Fire and Ice is today’s stop on the virtual blog tour for Crater Lake hosted by Cedar Fort books! You can check out all the stops here and read our review below.
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
by Steve Westover
Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected Publication Date: March 6, 2012
by Cedar Fort, Inc
Book source: Netgalley
4 1/2 stars
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.
Cathy’s Review: Ethan is not quite sure how he’s going to survive the week that his parents are going to leave him with his crazy Uncle Bart at Crater Lake National Park. Uncle Bart is a park ranger there, and there are lots of cool things to see and do, including a cute girl named Ally, but still, crazy Uncle Bart. But Ethan’s parents and his sister Jordan are at least planning to stay for the day, so he’ll try to make the best of that. Ethan, Jordan and Ally and their parents decide to go for a little hike, but when the kids venture down by the lake on a different trail, their parents disappear into the mountain, right before their eyes. They are completely uncertain what to do, when an apparent Native American appears and tells them that everyone over the age of 16 has been trapped in a jail beneath the mountain. It appears that getting their parents back before it’s too late will be up to Jordan, Ethan and Ally. But it will not be easy! I thought that this book was so full of imagination! A world underneath the deepest lake in the US is a pretty crazy idea. I liked the characters and how they all had to learn to get along, both with each other and also on their own with no adults. I thought that several of the kids grew up in just a rapid amount of time and it was kind of fun to see that transformation. This book was written for elementary aged kids and I think they will love it. I can’t wait to let my daughter read it!
Content: Really nothing offensive. There is some peril with the adults being sucked into the mountain and all!
About the author: My wife and I have lived in small town, rural Missouri for 12 years and have 4 entertaining and wonderful children, but I never expected to be living on a farm with chickens, cows, kittens and a dog. I don’t particularly enjoy animals, but I do appreciate them for their utility… and the kids love ’em.
I’m a banker by trade, but my life revolves around spending time with my family and serving in our church. Being a father and a husband are the most important things I can concentrate my time on and I enjoy it.
I have always enjoyed writing, but I had never even considered writing a novel until one morning I woke up with the idea for some characters in my mind. I was curious if I could write a book so I thought I’d give it a shot as an experiment.
Cathy, Thank you for the review. I’m glad you liked it!
Thanks for the review! I haven’t heard of this one, but have been looking for good books for my son and might pick this up for him. By the way, I’ve just been reading my emails from your sight and not actually visiting the past couple of weeks and saw you changed your design. Just thought I’d let you guys know that I love it and I like that you kept some elements from your old design too!