel a strong sense of setting and reflects the teenager's conflicting emotions about adulthood: 'I had to decide/ to stay safe in the harbor, like my father,/ or to push out to sea, like Gramps.' Her observations also betray an engaging sense of humor (Denise, her older sister, 'has no interest in anything/ she can't smoke, wear, or sing'). Sincere and well-paced, with the backdrop of a tumultuous period in history, the story is not easily forgotten. Ages 9 — 13." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In a tale inspired by a true story of buried treasure, Bryant weaves an emotional and suspenseful novel in poems, all set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War during 1968, a pivotal year in U.S. history.
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