With the aid of a trained dolphin, this story describes how two children discover a buried treasure trove of gold in the waters of the Caribbean. The author is a journalist for the "Financial Times" and illustrator Mark Hudson won the 1988 Macmillan Prize for a Children's Picture Book.
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Grade 6-9-- Vicky's mother trains dolphins for an aquarium near the Colombian Bell Reef. During a school holiday, Vicky and Daniel, a local teenager who works at the aquarium, stumble upon what may be an undersea treasure. They take a dolphin out to sea with them, and it brings up proof that they have found an important wreck. While the portrayal of dolphins and their training is well done, Vicky and Daniel ' s actions and their consequences are questionable. Their diving feats (all done without equipment) are implausible, and it is difficult to believe that Daniel would not be fired for taking a dolphin without permission. Island life is romanticized , while the poverty of Daniel's family is glossed over. Todd Strasser's Beyond the Reef (Delacorte, 1989) is a more credible and convincing look at treasure hunting. --Susan H. Williamson, Homer-Center School District, PA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descripción Macmillan Children's Books, 1990. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Mark Hudson Ilustrador. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0333489225