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Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major

Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major

Adapted by: Ronald Kidd / Foreword by: Laura Bush / Illustrated by: Ard Hoyt
For Ages: 7 - 10
Imagine if you lived in the White House! The first book centers around three of Theodore Roosevelt's children, Kermit, Ethel and Archie. Their mother is away and they are left in the charge of a comical nanny named Mrs. Duffit and their President father, who is very preoccupied with the visit from a quirky Russian Ambassador, Count Cassini. Eager to keep the children out of trouble, President Roosevelt sends his children on a treasure hunt--just like Treasure Island, only in the White House. There are mysteries popping out of Dolley Madison paintings and strange goings-on in the attic--and the result is a rollicking good time and a crash course in American history too. Ron Kidd has masterfully adapted the script from the original play into a novel for us, and Ard Hoyt's playful illustrations are interspersed throughout.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 128 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442417243 | 
  • January 2011 | 
  • Grades 2 - 5
List Price $5.99

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Find the treasure, Archie,” said the ghost.

It appeared out of nowhere, a dim shape with gleaming eyes and a voice like sandpaper.

“B-but I’m just a kid,” I said.

“Find the treasure before the others,” said the ghost. “Find the treasure. Find the treasure. Find the treasure. . . .”

The voice faded out, and the shape melted away.

My name is Archie Roosevelt. I’m eleven years old. I live with my father, mother, five brothers and sisters, a rabbit, a pony, a macaw, and a ghost.

I never knew my house was haunted. But then, there were a lot of things I... see more

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