Double Eagle

Mike and Kyle must outrun both a hurricane and thieves who will do anything to get their hands on a fortune in Confederate gold!

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  • ISBN: 9781561455997
  • Publication date: 07/01/2011
  • Page Count: 256
  • Size: 5-1/2" x 8"
  • Age Range: 10-14

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Mike and Kyle must outrun both a hurricane and thieves who will do anything to get their hands on a fortune in Confederate gold!

The year is 1862. The Skink, a Confederate ship, is attacked by Union forces and sinks off the Alabama coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Although the ship was rumored to be carrying newly minted gold coins, no trace of the wreck and not even a single piece of Confederate gold is ever found.

Fast forward to 1973. Mike is prepared for another routine summer in Pensacola with his marine biologist father. But plans suddenly change and Mike finds himself on Shipwreck Island—right near the site where the Skink went down. Mike and his new friend Kyle are intrigued by a salvage ship anchored just offshore. Some say it was brought in by fortune hunters, but when the boys scale a fence at the fort on the island, they realize that the fortune hunters may be looking in the wrong place. There in the sand-covered floor of an abandoned chamber they spot something shiny: an old double-eagle gold coin. Mike and Kyle agree to keep their discovery a secret and start their own investigation into the shipwreck and the missing gold.

Award-winning author Sneed B. Collard III blends history and mystery to create a dramatic, page-turning story featuring a strong friendship and plenty of action.


Brad Sneed


Brad Sneed has illustrated almost twenty picture books, some of which he has also written. He lives in Kansas.


“A diverting, page-turning mystery with some nicely integrated bits of Southern history….[the] plot has enough twists and turns to hold readers’ attention to the end.” ―Booklist

“First-person narration moves along quickly, the action spiraling to a climactic confrontation…. Reluctant readers carried along by the plot will encounter some interesting history along the way.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Narrative moves quickly with likable and believable characters. The story will have particular appeal to readers with an interest in historical places and artifacts.” ―School Library Journal


Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Language Arts 7-12 Novels) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2009

Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List (Intermediate) ―New York State Reading Association, 2012

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Middle School / Junior High) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2010

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―Vermont State PTA, Vermont Department of Libraries, 2010-2011

North Carolina Children’s Book Award (Nominee, Junior Book Category) ―North Carolina Reading Association, 2011

Truman Readers Award (Nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians, 2011-2012

More Details

AR Level: 5.1
F&P: X, Gr 6, Genre RF
Lexile: 790L
Themes: Family, Mystery, Shipwrecks, Treasure Hunting
BISAC 1: YAF042000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
BISAC 2: YAF024160 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
BISAC 3: YAF043010 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Environment

Books By Brad Sneed