A Boy Called Duct Tape

By Christopher Cloud

Pablo Perez is a 12-year-old child with no a lot going for him. His classmates have dubbed him “Duct Tape” simply because his tattered discount-store footwear are held jointly with…you guessed it, duct tape. He can’t break out the bullying.

Pablo’s success adjustments after he reveals a $20 gold coin whereas swimming along with his sister in a river close to their domestic. Pablo later buys a $1 treasure map on the county reasonable. The map exhibits the path to the “lost treasure” of the infamous outlaw Jesse James. Pablo can’t aid yet ask yourself: Is there a hyperlink among the map and the gold coin?

He is set to determine, and he, his 9-year-old sister, Pia, and 13-year-old cousin, Kiki, rent an ill-mannered cave consultant, Monroe Huff, and start a treacherous underground event looking for treasure. Their treasure hunt is made extra perilous simply because they're being by means of the evil Blood brothers, who wish the treasure for themselves. The Blood brothers will cease at not anything to say the treasure as their very own.

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Is it like … harmful? ” “Not for me. ” “Oh. ” The cat, which were consuming from a bowl at Monroe’s ft, hopped up onto his lap and commenced washing its paws. “Can we speak enterprise, Mr. Huff? ” I requested, attempting to sound mature. “Talk. ” Monroe Huff was once grinning, yet for the lifetime of me, I couldn’t inform if it used to be a cheery grin or an evil grin. “There’s a cave we’d wish to locate and explore,” i started, battling to get each one be aware out. “We don’t understand precisely the place it’s positioned, yet now we have a map. ” “What form of map? ” “Uh, type of a unique map,” I stated, looking for the suitable phrases. Yeah, detailed. a unique one-dollar pretend map. all at once, the whole lot appeared infantile, and that i had the urge to show and run out of the cabin. yes, we had a map, should you may well name it that. A map that have been round for years. A map that everybody within the county had obvious. Why on this planet had i assumed the map was once anything exact? “What form of targeted map? ” Monroe requested, stroking his cat. “A treasure map,” Kiki acknowledged. “A treasure map? ” Monroe snorted a horselaugh. “You youngsters were looking at an excessive amount of television. ” Monroe laughed back, louder and longer. After his laughter had died, he stated, “You teenagers ever discover a cave? ” We shook our heads. “You can get undesirable misplaced in caves,” Monroe stated, leaning ahead in his rocking chair, his eyes roving, wild. “Most humans imagine cave exploring is like jogging down a lighted, four-lane street, with highway symptoms marking the way in which. ” He leaned again and started rocking, his finger tracing the cat’s correct ear. “Nothing should be farther from the reality. a few caves are like rat mazes, with miles and miles of tunnels. a few of these tunnels intersect, yet such a lot don’t. Take the sizeable Springs Cave approach in Kentucky, for instance. It snakes its approach underground for 350 miles. ” Monroe leaned ahead back, his eyes glowing with what should have been stable thoughts. “I be aware of. I hiked and crawled and stooped each muddy, rocky, watery mile of it. ” i began to talk, yet I wasn’t quickly adequate. “You,” Monroe acknowledged, leveling a finger at Kiki. “What’s a Bachman knot? ” Kiki shrugged. “Never heard of it. ” “You’ve by no means heard of it and but you will have terrible outdated Monroe to danger the single reliable lifestyles he has for you? ” He subsequent informed his finger at me. “What’s Moon Milk? ” “I-I don’t have a clue,” I stated, wishing in the mean time that i used to be in different places. “You don’t have a clue and but you will want a guy named Monroe Huff to move slowly into mom Cave in your behalf? ” Now his finger used to be geared toward Pia. “Tell me, candy pea, does water run uphill? ” Pia shook her head. “No method. ” Monroe threw his head again and laughed back. “Wrong. I’ve noticeable water run uphill in lots of a cave. ” “Mr. Huff,” I acknowledged, “all we'd like is—” “Caves are chilly and darkish, and jam-packed with rabid bats and bottomless holes. ” His finger ran up and down the cat’s nostril, and in a low voice, he acknowledged, “Mother Cave is the final frontier for these people trying to get away into the darkish unknown. ” there has been entire silence. Even the birds open air appeared to have stopped chirping.

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