A Middle Grade Treasure Hunt
THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB & J SOCIETY by Janet Sumner Johnson
Capstone Press, Debuting April 1, 2016
Fourth graders Jason and Annie, friends and neighbors since forever, receive a surprise pirate treasure map from Mrs. Schuster, the old lady next door—a grump who’s trying to reform. With Jason’s out-of-work father creating an economic disaster for his family, the two friends start scrambling for plans on how to save Jason’s family from moving. Annie believes in finding the treasure. Jason is more intent on finding his dad a job. Either way it’s a job for the PB & J Society for sure. Things continue to become complicated when treasure hunting goes wrong and even the back-up plans need re-planning. Add to all that, a mix-up on Annie’s home front when her mom returns to work and her dad stays at home. At least Mrs. Schuster’s reform stays on track with her befriending Jason and Annie, but the pirate stories she tells become stranger and stranger with no treasure in sight. This is a delightful and entertaining middle grade read with adorable main characters to root for and a sweet message of finding hidden treasure in those around us.