Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lost on Spirit River - Tommy Batchelor - Blog Tour Review

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, which has not hit Georgia in three hundred years. Finding shelter in a hidden cave, stumbling upon Native American art. Now the adventure begins...
(Synopsis taken from goodreads.)

Title: Lost on Spirit River
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Publisher: Mirror Publishing
Publication Date: November 8, 2010
Format: Softcover
Source: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Tommy Batchelor and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. You can follow along with the tour here
Look for it: Amazon, Book Depository
My rating: 4/5

Tony is spending Christmas in Southwestern Georgia at his grandfather's place. While there, he and his cousin Kathryn head into the woods to pick out the perfect Christmas tree. Little do they know that a surprise winter storm is bearing down on them, and they will have to brave the elements and find shelter in a cave if they hope to survive the storm. While they are waiting out the storm, they decide to explore the cave and stumble upon a veritable treasure trove of Native American art.
Tony is a character that I think many can relate to, his parents are in the middle of getting a divorce, and he's feeling like it's his fault. He doesn't want people to know how he feels so he acts gruff, and tough. Too tough it seems, as he and his cousin Kathryn, as well as their grandfather's dog, Sally, end up getting lost in the woods during a surprise snow storm. He wants to do everything himself, and he wants it done his way. Kathryn humours him as she knows what is going on with him, but she also puts him in his place when he oversteps his bounds. With both of the cousins interacting in a familial way, it's hard not to think of them as siblings. When the storm overtakes them, Kathryn jumps to the forefront as she is more knowledgeable about the layout of the land. Tony doesn't exactly appreciate how she is taking the lead, but throughout their journey, he comes to realize that he doesn't know everything. 
With an engaging plot, and surprises at every turn, I think many will love watching the story unfold. With the added elements of bats, jaguars, and Native American history, the story remains fresh, and those reading along will be rooting for Tony and Kathryn to find their way out of the caves and back home once the storm has passed. 
All in all, a cute and imaginative read. Many young readers will be able to identify with the characters, and will love the adventure that Tony and Kathryn unwittingly embark on.


Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

This sounds like a good, sweet read...albeit not something I would normally go out of my way to read. I like the Native American undertone though! Great review, Corrine! :)

Author Tommy Batchelor said...

Thanks for the Review, Corrine!!! and taking the time to read my book. I know it's not what you are use to reading.
Tommy Batchelor