Saturday, December 19, 2015

G581 Book Review of The Treasure at Devil's Hole by Jody M Mabry

Name of Book: The Treasure at Devil's Hole

Author: Jody M Mabry

ISBN: 9781453776735

Publisher: Self Published

Type of book: Arkansas, 1946, adventures, hidden gold, mysteries, small town, school, friendships, brotherhood

Year it was published: 2012


How would you feel if you knew you had a legendary treasure right in your own back yard? Francis “Bug” Mosser knows, and will do nearly anything to find it, even if it means defying the most villainous person he knows—Mom!

Standing in Bug's way is his nemesis Tad Pricket, the red headed, pock-holed bully who’s suddenly been seen walking Bug’s girl, Melanie, home from school—worse, the walk ends with a kiss. Then there is the mysterious bald stranger and Miss Julia Brandon’s boyfriend who seems a little “too-classy” for the town of Possum Trot.

With the help of his brothers, and best friend Billy—along with his not-so-secret desire to impress Melanie Grainger—Bug goes off in search of fortune and glory, thwarting bad guys, stolen clothes, and explosions to find the one surprise about the treasure that he would have never dreamed of...


The main characters included Bug and his brothers. Bug is best described as determined and resourceful as well as a troublemaker to his mother. He also strongly admires his older brothers, if I remember correctly. Unfortunately it has been a long time since I read it that I barely remember the main characters.


No idea what it should have been


The story is in first person narrative from Bug's point of view. From what I recall, the mystery is pretty interesting and the characters are designed very well. But after a while, I think the story lost its steam which means that I wasn't interested in it as before. But still an unpredictable ending.

Author Information:
(From pump up your books)

  • The Treasure at Devil’s Hole is available at Amazon.

Born at Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois, Jody has had the opportunity to live in places such as Cuba, St. Croix USVI, Mississippi, Illinois, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he spent the teen years of his life in an 1800’s farmhouse that was, of course, haunted. At fourteen Jody first heard the story of Arizona’s “Lost Dutchman Mine,” sparking an interest in adventure, ghost towns, and lost treasure. Always prone to telling a good story, Jody now passes on the tradition to his children who will no doubt find their own treasure someday. Jody and his family live in the charming Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
His lastest book is the middle grade novel, The Treasure at Devil’s Hole.
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While I was reading the book, some of the parts were really reminiscent of Mark Twain's books, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, mainly, about the golden old days of yesteryear. But perhaps first few chapters reminded me of that book because rest of the chapters and the story didn't really seem to capture the sparkle and magic that was there in the beginning of the story. I imagine that a book like this might bring a lot of nostalgia for people who were born and grew up around the time, but it didn't bring me much nostalgia, maybe because of generational differences or gender differences. Still, its a quick read if one is looking for an old fashioned story.

This is a late review for Pump Up Your Books

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3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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