Synopses & Reviews
Eleven-year-old Thomas Hammond is in for the ride of his life when he's swept downstream and underground aboard a crumbling raft of Styrofoam. Washing up on a dark subterranean "beach," his only companions are an impulsive dog named Argus and a corpse, from which he takes a flashlight and an all-too-limited supply of batteries. What Tom finds under Leepike Ridge a castaway, four graves, a tomb, and buried treasure will answer questions he hadn't known to ask and change his life forever. Now, if he can only find his way home again...
An original mix of Robinson Crusoe, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Odyssey, N. D. Wilson's first book for young readers is a remarkable adventure, a journey though the dark of the grave and back out into the light.
"There are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep both seasoned and reluctant readers turning the pages. Think Mark Twain with a contemporary and utterly captivating twist." School Library Journal
"[W]ell-crafted suspense and fascinating survival detail....[Middle-grade readers] will...relish the physicality of the journey: underwater swims, tight passages, and rock climbing as Tom, Reg, and a found dog search for an exit." Booklist
"Wilson's 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." Kirkus Reviews
An original mix of Robinson Crusoe, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Odyssey, Wilson's first book for young readers is a remarkable adventure, a journey though the dark of the grave and back out into the light.
About the Author
N. D. WILSON is the bestselling author of the 100 Cupboards and Ashtown Burials series. Once, in the fourth grade, he split his buddy’s arrow while shooting at a mattress from twenty yards. Now he writes at the top of a tall, skinny house, where he lives with a blue-eyed girl he stole from the ocean, their five young explorers, two tortoises, and one snake.
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