Grandpa Thrifty’s Treasure Hunt

There is a fun, interactive Kindle book you should definitely try. Grandpa Thrifty’s Treasure Hunt is great for all ages.  Great especially for those who love adventure, word games and geocaching.

Basically, you download the Kindle book written by Stanford Squirrel and his Grandpa Thrifty.  I love the nicknames. It is pretty inexpensive at $2.99. This book gives you clues to finding Grandpa Thrifty’s real coin collection via this story and illustrations. According to the website and the Amazon product page, there is a medallion hidden in a tree on public property somewhere in the US.  Once you find the right tree, the medallion won’t be hard to find.

If you uncover this medallion, you win Grandpa Thrifty’s coin collection, worth $10,269.01.

I was skeptical at first, but the reviews are nothing less than 5 stars.


“I think it’s really great to engage kids (and adults) in reading, problem-solving, and combining that with an adventure in real life is very cool! This book is something everyone can enjoy, and should inspire good times all the way around. I admit, I’ll be out there looking with Grandpa Thrifty’s treasure map in hand…”


“Nothing fires up a kid’s imagination like a real treasure hunt. This one seems a little homemade, but it’s funny and charming and the price is right. We’re in. My kids can’t wait! ”

You can check out the Grandpa Thrifty’s Treasure Hunt  website that provides more information about the book, and the rules to the game.  You’ll also find some helpful hints that can aid your progress along the way.

Technology has made us so sedentary because of all of the sitting at the computer or playing video games. Creative stories like Grandpa Thrifty can get us moving again and fuel our imaginations.  It takes reading to a whole new level.

I am eager to see how hard it will be to uncover the clues that reach the treasure.  Until then, happy hunting!

Robert Louis Stevenson – A Selection of Free Kindle Classics

The Kindle Store has a number of timeless classics available for free on the Kindle and Kindle DXTreasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson is one of them.  It is an exciting tale of treachery and adventure for both children and adults.

Jim Hawkins is the official protagonist of the book.  He is a young boy who gets swept along on a pirate treasure hunt with Billy Bones, Long John Silver and several other interesting characters.  Long John Silver outshines everyone else in the story as he is involved with a group who plot to kill everyone on the ship and take the treasure themselves.

It has been awhile since I’ve read the book.  Since it is free for the Kindle and has such raving reviews, I think I need to sit down and read it again.

Many are familiar with Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but very few have actually read the book.  It is a quick read.  The Kindle edition is free.  Once you read it, you’ll find that there’s much more to the book than the dual personality comparison we all like to reference to.

Dr. Jekyll creates a potion that turns him into a different man.  This is Mr. Hyde.  The best way to describe him is “the devil on our shoulder.”  The story is told from the point of view of Mr. Utterson, a friend of Dr. Jekyll’s.  There is a lot of emotion and grief in this story, as well as a disturbing plot that takes many twists and turns.

One reviewer sums up the book’s theme well: “It’s a book on morality and what would happen if we gave in to every evil thought we ever had. The theme is timeless and so this book will remain a classic.”

A couple more books by Stevenson that are lesser known, but still excellent, are The Black Arrow and KidnappedThe Black Arrow is set during the War of the Roses.  Sixteen year old Dick Shelton is thrust in the middle of the war and forced to battle pirates, an evil priest and even Sir Daniel Brackley, his legal guardian.  His ultimate goals are to become a Knight and rescue his true love.  You’ll find an little bit of everything: action, mystery and romance all mixed into one book.

Kidnapped is another action packed novel that portrays a hero who outlasts treachery and deceit to claim his rightful inheritance.  This time, the hero is David Balfour. After his father’s death, he seeks to claim his inheritance from his evil uncle.  Balfour gets caught up in a number of crazy events including a murder mystery throughout his adventure.

Stevenson does an excellent job of portraying the language of the time: pirate vernacular, Middle age dialect and Scottish dialect.  If you have never used your Kindle’s look up tool, now’s your chance.