Review: De Verloren Schat by Thea Beckman

De Verloren Schat
Thea Beckman
(cover art by Jan Wesseling)
Lemniscaat 1993

Book review | De Verloren Schat by Thea Beckman | 3 stars


Synopsis (English translation below)*

De dertienjarige Mickey verveelt zich. Het is paasvakantie en er is niet veel te doen in het stadje. Dan krijgt ze Arnold in het oog. Ze probeert op allerlei manieren zijn aandacht te trekken; eerst lukt dat niet, maar daar komt al snel verandering in. Een vreemde advertentie in de krant trekt Mickeys aandacht. Twee geleerde mannen vragen informatie over de verloren gegane schat van een oude adellijke familie. Samen met Arnold gaat Mickey op onderzoek uit. Er bestaat toch geen leukere manier om de paasvakantie door te brengen dan met het zoeken van een verloren schat?

The thirteen-year-old Mickey is bored. It’s the Easter holidays and there’s not much to do in town. Then, she sees Arnold. In all kinds of ways, she tries to get his attention; at first this doesn’t work, but soon that changes. A strange advert in the newspaper get Mickeys attention. Two scientists are asking for information about a lost treasure from an old noble family. Together with Arnold, Mickey investigates. There is no better way to spend the Easter holidays than by looking for a lost treasure, is there?


As this is quite a short story, my review of it won’t be very long either to prevent any spoilers. De Verloren Schat (The Lost Treasure) is a children’s book and therefore very easy and quick to read. The story line is simple and no one would have any trouble following it.

The story itself is quite exciting. Who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt? Unfortunately reading it, didn’t make me very excited for the story. Somehow the text and the story don’t match very well. The excitement the characters should feel isn’t portrayed too well through words in this book. Perhaps due to the fact that it’s a little older, though that’s usually not a problem for me (never has been before).

The characters however, are numerous and interesting. Sure, there’s the main character and her friend, but also a mother, a baron, a grandmother, a kitchen worker, two ‘scientists’, and some more that I can’t think of at the top of my head. Most of them are quite unique, though there are of course some stereotypical characters in there, but it’s not bothersome at all.

There is one last (small) thing that annoyed me a bit. The end is ridiculously fast, in the last chapter suddenly it is all solved. I think it would’ve been nice to have a bit more written about what was all going on then, and not just this one chapter.

All in all, not one of my favorites.

*Freely translated from Dutch

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