A Key to the Treasure

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AuthorHouse, Nov 1, 2004 - Fiction - 212 pages
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Donnie Chronister, 15, sails with his family toward the Florida Keys. Their goal: a lost key where Spanish treasure may be buried. This becomes Donnie's obsession, although many obstacles lie ahead on their voyage. They delight in beautiful sailing days, snorkeling in clear waters, seeing gorgeous sunsets and brilliant star-lit nights, and the camaraderie among the youthful crew members. At last they find the key that may contain lost treasure. What lies beneath the small island's sands, however, is less important than their discovery of the deeper meaning of "a key to the treasure." In this fast-moving story the author's creative skill and long experience with sailing have produced an entertaining and inspiring narrative for young readers.

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About the author (2004)

James S. Chesnut grew up and graduated from college in the Southwest,  then attended Yale University where he earned  M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.  He has taught in large universities, but most of his career was spent as professor of humanities and religious studies at a select liberal arts college in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Much of his writing and publication has been in his academic field, including books, articles, and book reviews. Fiction became his primary creative interest in recent years, and he has produced numerous short stories and magazine articles, an autobiography, and two full-length novels.

A Key to the Treasure is his first novel for young readers and comes out of his experience on dozens of sailboat cruises, often with his own children as crew members. He  is able to depict the intricacies of handling a cruising sailboat as well as the often complex interaction of crew members in a variety of conditions at sea.    

James S. Chesnut holds a Coast Guard Captain’s license and has taught sailing courses at all levels. He also has crewed aboard racing and cruising boats of many types. His sailing venues have included Long Island Sound, Chesapeake Bay, and the Pacific Ocean around Oahu, Hawaii. Since 1963 the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the coastline of  west Florida have been the areas  for most of his sea-going ventures.

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