322M: MG mystery about a family who follows clues, finds treasure (Solved)

This was purchased in the 1980s but probably has an older pub date. I remember a yellow cover with drawings. The family found a series of clues in their (new?) house and followed them to find a treasure. That’s all I remember! It might have been a new house or a summer house.

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    • Hi, thank you. I don’t think either of those is it. I seem to remember a Native American headdress being found and some of the missing feathers indicated a clue.

  1. Thank you! I don’t think either of those is it. I remember something about a Native American headdress and maybe it missing feathers which were part of a clue.

  2. Thank you. I don’t think either of those is it. I seem to remember the kids finding a Native American headdress and some of the missing feathers indicated clues. Maybe where the feathers were supposed to attach there was a piece of paper or something like that.

  3. Oh, if there was a Native American headdress, I think it’s another book in the same series as the one the first person mentioned, Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parish.

    https://forgottenstoriesweb.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/key-to-the-treasure/

    The Liza, Bill, and Jed series is about a set of siblings who often solve treasure hunt style mysteries, and Key to the Treasure is the first book. In that book, they solve a treasure hunt left behind by one of their ancestors, who went off to fight in the Civil War. The treasure hunt involved a set of items left to the ancestor by a Native American woman, including the headdress, which conceals one of the clues.

  4. Definitely Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parrish, here’s the Kirkus review

    “More of a game than a story, the simple mystery follows Jed, Bill and Liza Roberts as they track down the clues to a collection of Indian artifacts Great-great-grandfather hid away just before he went off to the Civil War. He had been killed, and the first clue had been inadvertently destroyed, but the three children manage by chance to discover the second one. The book is very easy to read, and although it doesn’t have the humor and energy of the author’s Amelia Bedelia books, children will enjoy playing along with the word puzzles which the clues introduce and find it a pleasant first story of detection.”

    The cover art you’re remembering is the original hardcover, not the paperback reissue….it’s a yellow cover, with a boy in a feather bonnet climbing on a hall tree while two children kneel on floor looking at paper. Google title and author and click the “image” tab, there are a number of copies about.

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