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 husband, two kids, and their Great Pyrenees, Brutus, and new kitten, Brooks. When she’s not writing, you can find her at the track cheering for her kids’ practices or maybe the beach on a lucky day.
I have always love time travel stories in books and television. The mystery of what happens to you while you are traveling through time is intriguing. In the Crystal Cave, you fly through the sky on rainbows slides that make you feel as though you are zooming through a water slide. That is how I would want to travel.
The Blue John’s Cavern novel has a companion activity book that allows kids to explore the areas in the book using maps and the internet to see the real Peveril Castle, Blue John cave and the town of Castleton. The book is full of word puzzles, activities, creative writing stories and more.
Blue John's Cavern (Crystal Cave Adventures, #1)
She could feel herself scream, but heard nothing. Opening her eyes, Emma saw Brody tumbling beside her, colors swirling everywhere around them. Instead of falling downward, they moved as if they were on a water slide—up and down, twisting around, only to spin full circle the next second. Emma was scared and excited. Something fuzzy touched her hand. She retracted it quickly and then realized it was Aspen. Questions flew through her mind. What was happening? She felt sick. Images of Mr. M flew in and out of her mind. Had this happened to him? Emma wanted to vomit.