Missing in Paradise by Larry Verstraete

Missing in Paradise by Larry Verstraete

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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.

Softcover: ISBN 9780994839909

eBook: ISBN 9780994839916
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Recommended: Grade 4-9, age 9-14
Middle Grade, Humour, Mystery, Adventure
Teamwork, grandparents, curiosity, problem-solving
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
Shipping Weight: 200 g

Recognition & Reviews:

Shortlisted: Manitoba Book Awards, McNally Robinson Book for Young People (older category)
Shortlisted: MYRCA 2016 (Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards)
Listed: Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens
Resource Links Rating: Good/Excellent


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.