“Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City,” by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, is the story of the Kidd family, six treasure hunters who find some of the world’s most valuable treasures.
The names of the family members are Bick, Beck, Tommy, and Storm. Their mom and dad are treasure hunters too. The story is told by Bick. Beck is Bick’s twin sister. Tommy is the oldest (but not so bright) brother. Storm is the genius sister who has a photographic memory (very useful in most instances). Their mom has been kidnapped by Dionysus Streckting, a German speaking bad guy. Their dad was thrown overboard in a storm and lost at sea (or was he???).
The kids of the Kidd family are dealing with “the strangest kidnappers in the world” who “prefer priceless rare antiquities to cash.” The children race across the globe searching for their dad’s safe-deposit boxes, which hold pieces of an amazing treasure map. This treasure map is what Streckting wants – because it is the key to finding dozens of stolen World War 2 paintings (priceless paintings that the Nazis stole and hid all over the world). I am not going to tell you any more about the story, but let’s just say that their dad works for the CIA, they get blackmailed for priceless Chinese vases, and the Kidd kids bid lots of money on a pigeon race in an exotic land. Will the kids ever be reunited with their mom again?
The story has 448 pages. I would suggest this book for readers who are aged 7+. On a scale of 1-10, I would rate this book as a 10 and highly recommend it because it has great adventures and amazing details. The illustrations, by Juliana Neufeld, are high quality and similar to what you would find in a graphic novel.
This is book #3 in the Treasure Hunters series. Book #1 is Treasure Hunters, and book #2 is Treasure Hunters: Danger Down the Nile. I have not read either of these two books, but I was still easily able to understand the story and follow the adventures.