Book reviews of YA lit and more

As a middle school librarian and hopeful reader of Missouri's high school award books (Gateway nominees), I am reading and reviewing as many young adult and middle grade novels as I can while working on my own writing for this age group.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Double Eagle- Sneed B. Collard III

Mike is visiting his dad for the summer, but instead of spending the few months at his dad's home in Pensacola, they headed to Shipwreck Island where his dad is teaching marine biology summer classes.  Shipwreck Island is off the coast of southern Alabama and is rich in Civil War history.  It isn't long before Mike meets Kyle and the two of them find themselves in a hunt for Confederate gold.  This mystery leads them to an old Confederate fort and even proves to be dangerous as other treasure hunters want to find the "double eagles" as badly as the boy do.  The question is can the boys find the gold before the hurricane hits the island and destroys everything.  This book is very exciting and has a plethora of history that can be researched.  If I was still teaching social studies I would love to use this book as a launch pad for Civil War studies.  There is Confederacy minting, ship wrecks, war forts,  marine life in the gulf, etc.  But for kids that just want a fast, fun read this book is also great.  The author spent a lot of time researching for this book and does a great job explaining the facts vs. fiction in the author's note.  Fun read and very well done!

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