By Christopher Cloud
Pablo Perez is a 12-year-old child with no a lot going for him. His classmates have dubbed him “Duct Tape” simply because his tattered discount-store footwear are held jointly with…you guessed it, duct tape. He can’t break out the bullying.
Pablo’s success alterations after he unearths a $20 gold coin whereas swimming along with his sister in a river close to their domestic. Pablo later buys a $1 treasure map on the county reasonable. The map indicates the path to the “lost treasure” of the infamous outlaw Jesse James. Pablo can’t aid yet ask yourself: Is there a hyperlink among the map and the gold coin?
He is set to determine, and he, his 9-year-old sister, Pia, and 13-year-old cousin, Kiki, lease an ill-mannered cave advisor, Monroe Huff, and start a treacherous underground experience looking for treasure. Their treasure hunt is made extra perilous simply because they're being by means of the evil Blood brothers, who wish the treasure for themselves. The Blood brothers will cease at not anything to say the treasure as their very own.
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Whilst the St. Louis exhibit ultimately emerged 5 mins later from in the back of the county courthouse at the a ways part of the sq., Pia gave a squeal. “There’s Kiki’s bus! ” I shuffled my ft and mumbled “Oh, nice” lower than my breath. “Pablo, do not forget that Kiki is your primo, your cousin,” mother stated, stowing the paperback in her handbag. “Please attempt to be great. ” The bus rotated the sq. and stopped in entrance of the café. In a couple of seconds the door swished open and a woman with brief brown hair and a backpack draped over one arm bounced down the bus steps. She paused at the sidewalk to get her bearings. i peeked at her for an fast. She was once absolutely stunning in her fancy flare denims and a T-shirt that learn worldwide Warming Is the genuine Deal. I guessed she used to be approximately sixteen or 17. She was once donning sandals. My gaze shifted clear of the woman to the subsequent passenger submitting off the bus—a chunky cowboy in a rhinestone-studded blouse, an outdated guitar slung over his shoulder. He used to be chewing on a toothpick and hearing his iPod. Trailing the cowboy was once an previous Latino guy with a pencil-thin mustache who carried his property in a beat-up suitcase. subsequent got here a middle-aged girl in a beehive hairdo who came upon the ground step yet stuck herself with a puff at the open door. lots of the passengers filed into the café. a couple of others drifted off into the night shadows. I didn’t see someone akin to my cousin and a sense of elation swept over me. Hah! My cousin had neglected her bus! Even larger, she had determined to not come finally! Hallelujah! permit the summer season video games commence! “Aunt Anna? ” The query were requested by way of the lady in sandals—the beautiful one. “Kiki? ” mother requested, taking a tentative step towards the woman. “Yes, I’m Kiki,” the lady acknowledged in a raspy voice, the corners of her mouth framing an ideal smile. “My heavens,” mother exclaimed. “I didn’t realize you. ” With outstretched fingers, mother strode over to the place Kiki stood on the decrease. “But I do realize that husky voice. ” My 13-year-old cousin set her backpack at the sidewalk, and he or she and mother embraced. “You’re all grown up,” mother acknowledged, maintaining Kiki at arm’s size and surveying her five-foot six-inch body. “I’ll swear. You’re as tall as Pablo. ” “Sorry my bus used to be overdue. ” i'll see that Pia used to be understanding whatever in her head. She appeared up at me, her face crinkled with confusion. “That’s Kiki? ” she requested in a small voice. “What occurred to her braces? ” I’ll need to admit i used to be stressed too. Bewildered, truly. My cousin from St. Louis had replaced big-time over the last years. It was once greater than no longer having braces. even more. Kiki came around to the place Pia and that i stood underneath the café awning. She gave each one people an enormous hug. “Welcome to Jamesville, the cultural capital of Missouri,” I stated, a jumpy twitch in my voice, a shaky smile growing to be on my face. I’m unsure why i used to be so frightened. i attempted to carry the smile, however it slid correct off my face. “Night, kids,” mother stated, shuffling down the hallway towards her bed room. “Night, Mom,” Pia and that i answered. “Good evening, Aunt Anna,” Kiki referred to as out.