Let's start by looking at the blurb of the book:
The Jewel of Peru is a magical adventure through time, taking young Captain Christopher and his loyal crew of orphaned stowaways on a perilous quest in search of Christopher's missing parents.
After his father's ship is found abandoned at sea, Christopher makes an unexpected discovery on board—The Ultimate Treasure Chest! Inside is a message that beckons him to set sail after the treasure and his parents. When a savage pirate and a corrupt businessman join forces to steal the treasure for themselves, the gang gets caught up in pirate chases, time travel, and an underground network of spies. Will Christopher find the Jewel and his parents, or will all be lost for ever?
I really like the idea. I think that's the best place to start for any book - to have a good idea. Sharon had a good one. I love the kids! I mean, they are the best bunch of ragamuffins ever! I absolutely love her characters. I know that this is just the first book in what will be a collection of them, but you can really start to get a feel for the kids here. You learn about each of them as the story goes along. One of the best getting to know the characters moment was when they were trying to figure out the stone - you really learn about that kid and the impression his father had on him. I love that!
This is the kind of book that you'll want to keep reading. It's good to connect to. I loved it and cannot wait to see what happens next. It is a great adventure story with pirates, treasures, a ragamuffin group, and a lot of heart. It's the perfect tale for middle grade, but I'm sure some YA readers would totally love it too.
It's well-written. The layout and interior design is great. The pop out table of contents works, although the chapters don't link back to the one in the book itself if you want to go to a specific chapters, use the pop out or scroll. The characters are well-developed. The story is written in a great way to make you want to know what happens next.
I highly recommend this book. It was a blast to read. I'd love to have a physical copy in my home for when my son reaches the right reading level for this book!
*I received a free copy of the book for review from Tomoson.com*
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