Field trip into a cavern?
Last year’s class attended a play and went to a nice restaurant in the city!
But…what if someone doesn’t like tight spaces or the dark or their classmates?
This is really not what quiet Eric or popular Silvia envisioned when their gifted class graduation trip was announced – and then comes the earthquake!
What’s your ‘worst field trip ever’ story?
Book info: A World Below / Wesley King. Paula Wiseman Books/ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018. [author site] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.
My Book Talk: Trapped in Carlsbad Caverns by an earthquake, a group of eighth graders encounters people living its depths as the young teens struggle against obstacles and their own fears to reach the surface.
Routine field trip a few hours from their New Mexico town, bring some water and a snack for the short tour, simple – until the rumbles begin and the kids are separated from their teacher and chaperones!
Silvia tries to keep them together after an icy river carries them far from the Big Room, but these passageways make her claustrophobia flare up.
Quiet Eric finds himself alone in a forest of glowing mushrooms, crossing paths with a giant rat and wondering about the carved M in this “unmapped” part of the Caverns.
Trespassers in the Midnight King’s realm! And not the renegade Worms who have rejected one hundred years of tradition…
Can the classmates find their way to safety?
Why would anyone choose to live deep in the earth?
This unexpected adventure is recounted from the viewpoints of three different young people far below the surface, as well as the rescue personnel and anxious parents above ground.