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A Boy Called Duct Tape by Christopher Cloud

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 decided 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 experience 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 assert the treasure as their very own.

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You are also only an hour's drive from the heart of Kansas City.  Far West quickly became second in population among western Missouri cities, until non­Mormon settlers drove the Saints to Nauvoo, Illinois, and later to the Great Salt Lake in Utah.  Common springtime plants include trout lilies, May apples, touch­me­nots, and Dutchman's­breeches.  The park entrance is two miles off the interstate.  and is open year­round.  Shady picnic areas abound.  Electric motors only are allowed for boats, and horses are prohibited on all trails.

Giant cottonwoods tower in the bottomland forests along the Thompson River, and yellow lady slipper orchids and ferns adorn moist, rocky ledges. Directions: The park is four miles west of Trenton on Highway 146. M.  The park contains numerous picnic areas, an enclosed shelter, grills, playground equipment, and a paved tennis court.  Horses are allowed only on the River Forks trail. Pets must always be leashed. Further Information: Park Superintendent, Crowder State Park, 76 Highway 128, Trenton, MO 64683; 816­359­6473.

Permits and Rules: Pets must always be leashed. Further Information: Site Administrator, Battle of Athens State Historic Site, RR 1, Box 26, Revere, MO 63465; 660­877­3871.  Let your imagination run as you walk on the remnants of the old street grid next to the foundations of homes long gone, and see where an early Civil War showdown raged for almost two hours. Caution: There are several stream crossings, and the Stallion Branch may be difficult to cross after a rainy period.  Be sure to keep vehicles on the pavement.

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