I am not in the target demographic for this kind of literature. However, even as a middle-aged man, I really enjoyed this read. I enjoyed it on a personal level because of my familiarity with (and love for) the Missouri landscape where the story takes place, and also because of my interest in topics of common interest with its characters- natural history, archaeology, and horses. I enjoyed it as an educator when I thought of how much young people might learn from this book. I really enjoyed it as just a plain reader for the adventure that kept me turning the pages to a satisfying end.
I have to say that as an adult I really enjoyed this book, even though the plot was designed for teens and young adults. It is Crystal’s thirteenth birthday but it was the only day available for her parents to go to Taum Sauk Mountain to check out a potential site to excavate. Crystal’s parents are archaeologists who are very excited about this discovery by some nutty teenagers who went off trail on the mountain. They promise Crystal they will throw a big birthday party for her when they come home the next day. Very early the next morning tragedy comes when the long dreaded earthquake along the New Madrid Fault occurs. But, her parents don’t come home as they promised. Crystal knows that her parents are in trouble so she hatches a dangerous plan to rescue them. Her plan begins to seem impossible a she makes her journey. The story tells how the spunky Crystal goes about dealing with the devastated terrain, and makes new friends along the way who help her in her attempt to reach Taum Sauk Mountain. Crystal’s last name isn’t Brave for no reason. I liked this book very much because it shows a young girl’s love for her parents and also her bravery and determination. I would recommend this book to any young person, or even adults. I found it truly inspiring.
Amazing detail and adventure. It is apparent a lot of research went into this book. Read it from cover to cover in one day. Could not put it down. Chrystal's search for her parents after an earthquake includes her dog as well as a borrowed horse. You will love them all and learn a lot about southeast Missouri, it's people and nature.
I am so happy to have a book for both my son and daughter that will hold their attention. They won't be the first one to read it though. I couldn't put it down this weekend. Once I finished the book and wiped the tears of delight from my eyes, I was ready to make a reservation for a cabin in the Taum Sauk area of Missouri. It has everything an adolescent reader (and their parent) loves in a book. Horses, dogs, family, adventure, the big outdoors and more! I especially love that B.K. Bradshaw chose a strong Chrystal Brave to take the reader through the story. B.K., I look forward to more stories!
This fantastic adventure coming-of-age story is set against the backdrop of a hypothetical earthquake along the New Madrid fault line of southwest Missouri. Best features - strong, capable girl protagonist, horses, falling rocks, aftershocks, and ancient cave paintings.
This book will appeal to boys and girls, but I have to confess that as a parent, I loved it first! The attention to detail of actual landmarks and natural formations is refreshing, and the author's insight to the mind of a girl on the brink of maturity is perfect. This one's a keeper!
A 13 year old girl goes on an adventure to save her parents after an earthquake along the Taum Sauk fault in Missouri. Features a strong female main character, horses, and natural disasters. What more could a kid want?! I’ve lent my copy to younger girls that I know many times and it’s developed quite a ravenous following among my peer group!
My first grader just finished this book and announced "it was so good I could not put it down!" This is the first time she has been sucked in by a book and been totally taken by it. For reference, my daughter is reading at about a high-third grade level. I highly recommend this for grade school readers.