The Quest for Treasure
“There comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy’s life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.” - Mark Twain
Celebrated author Mark Twain wasn’t kidding. I mean, who could ever say no to a treasure hunt? Now let’s up the stakes a notch—a PIRATE treasure hunt!
Gold and silver coins, precious gems, exquisite jewelry—and the incredible stories of how those riches came to be in the possession of the raiders and rogues that once travelled the seas, pillaging and plundering to their hearts content.
You see, these aren’t just tales of imaginative storytellers. Pirates were real. Flesh and bone. Blood and sinew. Men and women who lived by their own rules, with no promises of a tomorrow, and the only certainty that each day above ground would be filled with adventure.
Sharpened steel, black powder, daring and cunning—oh and let’s not forget fear—were the tools by which they plied their trade, taking prizes and the spoils that came with them.
But the middle-grade action/adventure novel Lackbeard is far more than just a story about a treasure hunt. It’s also much more than just a story about pirates. And the fact that it takes place in modern times—yesterday, today, tomorrow—and the heroes aren’t household names like Blackbeard or Calico Jack or Anne Bonny but rather a group of unknown kids (Carter, Brad, Darla, Yvette, Louis, Marcus, Linn) living in a Florida orphanage makes this the most grounded and relatable treasure hunt adventure story you will ever read.
I mean just think about it… Each night before bed, our heroes aren’t praying to find the X that marks the spot. No, they’re praying to find loving families that will give them forever homes.
But when it appears their prayers have gone unanswered, and that they all might be doomed to a lifelong orphanage existence, they band together and undertake an epic journey fraught with peril and uncertainty in the hopes of changing their fates themselves.
Thus, Lackbeard isn’t just a quest for pirate treasure.
It’s a quest for a new life—if they can all survive!