A debut middle-grade adventure about a young teen who goes on a treasure hunt for undersea riches to help his ailing abuelo.
Twelve-year-old Fernando “Fin” joins his grandfather on a secret quest to find a long-lost treasure swept to sea. But when their first mission takes a near-deadly turn, leaving his abuelo weak and unable to speak, Fin’s left to navigate the hunt alone. Well, not exactly alone—his boring, totally unadventurous dad agrees to help out. With danger lurking at every turn, Fin dives into the mission in order to save Abuelo's life. But between Dad’s constant worrying, unwanted diving babysitters, and harrowing encounters in the deep sea, the boy finds himself in a race against time to locate the treasure. If he can’t succeed? He fears he might lose Abuelo for good.
S.A. Rodriguez's Treasure Tracks is a fast-paced story filled with heart and humor about the bonds of family, the meaning of a legacy, and most of all, the discovery of true treasure.
About the Author
S. A. Rodriguez is a writer, researcher, and former head of U.S. Hispanic marketing for Citibank, where she spent her career supporting diversity initiatives. She studied Communications at Loyola University in New Orleans and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami. She enjoys living near the coast of Miami with her family. Treasure Tracks is her first novel.
Florida's Sunshine State Young Readers Award Grades 6-8 Finalist
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
“Rodriguez packs a ton of local historical know-how and genuine humor into a seaworthy debut adventure. Lighthearted yet solid prose and quirky, delightful characters round out this swell tale of plucky fun under (and above) the sea. Here be treasure indeed.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Hits the mark with prickly characters, clues to a lost treasure, scuba diving, and blacktip sharks and barracudas . . . The author weaves in a strong sense of reverence for Floridian natural elements and marine life. The characters’ Cuban heritage is also worked into the plot, and Spanish is seamlessly sprinkled throughout . . . A high-octane middle grade adventure for fans of James Ponti’s City Spies.” —School Library Journal
“Real hurricane history and a hunt for sunken treasure—this book is gold!” —Alan Gratz, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Two Degrees
“S.A. Rodriguez's dazzling debut is an ocean adventure complete with sunken treasure, sharks, familial bonds, and cultural links that lead the reader down the path to discovering where the true treasure really lies.” —Pablo Cartaya, award-winning author of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamor