Crystal Brave: Earthquake at the Taum Sauk by BK Bradshaw

Crystal Brave: Earthquake at the Taum Sauk

byBK Bradshaw

Kobo ebook | February 4, 2015

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The day before Crystal Brave s thirteenth birthday celebration, her parents leave for the Taum Sauk Mountain to study petroglyphs, planning to return the next day. All plans are disrupted by the long-predicted New Madrid earthquake. The devastation in Southeast Missouri cuts off all communication, leaving Crystal desperate to find out if her parents are safe. True to Brave family tradition, Crystal takes the courageous step of going to find them herself. With the special relationship between her and a horse and a dog, the generous mentorship of those she meets along her journey, and strength from the love for her family, Crystal faces some of her worst fears, earning passage into her teen years and learning the meaning of her family name.

Title:Crystal Brave: Earthquake at the Taum SaukFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 4, 2015Publisher:Goldminds Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A brave girl attempts to rescue her parents I have to say that as an adult I really enjoyed this book, even though the plot was designed for teens and young adults. Tomorrow is Crystal Brave’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 and are very excited about a discovery made by some 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 to Southeast Missouri when the long dreaded earthquake of the New Madrid Fault occurs. But, her parents don’t come home as they promised. Crystal knows in her heart that her parents are in trouble so she hatches a dangerous plan to rescue them. Her plan begins to seem more and more impossible a she makes her journey. The story tells how the spunky Crystal goes about dealing with the devastated terrain, and manages to make new friends along the way. Her new friends 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.
Date published: 2015-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Old-Fashioned Wilderness Survival Adventure Crystal is about to turn thirteen and her archaeologist parents have left for a day's journey studying petroglyphs at Taum Sauk Mountain. But timing is everything: that's the day the New Madrid fault shifts and a major earthquake keeps them from returning. The devastation means no communications, but Crystal has access to a horse and sets out on a trek to the mountain, following the path of family tradition in undertaking brave explorations with fierce self-determination. Pre-teens, teens, and adult audiences alike will readily come to recognize that Crystal's adventures are compelling and anything but predetermined. Her interactions with her parents prior to the event are remarkably realistic, as she resents their outside interests and an expedition that seems to precede her birthday in importance. It's lucky that Crystal has experience trail riding and camping in the wilderness. It's lucky that the adult family friend that comes upon her and could stop her, decides to let her go based on Crystal's competence and the devastation from the quake, which limits other options. And it's refreshing to see self-determined courage in a young protagonist who is not being foolhardy, but logical in her quest. Middle-grade preteens, teens and many an adult will find Crystal Brave: Earthquake at the Taum Sauk an absorbing adventure story with a satisfying difference: no world issues or cussing mar the saga. It's an old-fashioned wilderness adventure which, as Crystal Brave demonstrates, doesn't need social issues or urban angst to draw in readers of all ages and keep their attention.
Date published: 2015-04-28