Pinterest Page for “Treasure Hunters” supports great Common Core lessons!

If you have already ordered your copy of James Patterson’s great new young adult novel “Treasure Hunters, you’ve probably already finished reading it and want to figure out how to use it to teach Common Core lessons!

Check out my “Treasure Hunters” Pinterest page, featuring links to many of the amazing cross-curriculum subjects Patterson puts so carefully into his Treasure Chest!  “Treasure Hunters” is like a year’s worth of Humanities lessons wrapped in a rollicking good story!  Let your students choose one link to study and report back on in any format he/she chooses.  In my class, students usually have their choice of formats, including (but not exclusive to) PowerPoint, Keynote, Haiku Deck, Animoto, GlogsterEDU, iMovie, Microsoft Movie Maker, YouTube Video Editor or any other digital program they might like to learn as well as good old pencil, pen, paper and poster board!  Giving students choice in what they want to learn and how they want to report gives them ownership of their report and enthusiasm for it as well!


Ahoy, mateys! James Patterson’s newest novel for “Kidds” is out!

TreasureHuntersHijinks on the high seas! Surfer pirates! Monet, Manet and van Gogh! Underwater treasure and undercover agents! Mouthwatering Cheeseburgers in Paradise! And four fabulous Kidds!

From the fertile mind of James Patterson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life and I Funny, comes Treasure Hunters, the story of the four Kidd siblings — Tailspin Tommy, Storm, Bick & Beck — who have grown up on their parents’ boat, traveling the world and hunting for treasure.  The action starts immediately when first their mother is kidnapped and then their father disappears.  The Kidd siblings begin their quest to journey wherever they must to seek the most important treasure of all — their missing parents!

Through it all, they are exposed to some of the greatest ACTUAL treasures of humankind: van Gogh’s Starry Night, the Minoan Bee of Malia, and Cordoba’s Lost Fleet among many others.

I am one of ten teachers designing educational support materials as part of the “Treasure Hunters Advance Team.”  Click on my Treasure Hunters Pinterest board with links to some of the fascinating and numerous references Patterson weaves into his tale.  Treasure Hunters provides a Humanities education in a rollicking good story!

As a fifth grade teacher who has already had her students read the first ten chapters of Treasure Hunters online, I know this is an engaging novel which students will not want to put down!

The book is on sale as of Monday, September 16, 2013!  Go to to order a hard copy or Kindle version, or to Barnes & Noble to order a hard copy or Nook version.  Both sites also offer a free preview of the first ten chapters.



New James Patterson YA novel “Treasure Hunters” – first 10 chapters FREE!

TreasureHuntersFrom the amazing author James Patterson (“Kiss the Girls,” “Along Came A Spider” from the Alex Cross series and the wonderful “Middle School” series), comes a new YA novel which you can get a preview of now, even though it isn’t due out until September 16, 2013.

“Treasure Hunters” tells the story of Bick, Beck, Tommy and Storm who begin a hunt for “a shipwreck full of gold, some long-lost artifacts and world-famous paintings, AND their missing parents — IMMEDIATELY, IF NOT SOONER.”   The writing is typical Patterson: engaging, entertaining and entirely hard to put down!  The illustrations (by Juliana Shulman) will capture any intermediate and middle-schooler’s attention.

You can download the first ten chapters onto your Kindle by going to here, OR you can go to ISSUU and read them online here.

Once you’ve read the first ten, I am pretty sure you will want to pre-order the book!