Author: Steve Westover
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Published: March 13, 2012
Hardcover: 256 pages
FTC FYI: I received a PDF copy in exchange for an honest review
Genre: Middle grade fiction
Reviewed by Mindy
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Ethan is visiting Crater Lake with his parents and sister. After they get the “rules” and story about the legend of Crater Lake from “crazy” Uncle Bart, they decide to go on a walk along the trails. A young couple, a boy scout troop, and another family with a daughter Ethan thinks is pretty, are doing the same thing. Suddenly vines trap the young couple, make them disappear, and the ground sucks up Ethan’s and Allie’s parents. Leaving all the kids younger then 16 alone. Including two of the boys, Jacob and Brady, from the boy scout troop. After, they are approached by Che-tan a magical being who tells them he needs their help to keep an ancient, evil spirit captive. He also can help them free their parents and the other’s trapped.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a great adventure story that I can suggest to my daughters without any hesitation. I also think adults will like this as much as I did. I loved how the kids work together. Jacob was a favorite. Always thinking quickly to help in tough situations. There are a lot of twists and turns everyone will enjoy.
4 out of 5 stars. Learn more about the author here. This book will be available soon!