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Adventure USA - MASSACHUSETTS! The Stolen Spyglass

Barbara Larmon Failing

Eleven-year-old twins, Josh and Lizzie Parker, and their travel-blogging parents are off on a new adventure, this time to Nantucket Island off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Aboard a ferry to the island, the twins meet Sara Coleman Clarke, or Grams, as her friends call her. Grams is desperate to boost her struggling family museum and has organized a Spyglass Spectacle gala to raise money for exciting improvements. Baxter Benedict, a long-time friend and famous collector, has finally agreed to allow the museum to display his most treasured item: a priceless antique spyglass that once belonged to Nantucket whaling captain, Reuben Coffin.


Suddenly, the spyglass turns up missing from its locked showcase. Mr. Benedict is furious at this unimaginable loss, and the future of the museum is in danger. With the Spyglass Spectacle just days away, will the twins, along with their new friend, Maya Benedict, be able to piece together a complex web of clues and recover the spyglass before it's lost forever?


Readers aged 8-12 years old will relish this exciting adventure-mystery set on Nantucket Island off the coast of Cape Cod. Strong characters and a plot filled with twists and turns will entice readers of every age, including reluctant readers, parents, and educators.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Forestdale Press, LLC
  • Publish Date: May 30th, 2024
  • Pages: 168
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 5.50in - 0.39in - 0.48lb
  • EAN: 9780991650958
  • Recommended age: 08-12
  • Categories: General

About the Author

Failing, Barbara Larmon: - "Barbara Larmon Failing's new project is Adventure USA, a middle-grade adventure series set across the United States. "MASSACHUSETTS! The Stolen Spyglass" is Book 2 of this series. She has enjoyed using her experience living in different states to craft adventures for 3rd - 6th graders. Barbara is also the author of "Lasso Lou and Cowboy McCoy," "Summer Success," and "School Success." She has reviewed children's books for Parent ABCs and The Press of Atlantic City. Barbara's joy is reading and writing and encouraging children to share that joy. A former reading specialist and elementary school teacher, she guided her first graders through the process of writing their own books, which were "published" and shared with others. Later, as a fifth-grade teacher, her students became editors and created a monthly school newspaper. Part of a US Public Health Service family, Barbara has lived in many areas of the United States, including New England, the Mid-Atlantic region, the Midwest, the West Coast, and Alaska. She now lives in the Midwest with her family. Writing and traveling are two of her passions, along with reading, biking, birding, and quilting. Visit her at https: //barbaralarmonfailing.com"

Praise for this book

"The Stolen Spyglass is a thrilling adventure-mystery. In the company of Josh and Lizzie, we are immediately thrust into a series of events that steadily build tension toward a last-minute, unexpected twist. I read it with my niece and nephew and found myself just as engrossed in the story as they were, relishing every moment."

Michele, Illustrator and teacher, Tennessee


"I was fortunate to get an advanced copy of MASSACHUSETTS! The Stolen Spyglass. I found the characters and location descriptions so well written that I could imagine myself there. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading about the twins' next adventure."

M. Blum, Columbus, Ohio


"Readers will be caught up in the twins' latest exciting adventure mystery set on Nantucket Island."

Susan Masters, Middle-grade author and former teacher, New York


"Set on Nantucket, MASSACHUSETTS! The Stolen Spyglass, is an appealing and delightful adventure tale. Barbara Larmon Failing has a talent for immediately drawing the reader into a story that has a suspenseful plot and interesting characters."

D. Finn, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


"The twins are very quick-thinking as they unravel the clues in this second book of the Adventure USA series! Readers will love following Josh and Lizzie as they meet new friends and make a big impact on the community!"

Susan, Grandmother of 3 and retired elementary school teacher, New Jersey