Friday, February 17, 2012

Review and Giveaway: Crater Lake by Steve Westover

From Goodreads:  While visiting his crazy Uncle Bart at Crater Lake National Park, thirteen-year-old Ethan's world collapses when all the adults at Crater Lake disappear, including his parents. Now Ethan must rally his new friends and decipher the legends of Crater Lake to find the key to rescuing his parents from their earthen prison before he's captured too and their captivity becomes permanent.

Last month I flew into Portland on my way to Sacramento.  I happened to look out the window at the most perfect moment and saw this beautiful, incredible lake.  I thought, "wow, look at that awesome lake.  It looks like a crater."  Duh.  Then I realized what I was looking at.  Crater Lake.  I've never been there before but from the sky, it looks amazing. 
Crater Lake Aerial Photo

 What a great introduction to this new book by Steve Westover.  I'm glad to be a part of the blog tour for this book today.  My thanks to Cedar Fort for allowing me to participate.

Adventure, adventure, adventure.  That's how I would sum up this book.  Throw in a bit of magic and a common purpose and you get a great book.  There are several kids, brought together by the traumatic experience of watching their parents disappear.  In order to save them, they band together and face the challenges.  Swimming through freezing waters, exploring underground, fighting creatures, and near death experiences will keep you interested and entertained all the way through.

This is a middle grade book and I think it will especially appeal to young boys.  Not only because there are adventures that seem to be made of young boy dreams, but it's got that "boy scout humor" or, as I like to call it, potty humor thrown in here and there.  You know, farts and bathroom talk.

What I liked about the book was the overall theme of working together.  Here is a quote I really liked.  "There is much you can do."  Che-Tan thought about his words and then corrected himself.  "There is much we can do together."  These kids find out that working together is safer and better.  They accomplished much by working together.

You can find out more about Crater Lake:  Battle for Wizard Island by clicking here.  
You can read more about Steve Westover by clicking here and here.

Cedar Fort has generously offered up one copy of Crater Lake.  A print copy for US and an ebook for INT.  Just leave a comment along with your email address to enter.  Please indicate whether you are US or INT.  :)  Giveaway ends March 2nd.


  1. Aimee, Thank you for the review. I'm glad you liked it!

  2. We totally want to go there. Wanna go with us if we do?

  3. Ooo!! I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  4. The book sounds fantastic - thanks for the giveaway! (US)

    pherlaithiel (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. I would love to read this book. (US)
    :) Jeanne,

  6. This book looks STUNNING! My 12-year old son will love it! It sounds like his type of book. :D
    Thank you for your generosity and this wonderful giveaway!!

    Angie Edwards (GFC follower)

  7. The book sounds great! I can always trust Cedar Fort for a great read:) Thanks for the chance.

    bchild5 at aol dot com


  8. I would love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway. I am from the US.
    helldog3 at

  9. Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to read this one!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  10. Thank you for taking the time to do this giveaway :)

    I'm US :)

    brittanyrose40 AT yahoo DOT com

  11. thanks for the chance to win!

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

  12. International.

    Thanks :)


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