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I am so proud to announce that the 2nd Edition of The Ultimate Treasure Quest I: The Jewel of Peru is now available on Amazon and Teachers Pay Teachers! Here are just a few of the responses from independent critics so far :
“Jewel of Peru took me on an adventure from page one. Sharon Skretting has captured Peru and deftly woven elements of the culture and geography into a fast-paced treasure hunt. It was well written, entertaining and introduced me to new ideas. I loved making little discoveries along the way about the people and places. I found some of the features of Peru so interesting, I looked them up the Internet and was delighted to find things just as she described. Fact and fantasy blend seamlessly in this delightful tale.” —Sara Marchand, Beta Reader
Jewel of Peru is a magical adventure through time, taking Captain Christopher and his loyal crew of orphaned stowaways on a perilous quest in search of Christopher’s missing parents. After his father’s ship is found abandoned at sea, Christopher makes an unexpected discovery on board – The Ultimate Treasure Chest! Unwilling to believe his parents could be dead, Christopher and his friends set sail in pursuit of The Ultimate Treasure with the hope that it will lead him to his mom and dad. When a savage pirate and a corrupt business man join forces to steal The Ultimate Treasure for themselves, the gang must come face to face with the devastating impact of human greed on our planet and figure out a way to reverse decades of ecological devastation before it’s too late. Expertly crafted with young readers in mind, Jewel of Peru is as educational as it is entertaining. Deftly imparting the value of environmental conservation, readers will journey through the stunning landscape of Peru as Christopher and his companions learn what it means to become Master Keepers of the Earth’s greatest treasures.
—Kelley Fitzpatrick Holland, Quiethouse Copy Editing
Jewel was an enthralling story from start to finish. Once I started this book, I did not want to put it down. Sharon did a fantastic job on creating a unique story that left me wanting more. I haven’t read another book like it, and that is what I loved about it. I loved how readers will learn important concepts throughout this story. The importance of sharing, protecting the environment, etc. Children will also see how greediness can affect others. Sharon did a fantastic job with the world-building. It was well crafted and well thought out. I was able to vividly see everything going on around me. — Kristina Snyder, Beta Reader
I am excited and pleased with the response thus far, but I want to hear what you think of the Jewel of Peru. Get your copy today and kindly leave an honest review or post your comment here! I want to know if you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
The Jewel of Peru was written for all readers who love a great story, but also for teachers who want an effective way to hook students into learning! Here is what a recent reviewers had to say:
The educational value of many of the places and objects that are so well-described here cannot be overstated – from 18th century sea craft to gemstones to the wonders of Peru and the perils the natural world is facing, there is learning material for readers of any age. —Kelley Fitzpatrick Holland
Teachers are always looking for ways to ‘hook’ their students on reading. Here it is-adventure, danger and intrigue wrapped into one super book!” —Carol Jones
To provide even more educational value to the novel and its use in the classroom, I am honoured to announce that I have teamed up with Teacher/Author Lynn Boothe to bring you more excellent teaching materials. She has joined the Quest Teaching team as the creator of teacher products to support my novel, The Jewel of Peru. She also has many other quality educational products that you might find helpful in your classroom so give her store a look today! The 2nd edition of the novel has just been released and is now available for a short time at the introductory price of 99¢.
I am so glad you stopped by to “meet my character”. Christopher is anxious to have you know more about him, as am I, so let’s get started!
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Look up the name Faramund and you will find that it means “journey”. That’s how I got the name of my young main character for The Ultimate Treasure Quest I: The Jewel of Peru. I wanted a young character to lead readers on an incredible journey of intrigue, mystery, danger and adventure. Though fictional, his character has many of the same qualities, fears, and traits that many twelve year old boys would have. The name suits him perfectly as the story opens with him finding out that his parents and ship crew have vanished! While searching the ship for clues as to their whereabouts, he finds an enchanted treasure chest that “chooses him as its captain” and leads him on a journey to find them and the Ultimate Treasure! As Christopher sets sail as the captain on his father’s ship, the Discovery , he and his crew of orphaned stowaways, must face their fears and venture into the unknown. Who knows where they will end up?
2) When and where is the story set?
The story begins in early eighteenth century England. A time when ships sailed the seven seas and there was ever-lurking the fear of pirates. But the adventure really heats up when they are chased through the Devil’s Triangle and something very strange happens! The setting then changes dramatically, but I can’t give it away.
3) What should we know about him/her?
Hmmm. Just like any of us, Christopher is definitely not a “perfect” antagonist. He has a few flaws that are revealed over the course of the journey. Perhaps his most pronounced flaw is that he ventures ahead without considering how his actions affect others. That leads him and the others into a fair bit of “trouble” on this perilous adventure. But fear not, he will find he has the “powers” that he needs to move forward on his quest.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
What would you do if you were twelve years old and your parents were missing? That’s what happens to Christopher in the very first scene of the story. Everyone thinks that his parents and their crew were lost at sea, but Christopher doesn’t buy it. Especially not after finding the Ultimate Treasure Chest that beckons him to set sail!
5) What is the personal goal of the character? Christopher’s main goal is to find his parents and it would be cool to find the Ultimate Treasure, too! After all, who doesn’t like treasure?
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? Yes! It’s called The Ultimate Treasure Quest I: The Jewel of Peru and new revised edition has just been released on Create Space, and Amazon on September 29 ,2014! You can read more about it on my blog here at www.questteaching.com/wordpress/ or check out my author pages on Amazon or Good reads. I would love to hear what you think about it after reading it. Will you fall in love with Christopher and the other stowaways as much as I did while writing it? Other readers say they have, I you will too!
7) When can we expect the book to be published? The Ultimate Treasure Quest I: The Jewel of Peru has just been released on CreateSpace and Amazon in both print and ebook. For a limited time until October 6th, the kindle ebook is available for only 99¢. Click the cover to get it quick at this price!
I want to thank Dianne Rapp for including me in this Meet My Character Blog tour. You can meet her character, too, at: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/7024657-new-book-reveal
Also be sure to check out her book, The Dragon Knight at:http://amzn.to/1ASdWvB
Check out her novels and blogs at the following places:
Yakimali’s Gift . It’s a YA Historical Novel available where ebooks are sold: http://lindacovella.com/yakimalis-gift/
The Castle Blues Quake MG Paranormal Novel available on Amazon: http://lindacovella.com/the-castle-blues-quake/
Readers’ imaginations will be awakened as they join young Christopher Faramund on a journey to find his parents and the Ultimate Treasure! Having received the news that his parents were lost at sea, and finding a magic treasure chest that seems to be guiding him, Christopher decides to set sail, looking for his family and the treasure. Along with his guardian and a group of young stowaways looking for a better quality of life, Christopher gets caught up in pirate chases, time travel, and an amazing mission to save the earth’s most precious treasures!
While on this fast-paced, action packed journey, junior readers will be introduced to many science and global citizenship concepts. Animals, rainforests, rocks and minerals, sound, structures, communities and environmental stewardship are just a few of the themes intricately woven throughout the suspenseful plot. The story ties these themes all together to get readers excited about learning while it inspires them to use their gifts and talents to be responsible citizens and environmental stewards for our beautiful planet. My students loved every moment of learning these concepts through this exciting quest. At the end of every chapter they were begging for more!
Click on the Christophers to read the free chapters.
Chapters 1- 10:
The Jewel of Peru is a novel that will take your students on a quest while having them discover many curriculum concepts that are embedded in the plot! The Jewel is fast paced, exciting and filled with time travel, pirates and a mission to save the world’s ecological treasures! My students loved it. I know yours will too!
Trial the free chapters as a read aloud in your classroom today! http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Quest-Teaching