Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield

While exploring The Treasure Chest, Felix and Maisie are transported to a Massachusetts farm in 1836. Disappointed that they have not landed in their beloved New York City, they wonder why they were brought to Massachusetts to meet a young girl named Clara Barton. Perhaps Clara has a message for the twins? Or maybe they have one for her?


Test tubes – Marie Curie: November 7, 1867—July 4, 1934 A Polish physicist and chemist. She is most famous for her ground-breaking research on radioactivity.

Alexander Hamilton: Little Lion

Now that the twins have begun to settle into their new lives at Elm Medona, they delve deeper into The Treasure Chest and uncover more about the Pickworth family, including the disappearance of their great-uncle Thorne and the theft of priceless family artifacts.


Papyrus – Nefertiti: 1370 BC—1330 BC The Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. She was made famous by a bust (a statue of her head and shoulders).

Pearl Buck: Jewel of the East

When Felix Robbins gets a crush on Lily Goldstein, a classmate who is adopted from China, he decides to try to take her back in time so that she can see the country where she was born. Maisie discovers his plot, and foils it. But the twins end up in a small village on the Yangtze River, where they meet a girl named Pearl Buck in the days just before the Boxer Rebellion. With bandits chasing them, will they ever find safety... and return home


Ballet Slipper – Anna Pavlova: February 12, 1881—January23, 1931 A Russian Empire ballerina, thought of as one of the finest classical ballet dancers in history. The role of The Dying Swan, which later influenced parts of the ballet Swan Lake, was created for Pavlova.

Harry Houdini: Prince of Air

When Great-Uncle Thorne arrives at Elm Medona, Maisie and Felix's lives get shaken up again. Uncle Thorne moves the family into the mansion proper. One night, Great-Aunt Maisie arranges for Thorne, Maisie, and Felix to rendezvous with her in The Treasure Chest. Minutes later, Maisie and Felix find themselves at a magic show on Coney Island in 1893 starring Harry Houdini. As they follow him and his brother Dash to Pennsylvania and Rhode Island and back to New York City, they wonder what has become of Great-Aunt Maisie and Great-Uncle Thorne. Then one evening at Tom Pastor's Famous 14th Street Theater, the curtain opens and all is revealed.


Sepia photograph – Louis Daguerre: November 18, 1787—July20, 1851 A French artist and physicist who pioneered the daguerreotype process of photography, which involves fixing images on a silver-coated copper plate.

Brave Warrior: Crazy Horse

The New York Times calls Ann Hood's thrilling The Treasure Chest series "delightful!" In book five, Felix and Maisie re-enter The Treasure Chest and suddenly find themselves in the midst of a Lakota village. While exploring they meet a young man, soon to be known as Crazy Horse--and embark on an adventure that includes fascinating vision quests and exciting battles.


Woodblock G – Johannes Gutenberg: c. 1395—February 3, 1468 Inventor of Gutenberg’s Press, a form of mechanical printing with movable type. His invention sparked the Printing Revolution, which is thought to be the most important event in modern history.

Feather – William Shakespeare: April 23, 1564—April 23, 1616 An English playwright, thought to be the greatest writer in the English language. His most famous plays include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Much Ado About Nothing.

Queen Liliuokalani: Royal Prisoner

When twins Felix and Maisie Robbins’s parents divorce, they move with their mother to Elm Medona, a historic seventy-room mansion in Rhode Island, and discover The Treasure Chest—a secret room in Elm Medona that holds the key to time travel. After six months of living in the servants’ quarters, Felix, Maisie, and their mother move into the mansion at the insistence of their mysterious Great-Uncle Thorne and Great-Aunt Maisie, and the twins continue their adventures in The Treasure Chest.

Alexander Graham Bell: Master Of Sound

Maisie and Felix meet a young Alexander Graham Bell (the inventor of the telephone) in Edinborough, Scotland, just as he leaves for a year with his grandfather, an elocutionist, in London. When the twins get separated from Alexander, they join the thousands of orphans in the streets of Victorian London. Maisie becomes an orange seller and Felix a chimney sweep as they search the foggy streets for Alexander...and each other. Back at home, they cope with the upcoming wedding of Great Uncle Thorne, who makes them leave Elm Medona and return to the upstairs servants quarters.

Amelia Earhart: Lady Lindy

Great-Uncle Thorne sends Maisie, Felix, and the Ziff twins on a dangerous trip back in time through The Treasure Chest and into the Congo to find Amy Pickworth, Thorne’s missing aunt. When Maisie and Felix get separated from the twins, they use the magic of The Treasure Chest and find themselves in early twentieth-century Kansas with a young girl named Amelia Earhart.

Leonardo Da Vinci: Renaissance

When their Great-Uncle Thorne falls ill, Felix and Maisie decide to travel back in time to Renaissance Italy to save him. There, they meet and befriend a young Leonardo da Vinci, dine with the great Medici family, and celebrate Carnival while coming closer to solving the mysteries of Elm Medona and the Pickworth family.

Anastasia Romanov: The last Grand Duchess

Ann Hood's historical fantasy series comes to a thrilling end with a trip to early 20th century Russia!

In the final book of the Treasure Chest, Maisie and Felix find themselves in Russia with the Romanov family. This epic series is full of time travel and mystery that piques readers’ interests, delights teachers and librarians, and celebrates some of the great historical figures of the past.

Every Treasure Chest book features a biography of the featured historical figure along with Ann’s Favorite Facts from her research!

About The Author

Ann Hood is the author of many books including the adult bestsellers The Knitting Circle, Comfort, and The Red Thread. She has also penned the middle-grade title How I Saved My Father's Life (and Ruined Everything Else).

She also knits, wanders around museums, has cool glasses, loves the color pink (although she never wears it), and spends a lot of her time wishing she could time travel and meet famous people. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, O, The Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere.

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