Hello again, savvy savers! Today finds us with yet another June reading list book review, and this time the book, The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Rushmore Treasure, by Miriam Jones Bradley.
This title is the latest in the Double Cousins series, a series of grade school-appropriate children’s books. This book has it all, mystery, the promotion of good Christian values, and the empathy that comes with discussing the past events of tragedy, and the positive ways in which communities can heal, as in the case of the 1972 Flood in Rapid City, South Dakota, all magically crafted from a child’s perspective.
The story surrounds this idea, that if you had a good friend, a neighbor, who needed thousands of dollars to fix the roof on their business, how could you help? This is the world that surrounds then ten-year-old, Max Rawson. What also adds curiosity to this story, the Rawsons double cousins from Nebraska, ten-year-old Carly Johnson and her eight-year-old sister Molly, who are visiting the Rawsons while their parents are away on a mission trip, help find a way to assist their neighbor. Also of interest, Mr. Crosby, who lost his nephew Lee Crosby Hughes in the Rapid City flood of 1972.
To help raise the money, the kids elicit the help of various community members by way of raking fall leaves from lawns and bake sales, but when these efforts fall short of their monetary goals they seek help from Mr. Crosby and his old cash register in his store left by the previous owner, the “Rushmore register” and implied that it was valuable. When an antiques dealer says that it isn’t worth much, they all wonder if there’s some hidden value in it that they haven’t seen, but before any other inquiries can be made a duo of thieves break into the store, steal the cash register, and kidnap Max, Carly, and Mr. Crosby. The rest of the mysetry best lies with the reader, and I encourage you all to read this charming story!
This story is fun, heartwarming, and age-appropriate for younger readers! To find out more about this story and its author, click here!
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