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Discover an underground world full of tunnels and mystery in this middle grade adventure from the best-selling, Pulitzer-nominated author of Heroes of the Frontier and What Is the What?

What if nothing was as it seemed? What if the ground beneath your feet was not made of solid earth and stone but had been hollowed into hundreds of tunnels and passageways? What if there were mysterious forces in these tunnels, mere inches below you as you sit in class or eat a banana?

What if it were up to just two kids to stop these forces? What would it feel like to know the fate of an entire town rested on your shoulders?

Twelve-year-old Gran Flowerpetal is about to find out.

When Gran's friend, the difficult-to-impress Catalina Catalan, presses a silver handle into a hillside and opens a doorway to underground, he knows that she is extraordinary and brave and that he will have no choice but to follow her and help her save the town (and the known world). With luck on their side and some discarded hockey sticks for good measure, they might just emerge as heroes.

In The Lifters, critically acclaimed author Dave Eggers establishes himself as a storyteller who can entertain and inspire listeners of any age. This middle grade adventure has all the makings of a classic.

©2018 Dave Eggers (P)2018 Listening Library

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  • K. J. Noyes
  • 04-25-18

'New town' mystery and adventure

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Many children's stories show the protagonist moving to a new town and finding things aren't as you'd expect. Here we have a great example, with a rather intriguing concept and some memorable characters.

Gran (full name Granite Flowerpetal, I kid you not) moves 1000 miles with his family after his father cannot find work. With a mother wheelchair-bound and a father travelling far and wide to find jobs, he and his sister start at a new school in Carousel and begin to notice buildings... sinking.

There is an underground world that Gran discovers, alongside a new friend, the also interestingly-named Catalina Catalan. My favourite part of the book though, was the battle between citizens of the town, fighting over Propositions P and S, and M and H (supporting Parks and Schools or providing funds to stop Moose via a Helicopter warning system). Brilliant.

An enjoyable story for young readers, an exciting concept from an author known for his adult novels. The narrator of the Audible copy I listened to brought the story to life and it's a voice that worked well for both genders.

I wanted more about the Propositions, but overall I liked this fairly brief story.

One for ages 9-12.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample reading copy via Audible.