Crystal Brave: Earthquake at the Taum Sauk

Crystal Brave: Earthquake at the Taum Sauk

by B K Bradshaw


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The day before Crystal Brave's thirteenth birthday celebration, her parents leave for the Taum Sauk Mountain to study petroglyphs,
planning to return the next day. All plans are disrupted by the long-predicted New Madrid earthquake. The devastation in
Southeast Missouri cuts off all communication, leaving Crystal desperate to find out if her parents are safe. True to Brave family tradition, Crystal takes the courageous step of going to find them herself. With the special relationship between her and a horse and a dog, the generous mentorship of those she meets along her journey,
and strength from the love for her family, Crystal faces some of her worst fears, earning passage into her teen years and learning the meaning of her family name.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942905004
Publisher: Goldminds Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 01/22/2015
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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Crystal Brave: Earthquake at the Taum Sauk 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
20730 More than 1 year ago
 I have to say that as an adult I really enjoyed this book, even though the plot is aimed more at teens and young adults. Tommorow is Crystal Brave's thirteenth birthday but it was the only day available for her parents to make the long trip  to Taum Sauk Mountain to try to locate a potential site to excavate. They promise Crystal they will have a big birthday party for her when they return the next day. Very early the next morning tragedy strikes Southwest Missouri when the long dreaded earthquake along the New Madrid Fault occurs. But Crystal's parents do not come home as they promised. Crystal knows in her heart that they are in trouble, so she hatches dangerous plan to rescue them. As she travels, her plan seems to be more and more impossible. The story tells us hory to help her in her quest to reachw the resourceful Crystal goes about crossing the devastated terrain. But she manages to make new friends along the way who try to help her reach Taum Sauk Mountain.  Crystal's last name isn't Brave for no reason. I liked this book very much because it tells about a young girl's love for her parents,  her bravery and determination. I would recommend this book to any young person or even to adults. I found it truly inspiring.        
D_Donovan More than 1 year ago
Crystal is about to turn thirteen and her archaeologist parents have left for a day's journey studying petroglyphs at Taum Sauk Mountain. But timing is everything: that's the day the New Madrid fault shifts and a major earthquake keeps them from returning. The devastation means no communications, but Crystal has access to a horse and sets out on a trek to the mountain, following the path of family tradition in undertaking brave explorations with fierce self-determination. Pre-teens, teens, and adult audiences alike will readily come to recognize that Crystal's adventures are compelling and anything but predetermined. Her interactions with her parents prior to the event are remarkably realistic, as she resents their outside interests and an expedition that seems to precede her birthday in importance. It's lucky that Crystal has experience trail riding and camping in the wilderness. It's lucky that the adult family friend that comes upon her and could stop her, decides to let her go based on Crystal's competence and the devastation from the quake, which limits other options. And it's refreshing to see self-determined courage in a young protagonist who is not being foolhardy, but logical in her quest. Middle-grade preteens, teens and many an adult will find Crystal Brave: Earthquake at the Taum Sauk an absorbing adventure story with a satisfying difference: no world issues or cussing mar the saga. It's an old-fashioned wilderness adventure which, as Crystal Brave demonstrates, doesn't need social issues or urban angst to draw in readers of all ages and keep their attention.
thatweirdnerdygirl More than 1 year ago
A 13 year old girl goes on an adventure to save her parents after an earthquake along the Taum Sauk fault in Missouri. Features a strong female main character, horses, and natural disasters. What more could a kid want?! I’ve lent my copy to younger girls that I know many times and it’s developed quite a ravenous following!
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mkca More than 1 year ago
B K Bradshaw gives this book a blend of nature, adventure and family connection. It is a wholesome and uplifting story. I highly recommend it as a gift to a child.