Treasure on Superstition Mountain
By Darienne Stewart,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Action picks up in adventure-packed sequel.
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Educational ValueThe series continues to build on the legends surrounding Arizona's Superstition Mountain and offers a glimpse into the area's past, including Apache legends and Santa Fe's development as an artists' colony. Henry's favorite books might inspire readers; he mentions nearly a dozen, including True Grit and The Count of Monte Cristo.
Positive MessagesThe spirited children make inroads where many adults before them have failed, and they show that history can be very exciting.
Positive Role ModelsDelilah is spirited and doing her best to keep up with the boys despite dealing with a bulky cast. Henry steps up to help Delilah and his brothers when he senses they're feeling hurt or unhappy. He's comforting and encouraging, despite his own fears, and realizes he's becoming more courageous.
Violence & ScarinessOne child crashes through the floor of a rotting building. The adventurers face down a rattlesnake and barely escape a rock slide. Someone leaves a message on the mountain warning them to stay away.
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Parents Need to KnowParents need to know that Treasure on Superstition Mountain, the second book in a series, is best enjoyed after the first volume, Missing on Superstition Mountain. The children continue to ignore their parents' rules in pursuit of adventure, this time taking advantage of a relative who shirks her babysitting duties to go on a date instead. The children are repeatedly in gravely perilous situations (including facing down a rattlesnake and barely escaping a rock slide), and a hidden person threatens them.
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What's the Story?
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Talk to Your Kids About ...
- Families can talk about how the story is divided among the books. Why do you think it's packaged as a trilogy? What do you think will happen in Book 3?
- Does the fact that Superstition Mountain and its legends exist in real life affect how you enjoy this book?
- Do you think the parents are overly cautious here, or are the kids reckless?
- Author: Elise Broach
- Illustrator: Antonio Javier Caparo
- Genre: Mystery
- Topics: Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Friendship, History
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
- Publication date: February 5, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 288
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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