Time travel rocks!
Traveling through caves, jumping through time.
Nothing interesting ever happens in Diamond Falls, West Virginia, and that's doubly true for local teenagers Emma and Brody. Little do they know that their neighbor, a famous geologist, is about to show them the wildest time of their lives.
When Mr. M's prized rock and mineral collection is destroyed before it can be displayed at the state museum, Emma and Brody jump at the chance to find new samples. The geologist accepts the offer, and promptly sends them back to the year 1775 to help!
Back in time and across the pond in Derbyshire, England, Emma and Brody team with a mysterious young girl named Max to recover one of the rarest minerals in the world: Blue John Fluorite. Tapping into courage they never knew they had, the formerly ordinary West Virginians must protect a cave, avoid gun-toting soldiers, and return to the present before they're trapped forever.
Blue John's Cavern is the first book in the middle-grade adventure/sci-fi series Crystal Cave Adventures. If you like a little excitement thrown in with your science, then you'll love Tracy Barnhart's fast-paced and compelling debut novel.
Tracy Barnhart was born and raised in Princeton, West Virginia. She grew up swimming and playing in the band. Tracy attended Furman University planning to be a business major. Since Furman is a liberal arts school she had to take science and chose two geology classes her freshman year, which changed her path. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in geology from Furman she went on to receive a Master of Science degree in geology at the University of South Carolina. In college, she discovered her love of a good story when she took a class on poetry, plays and short stories.
Tracy worked as an environmental consultant for many years, and then she took her love of rocks and minerals and turned it into a small business. Mini Me Geology’s line of rocks and minerals keep her busy when she is not writing her time travel Crystal Cave Adventures series. Tracy lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina with her two awesome kids, their Great Pyrenees, Brutus, and new kitten, Brooks. When she’s not writing, you can find her at the track cheering for her kids’ races or editing her next book on the beach.
Mam Tor is a mountain near Castleton known as the “Shivering Mountain.” In the book, Brody, Emma, and Max must navigate the base of Mam Tor to reach the Blue John Cavern in its foothills. Mam Tor is nicknamed the “Shivering Mountain” because it has numerous landslides causing rock and sediment to fall down the mountainside.
I recently published an Activity book to accompany the Blue John’s Cavern Novel. You can find out more about Mam Tor and the entire Castleton area in the activity book.
Blue John's Cavern (Crystal Cave Adventures, #1)
“The castle is here.” Brody pointed to their location on the map. Peveril Castle sat above the town of Castleton on a tall hill overlooking the rolling hills and valleys of the picturesque English countryside. The map revealed that the castle lay approximately three hundred and sixty meters south of the center of town. Brody knew that the Blue John Cavern was in the foothills near Mam Tor but there seemed to be a huge ridge of hills around the town. Between the hills and town were lush green countryside spotted with clumps of shrubs and trees.