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Family Time Laughs and Adventure with Treasure Hunters

I am always on the looking for great family read-alouds. I find that a great family read aloud has just enough adventure to keep kids on their toes. This means there needs to be some risk, but you don’t want your characters to be in any real danger. Ideally, there should be some humor thrown in to ease the tension and promote family bonding. This month, we received the task of reading Treasure Hunters: Peril at the Top of the World for this sponsored post. It fits these read-aloud criteria perfectly!

Family laughs and adventure with Treasure Hunters

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Family Time Laughs and Adventure with Treasure Hunters: Peril at the Top of the World

Treasure Hunters: Peril at the Top of the World is the fourth in a series written by celebrated author James Patterson. We hadn’t read the three preceding books. We plan to read them SOON, but we were able to thoroughly enjoy this book without reading the previous titles.

What We Love About Treasure Hunters

Here are our favorite features of these books:

  • They feature a family that works together and stays together.
  • The parents have great relationships with one another, and the kids are all good friends despite four very different personalities.
  • The plot, while not realistic, works in the context of the book because of the parents’ background.
  • The book teaches facts about several different parts of the world as the family travels.
  • The book includes challenges at the end to get young readers thinking and solving puzzles.

At one point I was afraid that the book was falling into a stereotype about people from a certain country. One of the kids jumped to the stereotype conclusion, and the mom explained why the stereotype was inaccurate. The plot backed up the mom’s explanation. I was impressed! This type of storytelling, even within a highly fantastical plot, can do a lot to reduce prejudice.

Video Review

It’s hard to capture enthusiasm in print, so my ten-year-old daughter Emma and I put together a mini video review for you. Warning: this review contains a couple plot spoilers!

Here is a shorter video from Instagram that is spoiler-free :)



A video posted by MaryAnne (@mamasmiles) on


The Treasure Hunter Series Books in Order

We just added the other three Treasure Hunters books to our reading lists. Here is the entire series in order:

  1. Treasure Hunters
  2. Treasure Hunters: Danger Down the Nile
  3. Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City
  4. Treasure Hunters: Peril at the Top of the World

I love discovering a new series like this that will the kids in books (for a few days, at least!)

Engage young readers with the thrilling excitement without just enough danger of Treasure Hunters

How You Know a Book is Truly Awesome for Kids

The true test of a great read-aloud is if your kids pick it up to read to themselves when you aren’t reading. As you can tell, this book easily passes that test! The entertaining illustrations on every page make it an entertaining silent read.

Have you read any of the Treasure Hunters books? Do you have another book that you recommend to our family as a read-aloud? Here are more of our favorite read-alouds!

I wrote this post as part of a compensated campaign with MomSelect. All my opinions are my own. Emma’s opinions are also her own.

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7 thoughts on “Family Time Laughs and Adventure with Treasure Hunters”

  1. Natalie PlanetSmartyPants

    Hmm… I read his books for adults and enjoyed them. I am curious to check this series out. And it’s perfect for your family with 4 kids :)

  2. We love read alouds, actually I should rephrase that. I love to LISTEN to read alouds, I do a lot of reading aloud for school, so listening is wonderful.

  3. Elisa | blissful E

    Yay! So fun that a great author like Patterson is writing kids’ books. I can imagine it is well-plotted. We enjoyed your spoiler-free video. :)

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