The Treasure of Maria Mamoun by Michelle Chalfoun

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This is where the plot device becomes a problem: if there’s buried treasure on Martha’s Vineyard, the book will feel hokey and contrived. If there isn’t, the ending will feel like a disappointment. The climax of the story turns out to be logical but not quite satisfying.
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Twelve-year-old Maria lives a lonely, latchkey-kid's life in the Bronx. Her Lebanese mother is working two nursing jobs to keep them afloat, and Maria keeps her worries to herself, not wanting to be a burden. Then something happens one day between home and school that changes everything. Mom whisks them to an altogether different world on Martha's Vineyard, where she's found a job on a seaside estate. While the mysterious bedridden owner—a former film director—keeps her mother busy, Maria has the freedom to explore a place she thought could only exist in the movies. Making friends with a troublesome local character, Maria finds an old sailboat that could make a marvelous clubhouse. She also stumbles upon an old map that she is sure will lead to pirate's plunder—but golden treasure may not be the most valuable thing she discovers for herself this special summer.
 

About Michelle Chalfoun

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Michelle Chalfoun is the author of two adult novels, Roustabout and Width of the Sea. She is pediatric nurse who lives with her husband and children on Long Island, New York. This is her first book for young readers.
 
Published July 12, 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 354 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books.
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on Mar 30 2016

This is where the plot device becomes a problem: if there’s buried treasure on Martha’s Vineyard, the book will feel hokey and contrived. If there isn’t, the ending will feel like a disappointment. The climax of the story turns out to be logical but not quite satisfying.

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