Treasure of Maria Mamoun

Written by Michelle Chalfoun

Twelve-year-old Maria lives a lonely, latchkey-kid's life in the Bronx. Her Lebanese mother is working two nursing jobs to keep them afloat. Then something happens one day between home and school that changes everything. Mom whisks them away to Martha's Vineyard, where she's found a job on a seaside estate. While the mysterious bedridden owner―a former film director―keeps her mother busy, Maria has the freedom to explore her new home. Making friends with a troublesome local character, Maria finds an old sailboat and an old map that she is sure will lead to pirate's plunder―but golden treasure may not be the most valuable thing she discovers for herself this special summer.

Age Range 8 - 12 years
Copyright Year
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Farrar Straus and Giroux
Grade Level 4th - 6th
Lexile 690