Tarpon! (Hardcover)


Tarpon! Book 2 in The Gasparilla Curse Series is a 2021 NYC Big Book Award Winner for best chapter book!



“…The strong character development works to provide a realistic portrait of pirate life and relationships…. Readers will find riches in a sequel that offers life lessons along with historical detail.”

—Kirkus Reviews

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Adventure, danger, loss, and forgiveness are at the heart of Bruce Rougraff ’s latest young adult novel. In the sequel to his first novel, Doubloon!. Tommy and his family return to southwest Florida to continue the fun, and this time they’ll try a little tarpon fishing. The trip is great fun until in the blink of an eye, Tommy finds himself propelled into a strange and terrifying new world—the world of a legendary pirate, José Gasparilla. Tommy encounters danger and misadventure at every turn and discovers the real origins of an old coin and an ancient curse. Just as Tommy realizes that all may be lost, he meets a ragtag group of kids. Together they learn that by working as a team, they can overcome almost anything, including pirate battles, sharks, and vicious wild animals. But will Tommy ever be able to find his way home?

About The Gasparilla Curse Series

In The Gasparilla Curse series, 10-year-old Tommy uncovers an ancient, cursed coin from the mythical pirate Jose Gasparilla, who has threatened him and his family. In the first book Doubloon!, Tommy digs up the coin while on the beach with his family on vacation and begins searching for the truth and the meaning of its treasure.  In book 2, Tarpon!, Tommy returns to Florida to go fishing with his family.  He is captured and tortured by Jose Gasparilla. Gasparilla is willing to let Tommy go home and end the curse, but only if he returns the ancient pirate coin to a buried treasure chest.  In book 3, Hurricane!, the coin goes missing, and it becomes a race to unravel a mystery of the curse of many generations against time and nature’s wrath.  Tommy and his family must recover the pirate coin, return it to its rightful place, and hope to be free of the curse forever.

About the Author

Author Bruce Rougraff is a natural storyteller with a passion and gift for writing stories for young adult readers. Originally from Texas, Bruce spent every weekend on Galveston Island, digging for treasures in the sand. His stories reflect his desire to make reading an adventure for young readers. Bruce lives in Indianapolis with his wife. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.

Additional information

Weight14.096 oz
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × .5625 in
Age Range:

10-12 Years


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Tarpon! (Hardcover)