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A World Below
Contributor(s): King, Wesley

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ISBN: 1481478222     ISBN-13: 9781481478229
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: March 2018

Annotation: Mr. Baker's eighth grade class thought they were in for a normal field trip to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, but their journey takes a terrifying turn when an earthquake hits and the students are plunged into a frigid underground lake, forcing them to fight for survival and find their way back above ground.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
School field trips; Fiction.
Earthquakes; Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories.; bisacsh
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure | Survival Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Science Fiction
- Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries & Detective Stories
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017015619
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.00" W x 0.50" (0.80 lbs) 261 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q72803
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 14.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 February)

Gr 5–8—When Mr. Baker shares with his eighth grade AP class that they will visit Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico instead of the two-night stay in Albuquerque that last year's class experienced, his students are not pleased. They reluctantly show up the day of the trip with snacks in tow and sensible shoes for all the walking they will be doing. What they did not prepare for is the earthquake that strikes suddenly and swallows the class deep into the earth. After their teacher disappears through a crack, the teens are forced to fight for their lives. One of the students, Eric, manages to pull himself out of the swift-moving water but is helpless to rescue the others as they frantically swirl past him. Eric is frightened but through persistence and determination manages to eventually reunite with his class. In the meantime, Silvia has panic attacks and receives therapy for it. She bravely leads her classmates through the winding and booby-trapped caverns. The students discover the deeper they progress in the caverns, the more bizarre underground life exists—including oversize bugs and spiders. They even discover a secret society underground but are sworn to secrecy about its existence. Standard character tropes are used—jocks, popular girls, loners. Protagonists are fairly well fleshed out. Readers will enjoy seeing Eric and Silvia emerge as leaders despite initially struggling with personal setbacks. The conclusion sets up for a forthcoming sequel. VERDICT A swift-paced survival tale that's a cool blend of Lord of the Flies and Journey to the Center of the Earth.—Julie Shatterly, W.A. Bess Elementary School, Gastonia, NC

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.
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