Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Smells Like Treasure

Booklist (May 1, 2011 (Vol. 107, No. 17))
Grades 4-7. After Homer Winslow Pudding receives an invitation from the secret society of Legends, Objects, Secrets, and Treasures (LOST) to occupy his recently deceased uncle Drake’s vacant chair in this sequel to Smells like Dog (2010), the 12-year-old and his basset hound, Dog (who has a keen sense for sniffing out treasure but nothing else), skip the local county fair to meet with the world’s most elite treasure hunters. When Lorelei, Homer’s nemesis turned friend turned nemesis, reappears to challenge Homer’s stake in LOST, the young treasure hunters must compete to find Uncle Drake’s membership coin, using clues from the greatest mapmaker ever. Periodically interrupting their search is background information on Rumpold Smeller, the once future Duke of Estonia who turned to piracy and whose lost treasure remains the holy grail for treasure hunters. As in the first novel, quirky side characters and over-the-top humor hold reader interest even during slow points. Unfulfilled discoveries leave the scent of another sequel.

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