indiebrag Cover Crush: A Boy Called Duct Tape by Christopher Cloud

A Boy called Duct Tape

By Book Blogger Margaret Cook – Just One More Chapter

A Boy Called Duct Tape

The cover for this book jumped out at me right away for various reasons. I recall seeing a pair of shoes identical to that in my front hallway once.  So looking at this cover just brought back so many memories and there are so many possibilities where this book can go.  As I write this up I have not read the synopsis for the story I am really curious to see where it goes.

My initial thoughts and what I picture in my mind is an adventurous young boy who doesn’t let the fact that he cannot get new runners stand in his way of doing what he wants. His family may be down in their luck and they cannot afford it or he is a boy who just likes to improvise and do his own thing. He is confident in who he is and doesn’t care about the laughs and jeers these shoes invoke from fellow classmates.  I am also picturing a polite and respectful lad who is devoted to family and his friends (though he might not have many).

Aside from the possible health issues and smell this is a pair of shoes that would be a great keepsake, perfect to wrap up and hang on to the memories that are held within.

Now that I have read what this book is about I am excited, it’s the type of historical adventure story that would appeal to both boys and girls (and like myself, parent and grandparent).

Personally for myself it was my 25-year-old son who came home with shoes like this and I may just have to buy this book for his son (after I read it first).

Thank you Stephanie for inviting me to be part of this cover crush and discovering this one.


Pablo Perez is a 12-year-old poor kid without much going for him. His classmates have dubbed him “Duct Tape” because his tattered discount-store sneakers are held together with…you guessed it, duct tape. He can’t escape the bullying.

Pablo’s luck, however, changes after he finds a $20 gold coin while swimming with his sister in a river near their home. Pablo later buys a $1 treasure map at the county fair. The map shows the route to the “lost treasure” of Jesse James. Pablo can’t help but wonder: Is there a link between the map and the gold coin?

He is determined to find out, and he, his 9-year-old sister and 13-year-old cousin hire, an ill-natured cave guide, and begin a treacherous underground adventure in search of treasure.


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