Friday, December 20, 2013

Virtual Book Tour for Alexis Tappendorf and Search For Beale's Treasure by Becca C. Smith

Disclosure: We received a free paperback copy of the book Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale's Treasure by Becca C. Smith in exchange for our honest opinion about it.

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…

 As with every book that my children review, I read this book myself. Here are my thoughts, and them I will tell you what Brandon thought of it. 
This book starts off like most tween/teen books in a way that the kids can relate... their parents are telling them to do something that they don't want to do. Alexis is being told that she will have to stay with her great aunt for six weeks while he parents are off doing "research" to try to earn money. I really like that this book touches on a lot of real life situations such as a lack of insurance, lack of employment, and making do with what you have. Most adventurous books involve boys as the main characters so I really enjoyed reading this from a girl's perspective. It got a little intense at times. Overall, it was an excellent book. I will warn you that the end really leaves you hanging. It actually does so slightly to the extreme. It is almost worrisome to me that a child might be concerned about something like that happening to their parents, but since the book is geared towards older kids, I guess it's more understandable. This book is recommended for ages 8-12.
Here is Brandon's thoughts (age 11).
I didn't like it at first because I thought it was going to be a girly book. But as I got deeper into the book, I liked it more and more. I like that it was a challenge for them to try to find the treasure. The Woodmores trying to get the treasure as well was a BIG problem. They were being very greedy. I really liked that the book had lots of dangerous parts.
About the Author, Becca C. Smith:
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. She also wrote the sequel, Reaper, the following year. In 2012 Becca released the YA book, Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale's Treasure. She is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Stephan, and their two cats Jack and Duke.
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