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Foreman School Visit

James visited Foreman recently and was delighted with how excited the students were about his books. It was a school visit that he will not forget. James was invited to eat with a few of the leaders of the reading counts program and enjoyed the meal and discussions.

“Foreman was great to me and I want to thank them for everything.” Lunch with the Author - Foreman

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Family Finds Todd’s Treasure!

“I want this treasure hunt to get kids out of the house and involved in history.”       __________Author James Babb

The treasure hunt is doing exactly that!

 

Family Solves Clues And Are First to Find Todd’s Treasure

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Readers of Arkansas author James Babb’s historical fiction trilogy, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, THE DEVIL’S TRAP and THE DEVIL’S DEN, recently had the opportunity to go on a modern-day treasure hunt using clues from the story set near Fort Smith in 1881. The first to find the treasure could keep the items inside and sign the log, leaving the box for others to find. The little boy in THE DEVIL’S TRAP had hidden marbles, a necklace his father had worn, an arrowhead, a quartz crystal and several other items inside.

Bob Walter, from Batesville, and his granddaughter Ashlyn Latus, a first grader at Sequoyah Elementary in Russellville, used the clues from the books to successfully find the hidden treasure. According to Walters, he went through the books and marked everything he thought was a clue to the treasure location. Then he spent about a week researching Fort Smith and looking at old maps and historical accounts, trying to match clues to the ground. He said total research time was about two weeks.

Once in Fort Smith, the four generations of family – Walter’s mom, wife Kathy, daughter Sarah and her husband Robert Latus, and grandchildren Ashlyn and Zoey – spent several hours scouting out possible locations for the treasure. Once they had eliminated all areas but one, they spent about an hour searching for a particular match to an important clue. Walter said his granddaughter Ashlyn figured out the clue, and a short time later began to scream, “We found it! We found it!” In addition to the items from the story, Ashlyn Latus wins free autographed books, a free author visit from James Babb to her school, and a pizza party.

“I will always remember Ashlyn’s expression when she opened the box. It was a mixture of excitement, joy and happiness. She will not forget this experience, ever.”        ___________Bob Walter

 

Bob’s family will receive the prizes for being the first to find the treasure but the hunt is not over. Take your family on an adventure they will not soon forget. Go look for Todd’s Treasure.

 

 

 

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Free School Visit? The Devil’s Den Treasure Hunt Update

The Hunt Has Started!

The Devil’s Den book has been released and the treasure hunt has started. Many of the items inside have been listed on this website and one of them has created much interest, a FREE school visit.  If the person who finds the treasure is a student, James will visit their school for free. If the finder is not a student, then James will visit an Arkansas school of their choice.

While hunting for the treasure, you will not need to trespass on anyone’s personal property and you will not need to dig. No Digging.

Good Luck!

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The Devil’s Den Treasure Hunt James Babb

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This is one of the items in Todd’s Treasure Box. It’s a gold coin! Don’t get too excited, it’s a replica. Ames gave Brody some of these coins and you can own one too! Be sure to preorder your book HERE so you can get a head start on the treasure hunt!

Brody and Todd hid the treasure box in 1881 and it was never found. It’s hidden in Fort Smith and if you are the first to find it, you can keep Todd’s Treasures! You can use clues in this series of books to get you there. The Devil’s Den will be released October 1st 2017! Get your treasure hunting brain ready.

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The Devil’s Den James Babb Preorders

Hot off the press! Advance copies of James Babb’s newest installment in The Devil’s Backbone series! Fans of Brody and Ames don’t have to wait much longer! You can place prepublication orders at plumstreetpublishers.com.

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Get Ready! The Devil’s Den Treasure Hunt starts soon!

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This is one of the items in Todd’s Treasure Box. It’s a real arrowhead like Todd had in The Devil’s Trap. This tiny arrowhead was actually found by the author while he was hunting in Arkansas.

Brody and Todd hid the treasure box in 1881 and it was never found. It’s hidden in Fort Smith and if you are the first to find it, you can keep Todd’s Treasures! You can use clues in this series of books to get you there. The Devil’s Den will be released September 2017! Get your treasure hunting brain ready.

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Todd’s Treasure Box Items – Arkansas Crystal

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Get Ready! When The Devil’s Den is released the hunt will start!

This is one of the items in Todd’s Treasure Box. It’s a real Arkansas crystal like Todd had in The Devil’s Trap. This crystal was actually found by the author while he was hunting in Arkansas.

Brody and Todd hid the treasure box in 1881 and it was never found. It’s there and if you are the first to find it, you can keep Todd’s Treasures! You can use clues in this series of books to get you there. The Devil’s Den will be released Sept. 2017! Get your treasure hunting brain ready.

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Todd’s Treasure Box Items -Fur Pelt

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Get Ready! When The Devil’s Den is released the hunt will start!

This is one of the items in Todd’s Treasure Box. It’s a fur pelt like Brody and Joseph had in The Devil’s Trap. Trapping was a huge part of life in the 1800’s.

Brody and Todd hid the treasure box in 1881 and it was never found. It’s there and if you are the first to find it, you can keep Todd’s Treasures! You can use clues in this series of books to get you there. The Devil’s Den will be released Sept. 2017! Get your treasure hunting brain ready.

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Todd’s Treasure Box Item – Fort Smith Map

Todd’s Treasure Is Out There!
Get ready. When The Devil’s Den is released, you will have all the clues you need!

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This is one of the items in Todd’s Treasure Box. It’s a map of the Fort Smith area from the 1800’s. This is the map Joseph had in The Devil’s Trap. James used it when writing the Brody Martin series to help him with place names from the era.

Brody and Todd hid the treasure box in 1881 and it was never found. It’s there and if you are the first to find it, you can keep Todd’s Treasures! You can use clues in this series of books to get you there. The Devil’s Den will be released Sept. 2017! Get your treasure hunting brain ready.

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The Arkansas Association of School Librarians Conference 2016

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James will be speaking at the Arkansas School Librarians Conference in Little Rock, Friday July 22nd.

At 9:15AM in the Hobby room you will hear James discuss writing, reluctant readers, and how kids are connecting with the Brody Martin series. If you have a question for the Q&A after his session, please send it to him at his Twitter or Facebook. Or email SilverinkBooks at Windstream.net

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