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Summary: This non-fictional book contains a collection of treasure stories, deciphering methods, and puzzles. The treasure stories are all factual recounts, although some of them involve speculation. This companion volume to A Treasure's Trove provides exercises that will enable treasure hunters to solve puzzles, decipher clues, interpret maps, and locate real treasure. This is a book for interactive reading. There is something to do on nearly every page.
Type of Reading: independent reading, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Young Reader Reaction: Being a teenager who likes to solve puzzles and read about mysteries, I was very intrigued by this book. I would sit at my desk for hours trying to solve the puzzles that the book provides. This book contains 84 challenging puzzles, some of which require a lot of thinking to solve. The solutions are clear and comprehensive. I was also greatly fascinated about the information the book offers about the different ways to encode text. I would recommend this book to children between 6 and 15 years of age. The puzzles in the book are good for mental development and developing high IQ.
Adult Reader Reaction: The puzzles and clues are challenging and fun to work with and solve. The author achieves his goal of forcing the reader/puzzle-solver to look at the space and/or placement of an object, as well as, the object itself when trying to solve a puzzle.
Pros: The book is full of puzzles and challenges to get your mind moving. The puzzles in the book are good for mental development and developing high IQ.
Borrow or Buy: Arm-chair treasure hunters and serious puzzle solvers will want to buy this book. For the rest of us, the daily crossword puzzles, Sudoku, acrostics, etc. furnish all of the challenge our puzzle solving ability can handle.