MG Book Review | The Forgotten Secret | Scott Clements

The Forgotten Secret

by Scott Clements ★★★★★

The Forgotten Secret

In this follow up to Gasparilla’s Treasure, Trip, Josh, and Sarah team up with mysterious adventurer Juan Gonzalez on a quest to unite The Triumvirate, a legendary trio of mystical items that when brought together, will give the holder unimaginable power.

Having already found one of the items, Trip and his friends embark on a new quest to find El León Sagrado de Fuerza, The Sacred Lion of Strength.

Trip’s efforts to stay one step ahead of evil forces that plan on using El León Sagrado de Fuerza to control mankind lead him on an adventure across multiple states—a race that challenges him to uncover the mysteries of “The Forgotten Secret.”  


My Review

This is another great story from Scott Clements.

The tale picks up a few months after Gasparilla’s Treasure, and Trip, Josh and Sarah have been riding on the wave of their discovery.

Then, along comes the very rich, Juan Gonzalez, a lifelong treasure hunter searching for the elusive El León Sagrado de Fuerza, The Sacred Lion of Strength. It seems that the piece of old map that the kids found in their last adventure is the missing piece in his quest. After some convincing, the kids team up with Gonzalez and embark on a journey to find and solve the final clues to the missing relic. There are plenty of twists, one which I expected, and another that I didn’t.

Throw into the mix a forgetful grandfather, a daring escape and a Goonies reference, and you have a fun ride. After witnessing my own parent, who in recent years succumbed to the terrible grip of dementia, Trip’s grandfather definitely endeared himself to me.  It bought a slight tear to my eye, as it was so nice that Scott gave him one more adventure.

Josh’s wit and goofy nature shone again, and he was my favourite character, as with the first book.  The hunt for The Sacred Lion of Strength leads the gang from their home to some great settings, including Washington D.C. If you want to know how it pans out, and how it ends, you’ll need to grab a copy and read the book yourself.

My Bottom Line: Another great adventure. I definitely recommend this book, as with all other Scott Clements books that I’ve read.

Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.


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11 responses to “MG Book Review | The Forgotten Secret | Scott Clements”

  1. What an awesome review Steve and huge congrats to Scott. You almost bought a tear to my eye too. I love stories with heart as well as adventure so thanks for bringing Scott’s wonderful sequel to our attention.


    1. Glad you liked the review Julie. Books can impact readers in different ways, sometimes it’s the subtle things that shine through.


  2. Great review, Steve. I loved the first Scott Clements book I read, and I’m looking forward to trying this one!


    1. Thanks Julie and Jemima!!! I’m threatening to have Steve write my book descriptions from now on 😉


  3. Sounds like a great book! I’ll have to check it out!

    Glad I found your blog via the Kid Lit Blog Hop! I’m now a new follower!

    Nicole @ Best Kids’ Reads


    1. It’s a good read. Thanks for following me, Nicole. 😃


  4. A map, treasure, excitement, an ancient relic, mystery and daring deeds … sounds like the kind of read for kids and their parents. A great and deserving review, I’m sure!.


    1. It’s a great adventure that I’m sure parents would enjoy as well. Thanks for visiting. 😃


  5. I just downloaded Gasparilla’s Treasure FREE from Amazon just a few days ago! I’ve gotta get reading! 🙂


    1. Heheh…. I suspect your TBR list is growing!!


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