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    I'm not sure this is the right forum, but I'm looking for book suggestions, so I figured the forum librarian (or anyone else for that matter) might be able to help me.

    My nephews recently visited, and while they were here, they got their hands on my A Treasure's Trove book. The possibility of finding "real treasure" put a gleam in their eyes unlike any I'd seen before. Although it appears there is still treasure out there to find from ATT, I think the puzzles were just a tiny tad to difficult for these youngsters - ages 12 and 7.

    Christmas is approaching, and I'm interested in finding some similar books that will be equally as interesting to these two boys. Anyone have any suggestions? They enjoyed the simplicity of solving the poem in ATT, but anything more complicated than that might be too much for them. I don't want them getting frustrated over it.

    I looked through all the links here to see if there was anything with "real" treasure that was possible for them to solve, but everything seems too adult-oriented for them. I think it would be too difficult.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? I don't have children, so I'm not familiar with some of the more popular books out there -- parents or anyone else familiar with children's puzzle books -- please fill me in on the ones that you know about!
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    There is a fiction book, called The Last Treasure, about a supposed treasure hidden inside a family compound. There aren't puzzles to solve, but it's a great story and a good mystery.

    There is also The Eleventh Hour, by Graeme Base, which has solvable puzzles designed for that age (but they'll probably need some guidance).

    The third recommendation is "The Westing Game" which is a solveable mystery. No pictures, but it's still pretty cool (ages 9-12).

    Hope those help

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    I loved The Westing Game! I tried to re-read it again, but I already knew the answers... it was somewhat disappointing the second time because I couldn't guess. But still! It's a lot of fun.

    Another way to find some books geared toward that age group is to visit amazon.com and search for ATT. They have a list of similar books listed in the page, and most of them are geared to that age group, excluding the Whistle Pig.

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    most of the fun is in the hunt - I traveled with my daughter on a hunt and while on our journey we found some jeweled insects at a craft fair and a flea market - these we plan to use to create our own hunts here at home.
    There is a lot of good info in MS's book about puzzling which combined with a bit of creativity can be used to create your own hunts for the boys! all depends on how much effort you wish to expend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by backgammonbob
    most of the fun is in the hunt - I traveled with my daughter on a hunt and while on our journey we found some jeweled insects at a craft fair and a flea market - these we plan to use to create our own hunts here at home.
    There is a lot of good info in MS's book about puzzling which combined with a bit of creativity can be used to create your own hunts for the boys! all depends on how much effort you wish to expend.
    Putting on my own treasure hunt is most definitely something I planned to do for these kids -- it's a great idea! I was going to put something together along those lines when they came to visit last - an idea definitely born out of my own interest in ATT. But, I thought I'd get them thinking about it first, and get them practicing on puzzling so they'll be ready when I actually put it together.

    I plan to make it elaborate, complete with a 'fake' story about how the treasure got onto my property, so that it seems real to them. If I pull it off right, I'll bet it'll be something they'll never forget!

    Thanks for the great ideas, folks...I'll definitely look into all of them, but please keep your suggestions coming! I am really excited about being able to interest these two in reading.
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    My two favorite puzzle books from when I was little are Puzzle Island by Paul Adshead and The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base (already pointed out by cabunk.) Both are intended for a younger age group with very illustrative pictures, I still look through them for the art alone. Animalia also by Graeme Base is a puzzle book but I dont remember the premise of the puzzle (it is an alphabet book) or how difficult it was. Hope this helps!

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    Edit: Now that you've reminded me of these books, I'm looking at the rest of Graeme Base's books and recommend everyone with a kid should at least take a glance at them

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