Enjoyable middle-grade adventure,
This review is from: Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island (Hardcover)
The book was written for younger readers, I'd say ages ten and up. The main characters in the book are in that age range, and I can imagine them relating to what the characters are experiencing. How scary would it be to have your parents disappear when you're thirteen and at an unfamiliar National Park? That, in and of itself, is a scary premise.
Included are mystical elements of smart cougars, bears, birds, bats as well as . . . ok, there are some even creepier things toward the end of the book, but I don't want to ruin the surprises.
Reading about the author, and how he grew up in Oregon, I could tell how he used his experiences in camping and hiking to add a vivid picture of the setting. Aside from the ground eating people and the evil that is around, it sounds like a cool place to visit.
To fully appreciate this book, you need to read it from the point of view of the age group it was written for. When I was that age, the world was full of mystery, wonder and exciting possibilities. Adults may read this book and say, "Yeah, like that would ever happen." Or "Why are the characters acting that way?" Remember: they're kids.
Overall I enjoyed the book. It's always a pleasure to read an imaginative, clean story. While there are some scary moments, it's still a safe read for children.
The book ends with the possibility of another book or two to be written. In fact, I dare say there needs to be at least another book to tie up several things that were introduced toward the end.
Who would like this book? As stated above, I'd say ages ten and up, leaning toward the male side of things, though there is quite a strong female character that girls can relate to.