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Thursday, January 20, 2011


Lost on Spirit River by Tommy Batchelor 4 of 5 stars.

Thirteen-year-old Tony's parents are in the middle of divorce, his mother sends him to his Grandpa's along the banks of the Flint River in Southwestern Georgia. With his younger cousin Kathryn, they set out to look for a Christmas tree for the holidays, along with Grandpa's aging beagle, Sally. The three become lost in a snowstorm. Finding shelter in a hidden cave, stumbling upon Ancient Native American wall art. Now the adventure really begins. . . (Book blurb)

When I agreed to review Lost on Spirit River by Tommy Batchelor I was terribly excited because it was set not far from my home. This is the first book I've read that I could actually go "Oh! I know that place." It was super fun to read about a blizzard going through South Georgia, but, unfortunately, I don't think many others will get the irony in that.

The story is about two cousins; one a country girl, the other a city boy. When they are caught in a freak snow storm, they find themselves swept up into an adventure full of danger, art, and ancient Native American spirits. They never would have guessed all that they would learn about themselves along the way.

While I enjoyed Tommy's book and saw great potential in it, I can't help but feel that it should not be marketed toward the YA audience. The MG audience, however, I am sure would adore it. The story was cute and fun as an adventure for youngsters. I would have devoured it in third or fourth grade, but as a teenager I found it over-written and at times dragging.

If you enjoy reading lower MG novels particularly, than you would probably love it! And I am certain that it would make a great gift for anyone you know in the 8-11 age group.

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Author Tommy Batchelor said...

Thanks for your honest review!!
I have ask the publisher to check on ages for this book. I've always geared this book to ages 8 - 12 Middle grade. Amazon and B@N have it as 12 and up. I'm with you on the ages. Thanks again,TommyB

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