Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 11 to 13
- Grade: 6 to 8
Sailing, scuba diving, and beautiful weather. It seems like a great impromptu vacation for thirteen-year-old Will and his older cousin Harley. But the vacation turns into a battle with crooks who are searching for a centuries-old treasure. A client of the family sail-making business in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia has asked the cousins to deliver his boat to Bermuda. Little do they know that the delivery job is not what it seems, and when they get to Bermuda they find themselves being forced at gunpoint to dive for a US Civil War-era blockade runner that is said to have sunk laden with gold.
As they try to foil the plans of the treasure-seekers, Will and Harley learn about the shipwreck, the Civil War blockades, and a connection to the Keith brewing family of Nova Scotia.
About the author
Eric Murphy spent summers sailing the Ottawa River. After writing his M.A. thesis in Quebec City, he worked in New York and Paris. He sails when visiting relatives in Halifax, and in Toronto where he lives with his family and their Jack Russell, Fitzroy. Eric works as an actor and writer. His previous sailing adventures, The Phantom's Gold and The Dead Man's Boot, have been popular with readers and tourists in Canada and the United States. The Phantom's Gold was a Resource Links Year's Best of 2013 selection, and was shortlisted for the 2015 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award.