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The Lost Treasure of Talus Scree

Adam Osterweil | Illustrated by Peter Thorpe

A fast-paced fantasy adventure.

In the land of Talus Scree magical rocks yield powers to those who use them. Hover rocks allow kids to hover on air as if they were on a skateboard; clone rocks will duplicate anything; and flavor rocks will cook up a great meal. Good (the Protector of Light and the Angel of Beauty) struggles against evil (the Overlord of Darkness and the Gremlin of Mischief) for control of Talus Scree. Kiffin, a blue-haired twelve-year-old, grows up on Misty Island in privilege. While the adults, including his parents, slave away in Prince Mischief’s mines and the children go to mining school, Kiffin is free to wander the island and do what he wants. He even has a yerble, Shelfy, a rare, magical creature that can shape-shift into any animal, except enchanted beasts or mutants. When Kiffin finds the key to the lost treasure of Talus Scree, he and Shelfy embark on an adventure to find the treasure and save the world.


  • Ages: 9 - 11
  • Grades: 4 - 6
  • Pages: 152

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Recent Reviews

A fast-paced, easy-to-follow adventure … just the thing for some reluctant readers, especially fans of graphic novels and video games.

School Library Journal

Quick pace and clear plot.

—Voice of Youth Advocates

This intricate plot is rich in fantasy. The author invents two-headed beasts, enchanted spells, dancing flowers, glowing fangs, black holes, and oracles in the classic fight of good versus evil. The illustrations are outstanding and can assist the reader in comprehending the imaginative text.

—Children's Literature

This fast-paced, action-packed middle grade novel reads at the same pace of the first Indiana Jones movie, which is sure to keep even reluctant readers turning the pages.

—ALAN Review