Crater Lake: The Battle for Wizard Island
by Steve Westover
Ebook, 256 pages
Published March 13th, 2012
by Cedar Fort, Inc.
Book Source: Author
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
Summary From Amazon.com: While visiting his crazy Uncle Bart at Crater Lake National Park, thirteen-year-old Ethan’s world collapses when all the adults at Crater Lake disappear, including his parents. Now Ethan must rally his new friends and decipher the legends of Crater Lake to find the key to rescuing his parents from their earthen prison before he’s captured, too, and their captivity becomes permanent.
Danielle Thorne’s Review: Ethan isn’t excited to be visiting his crazy uncle who works out at Crater Lake, but his sister and other kids in the area seem to think it’s swell, until all of the adults in the area are swallowed up by the earth.
This is an enjoyable read that both middle grade and YA readers can safely enjoy. It’s imaginative with great suspense as the remaining young tourists learn to work together to rescue their parents. Their courage and adventure are exciting and admirable. The story is fast and focused.
Crater Lake comes across the pages in pristine detail as Ethan discovers living history dwelling below the park where legend has come to life. The tension between the characters as they develop team building skills is a great lesson, and the beat-the-clock action kept me reading straight through to the expected happy ending. I enjoyed reading this exciting fantasy, and kids will, too. Mr. Westover brings great action adventure to readers of all ages — without resorting to titillating material or silliness. He has not forgotten the workings of a young boy’s overactive, persnickety mind, and he subtly impresses upon the reader’s heart the true importance of family love and devotion.
This book is also available in print.
Author Bio: My first novel, DEFENSIVE TACTICS was published by Cedar Fort in August of 2010. This FBI thriller is light and fun, but will also raises meaningful questions for the reader to consider. My second novel, CRATER LAKE: BATTLE FOR WIZARD ISLAND will be released in March 2012. Crater Lake is mid-grade fantasy set at the pristine Crater Lake in Oregon. Though it is written for a younger audience, readers of all ages will enjoy it.
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