Thursday, December 19, 2013

I. O. Book Tours Presents: Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale's Treasure by Becca C. Smith

Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale's Treasure

Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale's Treasure

Alexis Tappendorf is about to be abandoned in Virginia for the summer by her parents, George and Jenny. They’re leaving for a mysterious job they can’t tell anyone about, which annoys Alexis to no end! And what’s worse is the fact that they’re dropping her off with Great Aunt Mae, a woman in her seventies that Alexis has never met! Upon arriving in Virginia, Alexis discovers that for the last hundred years the townspeople of Summervale and Bedford County have been searching for a lost treasure buried somewhere in the area by a man named Thomas J. Beale. More importantly, the only clues to finding the fortune are in the form of cryptograms, codes that, when properly translated, tell the exact location of the bounty. In a heart-pounding race to Beale’s Treasure, Alexis and her new friend, Olivia Boyd, join forces to solve the Beale ciphers before the dangerous family, the Woodmores, beat them to it – a seemingly impossible task since they always appear to be one step ahead of the girls at every turn. Unless Alexis and Olivia can decipher Beale’s cryptograms in time, the treasure will be lost forever or worse—it will end up in the hands of the evil Woodmores.

About this author

Becca C Smith received her Film degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the Film and Television industry for most of her adult life. In 2010 Becca published her first novel, Riser. She also wrote the sequel, Reaper, the following year. In 2012 Becca released the YA book, Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale's Treasure. She is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Stephan, and their two cats Jack and Duke.

My Review:

What a great teen read. By the time you get to the end, you want more, and we are going to be given another book!
This book touches on so many current day problems. Unemployment, housing, insurance. Yet it brings it in these topics in a way that the kids can understand.
We have a young girl of eleven, Alexis. Her parents are off to NYC on a confidential job. They are leaving her with someone she has never met. I was thinking, how could they?? But, we meet Aunt Mae, and are instantly in love with her.
We smell the wonderful foods that she is making, don't know how she does it all, but she does. Through wonderful Aunt Mae, we meet the Boyd family, and they have an eleven year old daughter. Instant sister's of the heart.
We have quite a mystery here, and we see a lot of people looking for lost treasure. Now when people for over a hundred years have been looking for this, how can two young girls find it?
The book keeps your attention to the end, and there is a good vs evil feeling. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!!

I received this book through I. O. Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review. 

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