Like many camps, however, it’s a place where kids from different backgrounds are randomly put together.
That’s true when newcomer Kyle shows up and is assigned to a group with longtime campers Beth, Harry, Vic and Nate. There’s little time to chat before these young Pathfinders are given an assignment: Find the long-lost treasure of Windrose.
They receive only two tools: a compass and a journal. But the kids quickly realize each of the five has a talent that could help with the task. Beth loves history and maps. Harry is a magician with a keen eye. Vic is a math whiz. Kyle is an artist. And Nate is an inventor whose motto is “always be ready.”
The treasure hunt, which had at first seemed to be just a game, gets more serious as they explore Merriweather’s castle, where they learn that the explorer’s fortune wasn’t as great as people thought. They wonder if the camp might have money trouble.
Merriweather was looking for the Windrose treasure but was unable to find it before he mysteriously disappeared. Others tried and failed. No one expects a group of kids to succeed.
The Pathfinders’ only chance is if they work as a team, not an easy thing when they aren’t all friends. Readers will want to know what happens with the treasure, but it’s equally entertaining to see whether this oddball group can stick together.
Next time in book club
By Henry Clark
Ages 8 to 12
Cal could use a magic spell to save his family’s farm. People aren’t buying the produce, and corn maze ticket sales aren’t enough to pay the bills. It appears that they will have to move. When Cal’s friend Modesty finds a binder of spells, they have a moment of hope. The spells seem useless, however, and they work only occasionally. The kids and a third friend meet the binder’s owner, who needs their help to save something bigger — a dragon and magic itself.
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