Synopses & Reviews
Even though Henry Barker and his two brothers learned firsthand that the urban legend about danger on nearby Superstition Mountain wasnt just a myth, this doesnt stop them from planning their return. Along with their friend Delilah, the Barker brothers soon find themselves entangled in more danger and mystery as they uncover a real treasure, but the discovery comes at a very big price—they barely survive an avalanche. The question remains—is someone after them, or is the mountain seeking revenge?
Treasure on Superstition Mountain is the second book in Elise Broach's Superstition Mountain series.
"Broach builds on the daring escapades and eerie tension established in Missing on Superstition Mountain as Henry, Simon, and Jack Barker; their friend Delilah; and Josie the cat surreptitiously explore century-old mysteries while searching for rumored gold. Two weeks after the children's hair-raising escape from Arizona's Superstition Mountain, during which they unearthed a treasure map and a gold nugget, the young adventurers undeterred by Delilah's broken leg, their parents' admonishments, and anonymous warnings are more determined than ever both to find a hidden gold mine and discover who is trying to stop them. The Barker parents, believing the children have learned their lesson, leave them in the care of the boys' adored but easily distracted Aunt Kathy. A visit to a ghost town, the spine-tingling discovery that the creepy town librarian has strange connections to her namesake (Caparo's illustration of the long-dead Julia Thomas alone evokes chills), encounters with rattlesnakes, and terrifying rockslides combine to thrilling effect in this stellar sequel. Readers will be eager for the next installment. Ages 9 12. Agent: Edward Necarsulmer IV, McIntosh & Otis. Illustrator's agent: Shannon Associates." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
* "[A] stellar sequel. Readers will be eager for the next installment." —Publishers Weekly, starred review Praise for Missing on Superstition Mountain:An Amazon.com Best Book of the Month in June 2011* "An exciting adventure . . . Caparos skillful grayscale illustrations add a spooky element: three skulls mark each new chapter, and images like a black cat sitting on a crooked gravestone inspire chills. Classic horror and thriller elements combine with modern touches in Broachs page-turner, a very promising start to this series." —Publishers Weekly, starred review"With the unusual setting, the lure of mystery and adventure, and a certain innocence reminiscent of the Boxcar Children series, this story should find a ready audience." —Booklist"Broach reserves plenty of suspicious characters, spooky landscapes and loose ends for the slated sequels, which both boys and girls will savor." —Kirkus Reviews Praise for Shakespeares Secret:North Dakota Flicker Tale Childrens Award Master List* "[More] evidence-driven than Blue Ballietts Chasing Vermeer, this agreeable history-mystery may have even more appeal to budding sleuths." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review Awards for Masterpiece:American Library Association Notable Childrens BooksABC E. B. White Read Aloud AwardBank Street Best Childrens Book of the YearCCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)Chicago Public Library Best of the BestVermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award
About the Author
Elise Broach is the author of the award-winning books Masterpiece and Shakespeares Secret, and Desert Crossing. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Yale University and lives with her family in Easton, Connecticut. Her novel Masterpiece will be an animated feature film in 2014.
Antonio Javier Caparo has illustrated many books for children, including the Magic Thief series and The Young Readers Shakespeare: A Midsummer Nights Dream. He lives in Montreal, Canada.