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…
This is an absolutely fantastic adventure for children who are comfortable reading chapter books or for parents to read to a younger audience. Our 8 year old “test subject” enjoyed it, but struggled with some of the vocabulary. Our 12 year old “test subject” read the whole book with no problem and gave a rave review. Armed with lovable characters, intrigue, and hidden treasure this novel is sure to win the heart of most young mystery lovers! The book is especially appropriate for young ladies interested in science and discovery! The book does touch on several sensitive subjects such as the financial troubles and health concerns of the parents of the young heroines, but these issues are discussed in an open and in my opinion, appropriate fashion. This book was truly a joy to read for all of the family, not just the kids. My husband and I enjoyed the adventure as well! Happy reading 🙂
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 followed by the sequel, Reaper, in 2011, and the finale, Ripper in 2013. In 2012 Becca wrote the children’s novel Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale’s Treasure. She is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted. Becca currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Stephan and their two cats Jack and Duke.
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