Subtitle: The Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon
Genre: YA alternate history
Length: 375 pages
Setting: U.S., the past
Interest: I saw it reviewed somewhere (forgot to record the source) and thought Mr. Curiosity would enjoy it. It sounded interesting enough that I had to read it as well.
Summary: Zander, Kit, and MK have been living on their own ever since their father disappeared under mysterious circumstances on an expedition. Kit is slipped a package in the marketplace that leads to the discovery of part of a map. The kids head to the main Expedition Society headquarters to find the rest of the map. It shows the way to the secret treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon, which the BNDL is also looking for and will remove any obstacles to that discovery. The kids sneak off to Arizona and are helped by Sukey, the daughter of another explorer. They find a hidden cave that leads to a hidden society built into a massive gold vein. Their father also left them another map.
Final thoughts: It took me a bit to get into this world. It felt like it was supposed to be our own world, but there were so many differences it would jar me out of the story for the first third of the book. I did like the characters. It’s told from the point of view of the middle child (a boy), but Sukey is also a strong female character. Each of the children has a different personality that comes through the page easily. I liked the exploratory/map-making aspect of the story as well.
Title comes from: It was the name their father called the children.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 42/100 in my 100 Book Challenge, and an X in my Title Alphabet Soup challenge
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