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Missing on Superstition Mountain

Superstition Mountain Mysteries

Elise Broach; illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

It’s summer and the three Barker brothers—Simon, Henry, and Jack—just moved from Illinois to Arizona. Their parents have warned them repeatedly not to explore Superstition Mountain, which is near their home. But when their cat Josie goes missing, they see no other choice. There’s something unusually creepy about the mountain and after the boys find three human skulls, they grow determined to uncover the mystery. Have people really gone missing over the years, and could there be someone or some thing lurking in the woods? Together with their new neighbor Delilah, the Barker boys are dead-set on cracking the case even if it means putting themselves in harm’s way.

Here’s the first book in an action-packed mystery series by a New York Times bestselling author.

Missing on Superstition Mountain is a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Fiction title for 2011.

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CHAPTER 1
JOSIE RUNS AWAY
 

THE DAY JOSIE RAN AWAY was the beginning of everything—the bones in the canyon, the haunted mountain, the buried treasure, the town full of secrets—but the Barker boys didn’t know it then. All they knew was that Josie was missing, again, and they had to find her. It would be harder here, in this strange place in the middle of the desert. But they had no idea how hard, or what else they would find while they were looking.
Josie and the Barker boys had just moved to an old brown-shingled house in Superstition, Arizona, a town
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Praise for Missing on Superstition Mountain

“In this novel for children ages 8-12 she [Elise Broach] purposely leaves storylines dangling, the better perhaps to lure us back for sequels that will (we hope!) disclose what has gone missing on Superstition Mountain.” –The Wall Street Journal

“A spine-tingling adventure unfolds over the course of swift-moving short chapters, enhanced by Caparo's engaging black-and-white illustrations throughout.” –Shelf Awareness

“Children will be pleased by the mountain climbing and clue-finding aspects.” –School Library Journal

“Broach follows her acclaimed Masterpiece with an exciting adventure set in a real-life Arizona mountain range that boasts numerous legends about colorful historical figures, unsolved murders, strange disappearances, and rumors of a hidden gold mine . . . . Classic horror and thriller elements combine with modern touches in Broach's page-turner, a very promising start to this series.” –Starred, Publishers Weekly

"With the unusual setting, the lure of mystery and adventure, and a certain innocence reminiscent of the Boxcar Children series, this story should find a ready audience.” –Booklist

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MISSING ON SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN by Elise Broach, Antonio Javier CaparoKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of MISSING ON SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN . This engrossing mystery pits three brothers recently transplanted from Chicago against the rocky caverns of Arizona's Superstition Mountain.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Elise Broach; illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo

  • Elise Broach is the New York Times bestselling author of books for children and young adults, including Desert Crossing, Masterpiece and Shakespeare’s Secret, as well as several picture books. Her books have been selected as ALA notable books, Junior Library Guild selections, an E.B. White Read Aloud Award, and nominated for an Edgar Award, among other distinctions. Ms. Broach holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Yale University. She was born in Georgia and lives in the woods of rural Connecticut, walking distance from three farms, a library, a post office and two country stores.  Antonio Javier Caparo has illustrated many books for children, including The Magic Thief series and The Young Reader's Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream. He lives in Montreal, Canada.
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Missing on Superstition Mountain

Superstition Mountain Mysteries

Elise Broach; illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo

Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master Lis, MO MASL's Readers Awards - MASTER LIST, CT Summer Reading List - Master List, Children's Crown Collection (National Christian Schools Asso
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