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Treasure at Lure Lake ~ Review

Treasure at Lure Lake
By Shari L. Schwarz

Jack has a typical attitude of an older teen sibling feeling trapped by being with his younger brother. But Jack feels as if he just doesn't measure up in his parents eyes.  He feels as if Bryce is the golden prince to his parents.  Bryce also feels the stresses his family is under and the underlying sadness that is always present yet never acknowledged.

Bryce just wants to enjoy his summer - backpacking with Grandpa and his older brother Jack will be as good as it is going to get after Dad backs out.  And finding a hidden map may be just what Bryce needs to add some adventure to their hiking trip to Lure Lake.

But when the trio meets with some unexpected difficulties their trip may have a life-changing impact on the entire family.

This is a book that will appeal to middle grade boys.  This is a contemporary story that deals with grief and guilt within a family while disguising it in a survival adventure.  Family bonds are examined as Bryce and Jack deal with what they are facing.

The story is an easy read covering 180 pages.  Each chapter is named for the character whose view point is being expressed.  Perfect for a free choice book report or just for reading.  Readers will be able to connect with both Bryce and Jack.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review and tour participation.

About the book:

An epic adventure—that’s all Bryce wants this summer. So when he stumbles upon a treasure map connected to an old family secret, Bryce is determined to follow the clues to unearth both, even if it means hiking in the wilderness in the middle of nowhere. Bryce must work with his bickering brother, Jack, or they may never see the light of day again!

About the author:

Shari Schwarz is a literary intern and lives in Colorado with her husband and their four boys. Treasure at Lure Lake is her debut middle grade adventure which reflects her love for a good adventure story and spending time hiking and camping in the northern Colorado Rockies.