The Mystery of the Pirate's Treasure

The Mystery of the Pirate's Treasure by Penny Warner

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few numbers.
    â€œWhoa!” she said to the others, who were grinning at the message. “Now we really
have
to talk to Chad!”
    Code Buster’s Key and Solution found on this page , this page
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M s. Stadelhofer is awesome,” M.E. said, as the kids entered Community Hospital in Monterey, accompanied by Mrs. Van Tassell, one of the parent volunteers. Ms. Stad had called the Code Busters’ parents to tell them what had happened. Then, the police had gotten the Code Busters special permission to visit Chad, as a reward for their “heroic efforts.”
    â€œI know!” Cody said. “It was so nice of her to let usvisit Chad while the other kids went back to camp. I hope he’s okay.”
    â€œYou don’t have long, guys,” Mrs. Van Tassell said. “Remember, he’s recovering from that attack and will need lots of rest. Five minutes.”
    Cody was excited to see the docent and make sure he was all right. Not only had the police arranged for the kids to visit him, but an officer had stopped by the camp to inform the Code Busters they’d be getting a commendation from the mayor.
    He also told them that Longbeard and Jolly were being held in the county jail on charges of kidnapping, illegal trespassing, theft, and several other counts. After a brief search of the thieves’ trailer, the police found a large cache of valuable artifacts stolen from several museums in the area. They recovered most of the loot, except what the thieves had sold at local flea markets. Cody wondered if Chad knew all this.
    Two hours later the kids entered the dimly lit hospital room and found Chad lying on his back in the bed, his head and wrists bandaged, his eyes closed.He was connected to an IV and an electronic monitor beeped as it kept track of his heart rate.
    He opened his eyes, and a smile lit up his face when he recognized the four kids. “Crikey!” he said in a gravelly voice. He coughed, cleared his throat, and said, “It’s the code-busting treasure hunters who saved my life. Many thanks to ye.”
    Cody grinned, pleased to see how well Chad looked, in spite of everything. Aside from the bandages, he seemed to be his old self.
    â€œHow do you feel?” Quinn asked, gazing in awe at all the medical equipment in the room.
    â€œBetter than a barnacle on a bunion,” he said.
    Cody had no idea what that meant, but she figured it was good.
    â€œDid you hear about Longbeard and Jolly?” Luke asked.
    Chad nodded. “I expect they’ll spend the rest of their lives in prison. Luckily, the cops found most of the treasure they stole.”
    â€œYeah, they said a lot of it came from the mission museum,” M.E. said.
    â€œAy, I’ve had my eye on them for some time,” Chad said. “I noticed things went missing right after they visited the place. I didn’t have any proof, but I banned them from returning. Still, they kept trying to sneak in and help themselves to more loot. That’s why I chased them out of the museum during your tour.”
    â€œWhy did they kidnap you?” Cody asked.
    â€œThey heard me talking about the treasure with you kids,” Chad explained. “They knew you had a copy of the map, so they went looking at your camp. When they found the drawing in your stuff, they stole it. But you guys wrote all the clues in code.” Chad grinned. “Pretty clever,” he added.
    Quinn’s eyes lit up. “I knew it! I knew they stole the map out of my stuff. We saw them snooping around the camp area—well, we didn’t actually
see
them, but we saw someone flashing Morse code and we found a toothpick and some footprints. I knew it had to be one of them.”
    Chad took a breath, coughed, and adjusted himself on the bed.
    â€œAre you all right?” Cody asked, worried that the old man might have more serious injuries than they thought.
    â€œFine, just a bit stiff from being tied up in that

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