Missing in Paradise
by Larry Verstraete
Four months after Gramp's mysterious death, Nate helps out at Gram's garage sale. An eerie feeling, as if Gramps were reaching beyond the grave to send Nate a message, leads Nate to a box full of clues. A missing plane. A secret to keep. A map highlighting the route where Gramps died and the message, "Shipment #35-Gold."
Nate and his best friend, Simon, are convinced that Gramps was on a treasure hunt when he died. They're just as convinced that Gram's shifty next door neighbour, Fortier, is after the gold too. Nate and Simon sneak away on a Greyhound bus for the small town of Paradise where Nate is sure treasure awaits.
Can they find the gold before Fortier gets his thieving hands on a treasure that rightfully belongs to Gramps?
Larry Verstraete is an award winning author of 13 non-fiction books for young people. This is his first work of fiction.
Middle Grade Mystery
Themes: Teamwork, grandparents, curiosity, problem-solving
Softcover: $10.99, ISBN 9780994839909
Ebook: $9.99, ISBN 9780994839916
“A fast-paced first novel from an accomplished non-fiction writer. Younger boys in particular will plunge into Nate's quest to solve the mystery of his grandfather's death. A missing plane, a box, of clues and a treasure hunt—this book has it all.” ~ Jury, McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards 2015 (Older Category): Karen Bass, Kevin Marc Fournier, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
“An intriguing, well paced mystery, Missing in Paradise is one of the first publications of a new Winnipeg based publisher called Rebelight, and the first fiction foray from Verstraete, a noted author of nonfiction for young people.” ~Recommended. Todd Kyle, Canadian Review of Materials.
Shortlisted, McNally Robinson’s Best Book for Young People (Older Category) 2015
Shortlisted, 2016 MYRCA (Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award)
Recommended, 2015 Best Books, Canadian Children's Book Centre