by Mike Klaassen


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He was looking for an opportunity to run away from his foster parents. Instead, he begins a journey that will either land him in jail or get him killed. Fifteen-year-old Bodie McCann is on a youth-rehabilitation spelunking trip in the Ozarks of Arkansas. When an earthquake crushes the adults, he finds himself stranded in the wilderness with four other juvenile delinquents. Tensions escalate as they struggle to feed themselves and escape the dangers of the wild. After the boys discover a marijuana farm, Bodie makes a decision that traps him deep in a pitch-black cave all by himself. "Cracks" is another of Mike Klaassen's growing portfolio of youth-oriented adventure stories. Imagine blending "Hatchet" and "Lord of the Flies" with a touch of "Deliverance" and you'll have a feel for this one. Buy "Cracks" to experience the thrill and adventure of this YA novel today!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483599281
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 06/08/2017
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mike Klaassen began writing fiction when his sons were teenagers. His first two books were young-adult action/adventure novels influenced by his experience as a Kansas farm boy and as a Scoutmaster. A visit to the site of the Battle for New Orleans led Mike to write Backlash: A War of 1812 Novel, featuring five young Americans in the fight of their life. Ongoing research encouraged Mike to write books about the craft of writing fiction. The use of folktales as examples in his nonfiction books inspired him to begin Klaassen's Classic Folktales, a collection of ancient tales retold as novellas. On the drawing board: a zombie apocalypse.

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Cracks 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that CRACKS by Mike Klaassen is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!
L_D_Alford More than 1 year ago
Cracks is a tight adventure novel that delivers nonstop action. If you are a fan of wilderness adventure, you will not want to pass by this strong older teen and young adult novel. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you with a lot to think about. Bodie McCann is a lost cause and he is starting to figure that out. His life has led him through foster homes and juvenile detention, and his current scrape with the law has put him in a program of rehabilitation for juveniles. That program takes teens and gives them wilderness experiences to help them get their lives together. For Bodie, this experience begins with spelunking, and a major earthquake is just the beginning of his potentially life changing problems. I don't want to give away too much of the plot because it is a string of adventures that are best read and savored. This novel is hard hitting and doesn't shy away from addressing drug use, human suffering, and youthful cruelty. It is a strong mixture of Lord of the Flies with a Deliverance-like driver. It will appeal to those who like a great read with tense situations. Mike Klaassen can be relied on to give the gritty side of life with a strongly redemptive message-get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How long can you hold your breath? Long enough to survive a torrent of ice-cold water that drags you under when an earthquake hits while you are deep inside an Ozark Mountain cavern? That¿s only the beginning of a rough and tumble adventure that has sixteen-year-old Bodie McCann using every ounce of his courage and survival skills to make it back to civilization alive. Bodie is on a youth rehabilitation outing as he is given a chance to turn his troubled life around. When earthquakes hit over and over again, killing the adult leaders of the expedition, Bodie and the boys set out to find help. Bodie soon finds himself at odds with the other boys who have no desire to turn their lives around. They begin to leave a trail of vandalism and death as they hold Bodie a virtual hostage of their gang. While making his frightful way back, Bodie finds a new feeling of self-respect and self-worth, along with the awesome feeling of unconditional love granted to him by his foster parents. Mike Klaassen has written a powerful adventure novel for young adults, one that will keep them glued to the book from beginning to end. By Faith Reese Martin - Author of Lost and Found Colony and Conestoga Courage for Young Adults
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Klaassen has once again perfectly targeted his audience of middle school and older boys who like to read adventure novels. In this exciting outdoor adventure, the boys in the novel have to deal with unexpected threatening circumstances, and their struggle to prevail is compellingly told. It's a page turner, with lots of action, and also an insightfully told characterization of boys growing up and learning what they're capable of doing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this survival novel, five troubled teens make their way through the Ozark wilderness. An intense novel, smoothly written. Klaassen keeps the action going and squeezes every bit of excitement from every line. For the most part, the pace is fast. Characters are well defined and realistic. With unusual experiences (cave exploration, earthquakes...), the book is easily recommended, especially for boys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When, while reading Cracks, it gets so intense that one wants to put the book down for a breather. One canâ¿¿t. It is too gripping a read. One natural disaster after another happens to a group of five boys who are deemed potentially rehabitable, but can they be redeemed? Will they survive the disasters as well as the vengeance they reap upon one another? The boys are taken on a spelunking trip deep into the caves of the remote Arkansas Ozarks. The first earthquake hits while the boys and their leaders are still deep in the caves. They escape only to watch their adult leaders killed in another earthquake causing a landslide to fall on them. The boys are on their own, and the only boy who has some survival skills is Bodie McCann whose foster father had previously taken him camping and fishing. Bodie soon learns that the other four boys savagely sabotage his attempts to help them escape and incessantly fight with one another, though they begrudgingly accept the food he finds and hunts for them. Matters only get worse as the boys face more earthquakes, forest fires, and then find a cache of marijuana in a hidden mountain cabin. When they ransack another house, Bodie sees his foster parents on the T.V., begging for him to come home. The other boys refuse to let him go, so he has to run for it with them chasing him with guns and knives. Will he escape, get home, and mend his ways? Mike Klaassen has written another adventurous, powerful book. Cracks is a book young boys will relate to, knowing that there is always hope for their future in spite of the direst circumstances. This book is must read for young people and for counselors leading youth rehabilitation groups.