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New book combines treasure hunt story with history of immigration, North Carolina, the flag and more.

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With an emphasis on patriotism, The Lost Treasure of Lincoln County imparts lessons about the principles that America was founded upon and reminds readers about the freedoms and opportunities all citizens have to achieve the American Dream.

Two boys venture out on a thrilling hunt for secret treasure and learn all about the rich history of their North Carolina community and the immigrants responsible for founding America and defining its spirit in The Lost Treasure of Lincoln County: A Great American Adventure (published by AuthorHouse), the lighthearted new fiction geared towards older children and adults by Nancy Sifford Alana.

Jonas and Dale are two 10-year-old boys who live across the street from each other in the close-knit community of Lincolnton, N.C. They also happen to be best friends and spend lots of time outdoors, exploring all around their neighborhood and enjoying the simplicity of small-town, late 1950s life.

While playing around the nearby creek one day, Dale and Jonas discover an old box buried in the mud of the creek bank. After unearthing the container, the boys open it to find an old piece of yellowed paper wrapped in a velvet cloth with a faded photo of a man, woman and several small children. The name “Sifford” is written on the back, along with the date 1840. An examination of the paper reveals several squiggly lines and circles, and the “X” marked on it leads the boys to conclude that it’s likely a treasure map of some sort.

Eager to solve the mystery of the identity of the people in the photograph and curious about what the map might lead to, Dale and Jonas spend hours researching Lincoln County history and learn a lot of facts about the area, but nothing leads them any closer to the answers they seek. The librarian suggests that they visit the most knowledgeable historian around, and the chums are shocked to learn that his name is none other than Harry Sifford.

Hopeful that Mr. Sifford will confirm their belief that they’ve found a treasure map and be able to shed light on the Sifford family, the boys bring the box and it’s contents to the kindly old scholar. He’s astonished at what they’ve found and agrees that the paper does indeed appear to be a treasure map. According to Lincoln County history, a German immigrant named Johann Leonard Sifford brought a box with him to America, a box that was used to store valuables and passed down to his son, John, who happens to be the very man pictured in the old photograph.

Mr. Sifford becomes like a grandfather figure to Dale and Jonas as he helps them unravel the mystery before them. With an emphasis on patriotism, The Lost Treasure of Lincoln County imparts lessons about the principles that America was founded upon and reminds readers about the freedoms and opportunities all citizens have to achieve the American Dream. Will the boys and their mentor find fortune and riches with the aid of the cryptic treasure map? The answer lies in the pages of The Lost Treasure of Lincoln County, an educational book that hearkens back to a less complicated time.

About the Author
Nancy Sifford Alana was an elementary school teacher and principal for 34 years before retiring and currently serves on the Granbury, Texas independent school district’s board. She also volunteers with Christian Women’s Job Corps, the Hood County Substance Abuse Council and Operation School Supplies. She is passionate about teaching children and adults an appreciation for what she simply calls “the greatness of America.” This is her first published book.

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