Friday, January 8, 2016

Going Where It's Dark By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor|Review

Going Where It's Dark
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on January 12th, 2016
Genre: Middle Grades
Pages: 336
Format: ARC

From the Newbery Award–winning author of Shiloh comes a middle-grade novel that combines adrenaline-fueled adventure with a poignant coming-of-age story about a boy who loves the challenges he faces when caving but finds daily life dealing with his stuttering problem a most difficult challenge. Buck Anderson’s life seems to be changing completely. His best friend, David, has moved away; his anxious parents are hounding him more than ever; he has reluctantly agreed to fill in for his uncle and do odd jobs for a grumpy old veteran in town; and his twin sister has a new boyfriend and is never around anymore. To top it all off, Buck is bullied by a group of boys at school—mainly because he stutters. There is one thing that frees Buck from his worries. It is the heart-pounding exhilaration he feels when exploring underground caves in and around his hometown. He used to go caving with David, but he's determined to continue on his own now. He doesn’t know that more changes are headed his way—changes that just might make him rethink his view of the world and his place in it.

My Thoughts

If you are looking for adventure, then this the book for you! Buck Anderson, a thirteen-year-old spelunker, always imagined exploring uncharted caves with his best friend David. Unfortunately, that dream is soon dashed when David moves miles away. Now friendless and bullied because of his stutter, Buck can only do one thing. Exploring caves. His parents, on the other hand, disapprove of his dangerous hobby, forcing Buck to keep his outings secret. Although, Buck breaks the number one rule of caving numerous times, that does not deter him from exploring hidden worlds. Follow Buck as he tackles his problems head on in this adventurous and unique book that is great for all ages!
I really enjoyed the descriptions and details that went into Buck’s adventures. I felt like I was in the story, scaling the walls and admiring the hollowed out rock. It was easy to follow the story from start to finish, captivated till the very end!

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