Pablo Perez is a 12-year-old poor kid without much going for him. His classmates have dubbed him “Duct Tape” because his tattered discount-store sneakers are held together with…you guessed it, duct tape. He can’t escape the bullying. Pablo’s luck, however, changes after he finds a $20 gold coin while swimming in a river near his home. Pablo later buys a $1 treasure map at the county fair. The map shows the route to the “lost treasure” of Jesse James. Pablo can’t help but wonder: Is there a link between the map and the gold coin? He is determined to find out, and he, his 9-year-old sister and 13-year-old cousin hire an ill-mannered cave guide, and begin a treacherous underground adventure in search of treasure.
“A Boy Called Duct Tape will keep adventure-story fans on the edge of their seats. There’s enough action, mystery and suspense to satisfy the most demanding middle-grade reader. Every child has fantasized about discovering a lost treasure, and this story addresses that daydream. Christopher Cloud’s simple and kid-friendly language makes this book perfect for reluctant readers. A real winner!”
Midwest Book Review
“I absolutely loved A Boy Called Duct Tape. I’m 12 and I read about 50 books a year. This was the best realistic fiction book I’ve ever read.”