Before he wrote the bestselling 100 Cupboards trilogy and Ashtown Burials series, N. D. Wilson delighted readers with his first unforgettable action-adventure story of survival. . . . Thomas Hammond has always lived next to Leepike Ridge, but he never imagined he might end up lost beneath it! The night Tomas schoolteacher comes to dinner and asks Tomas mother to marry him, Tom slips out of the house and escapes down a nearby stream on a floating slab of packing foam. The night and stars lull Tom to sleep, and when he wakes, he has ridden his foam raft all the way to the ridge, where the stream dives underground. Flung over rapids and tossed through chasms, Tom finally hits shore, sore but alive. What Tom finds under Leepike Ridgeaa dog, a flashlight, a castaway, a tomb, and buried treasureawill answer questions he hadnat known to ask, and change his life forever. Now, if only he can find his way home again. . . . In the grand tradition of Robinson Crusoe, Hatchet, and Tom Sawyer, N. D. Wilsonas first book for young readers is a remarkable adventure, a journey through the dark and back into the light. A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing aThis is a ripping good adventure yarn. . . . Hereas the perfect remedy for any summer thatas been disappointingly short on thrills.aaThe Bulletin of the Center for Childrenas Books, Starred aWilsonas debut is a literate, sometimes humorous page-turner in the classic tradition. Well-read adventure lovers are in for a treat looking for echoes of The Odyssey and Tom Sawyer.aaKirkus Reviews aTomas adventures have several literary ancestors, including Tom and Huck in the cave, and the inventive Swiss Family Robinson, but this is solidly set in the present, standing on its own with well-crafted suspense and fascinating survival detail. . . . [M]iddle-grade readers will also relish the physicality of the journey: underwater swims, tight passages, and rock climbing. . . . [An] appealing and easy-to-booktalk package.aaBooklist aWilson sets the scene vividly, from Tomas home to the labyrinth of tunnels and caverns under the mountain, and the central charactersa emotional lives develop both naturally and affectingly. [Readers] will appreciate both the fast-paced adventure and Tomas determination to make the impossible journey back home.aaThe Horn Book Magazine aWilsonas rich imagination and his quirky characters are a true delight.aaSchool Library Journal From the Hardcover edition.Well-read adventure lovers are in for a treat looking for echoes of The Odyssey and Tom Sawyer.aaKirkus Reviews aTomas adventures have several literary ancestors, including Tom and Huck in the cave, and the inventive Swiss Family ...
|Author||:||N. D. Wilson|
|Publisher||:||Random House Books for Young Readers - 2008-07-22|