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Celtic Run by Sean Vogel

Friday, January 18, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

'Jake, a 14-year-old gadget whiz, didn't plan on a summer full of treasure, thieves, and danger. He just got lucky.
While in Ireland on a class trip, Jake stumbles upon the first clue to a treasure missing from the Spanish Armada. Jake sees the riches as his chance to buy back the family sailboat and restore a piece of the life he enjoyed before his father was critically injured in an accident. Desperate to find the treasure, Jake teams up with Zach, his nemesis and class bully, and two girls in a clue-hunting chase across the Dingle Peninsula. Dodging would-be thieves, exchanging wisecracks with Zach, and concocting ingenious devices to get them out of scrapes, Jake leads the team as they connect piece after piece to the more than 400-year-old mystery. Jake, a 14-year-old gadget whiz, didn't plan on a summer full of treasure, thieves, and danger. He just got lucky.'

Treasure? Clues to find the treasure? Say no more, I'm hooked!

The riddles that lead the four kids to find the treasure were quite difficult, and required them to look at it in an abstract way. These riddles added a new element of mystery into the book, one that I really liked.

I really didn't like Zach and Jake's relationship. I felt it was fake and would never happen in real life. Their incessant bantering got on my nerves a lot in this book. And Julie, who was supposed to be his best friend, never once berated Zach for being so mean to her best friend.

The depth of the characters was very deep, all with the exception of Julie. Zach was a charatcer with lots of depth, while Julie seemed stereotyped, and only in the book as a romantic interest for Jake. Julie seemed to also be like the damsel in distress, relying on Jake when she and Zach broke up. Although we saw Zach as mean and rude in the first few pages, by the end, we finally know why he's like that way. Maggie is a girl who loves dancing but gave it up to help her parents. Jake is a boy who has his own problems with a father who's critically injured. They all had their own problems and were not stereotyped like Julie was.

I loved how Mr. and Mrs. O'Connell, along with their daughter Maggie, were used to portray the ideal family life Jake would love to have. I think it makes Jake realise that a sailboat wasn't necessary for his father and him to reconnect again.

All in all, this book was still a solid read, so I rate it a 3 stars out of 5 stars. It may not suit my tastes, as I like reading books with more complexity, but it will certainly satisfy its targeted audience, which are middle-grade students.

Keep reading and loving books,


(I got a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)

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