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Young Whit and the Traitor's TreasureYoung Whit and the Traitor’s Treasure by Phil Lollar

Who would believe the Hardy Boys were real? Who would believe the same about Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer? How many young people fantasized living in those days and knowing them?
My granddaughter said, “As a kid I always thought it would be cool to be on Adventures in Odyssey.” From listening to those tapes and radio shows, she knows many of the characters including John Avery Whittaker (Whit) nearly as well as she does her own family members. But what does she know about young Whit? The answers about young Whittaker are coming into focus with the first in a series about him as a young person.
Focus on the Family’s Young Whit & the Traitor’s Treasure by Phil Lollar and Dave Arnold tells a ‘can’t go to sleep until I’ve finished it’ story.
Nine-year-old Whit and his family move to North Carolina for his father, Professor Whittaker, to work at Duke University in the mid-1930s. A new friendship is formed with a neighbor girl, then the new boy in school commits an unintentional faux-pas on a school assignment. The intelligent and daring Christian boy enlists his new neighbor to help solve a family mystery and break some small-town traditions based on facts hidden away to protect another family’s image.
The book is written for young readers, but the story held this octogenarian’s interest to the very end. And I believe it is a must read for any ten-year-old.

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