Scenes from 'Missing in Paradise'

In the book Nate and Simon search for lost treasure. These are a few scenes from the story...
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We read the rest of the article together. The missing plane, a Bellanca Aircruiser, had been the largest plane in a fleet belonging to Northern Airways. On the way to Winnipeg from The Pas, a mining town in northern Manitoba, the plane and its shipment of gold coins disappeared. (p.96)

We read the rest of the article together. The missing plane, a Bellanca Aircruiser, had been the largest plane in a fleet belonging to Northern Airways. On the way to Winnipeg from The Pas, a mining town in northern Manitoba, the plane and its shipment of gold coins disappeared. (p.96)

I pulled out a brown leather briefcase with two handles. Tiny scratches etched the worn surface, and a deep gash ran across the front flap like a scar along a prize-fighter's arm. (p. 3)

I pulled out a brown leather briefcase with two handles. Tiny scratches etched the worn surface, and a deep gash ran across the front flap like a scar along a prize-fighter's arm.

The box, covered in layers of masking tape, looked ordinary, sturdy and about the size of a small microwave oven. (p. 2)

The box, covered in layers of masking tape, looked ordinary, sturdy and about the size of a small microwave oven. (p. 2)

"You been here lately?" I asked Simon. "Nope. Not since that last time." I expected as much.  We had an unspoken agreement. The tree house was joint property. Neither one of us entered it without the other. (p.17)

" I asked Simon. Not since that last time." I expected as much. We had an unspoken agreement. The tree house was joint property. Neither one of us entered it without the other.

On the way back to Gram's, I stopped by the garage in her backyard.  Gramps' old brown Buick stood in front of it, dust-covered from months of sitting idle. (p. 21)

On the way back to Gram's, I stopped by the garage in her backyard. Gramps' old brown Buick stood in front of it, dust-covered from months of sitting idle.

I unfolded the letter, typed on official Bank of Montreal stationery. Dear Mr. Wheeler, In response to your query about Shipment #35, which disappeared somewhere north of the Paradise region of Manitoba, please be informed that the gold coins have never been recovered. (p. 27)

I unfolded the letter, typed on official Bank of Montreal stationery. Dear Mr. Wheeler, In response to your query about Shipment #35, which disappeared somewhere north of the Paradise region of Manitoba, please be informed that the gold coins have never been recovered. (p. 27)

An image flickered into mind. Gramps' map. I remembered another dot just below Paradise, not far away along the same highway.  The town of Minnedosa. (p. 33)

An image flickered into mind. I remembered another dot just below Paradise, not far away along the same highway. The town of Minnedosa.

I hauled a puck-shaped object out of my pocket and rubbed my thumb over the tarnished brass shell. "Looks like an old compass."  (p. 46)

I hauled a puck-shaped object out of my pocket and rubbed my thumb over the tarnished brass shell. "Looks like an old compass.

Frenzied activity took up the next forty-five minutes.  Dashing to the corner to catch the transit bus. Transferring to another.  Arriving at the Greyhound terminal. Racing to the ticket counter with just minutes to spare... (p. 57)

Frenzied activity took up the next forty-five minutes. Dashing to the corner to catch the transit bus. Transferring to another. Arriving at the Greyhound terminal. Racing to the ticket counter with just minutes to spare.

The security guard eyed my backpack and waved me on, but when he spotted Simon's giant one, he put up his hand. "Hold it, kid. Way too big. It's gotta go in the baggage compartment below." (p. 57)

The security guard eyed my backpack and waved me on, but when he spotted Simon's giant one, he put up his hand. "Hold it, kid. Way too big. It's gotta go in the baggage compartment below.


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