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Hike Up Devil's Mountain

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Ten-year old Andy Thompson disobeys his mother and sneaks into the basement of an old abandoned house that’s due for demolition. He stumbles upon a mysterious box under an old cabinet. And his troubles begin when he looks inside. The Crew brothers, twelve-year old Jason, and ten-year old Danny, also find their way to the basement. New to town, Jason has established himself as the school bully. A struggle ensues between Andy and Jason and the bully ends up as a toad. Somehow, the boys must reverse the magical spell. And that means hiking up the dread mountain: fast pace, fast action and just a few scares and surprises on the way! The lives of all three boys seem destined to change forever, if they survive…

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  1. Awesome book for kids to enjoy 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Oct 2012

    I enjoyed reading this book. The ending twist is great! I can’t wait for it to be the number one american novel. Penny Estelle‘s plots are fabulous!

  2. Great story for kids 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Sep 2012

    This review is from: Hike up Devil's Mountain (Kindle Edition)
    Andy goes to an abandoned house against his mother's wishes. While there he find a strange glowing stick and the local bully. Jason and Danny come from money and are new in town. Because of that, Jason thinks he is better than the locals and like to throw his weight around. Jason and Andy start fighting over the glowing stick and Jason gets turned into a toad.

    Andy knows there is a witch that lives on the top of Devil's Mountain and the boy's start the long journey hoping to get Jason turned back. They face many threats like a voice telling them to "Go Back," trees that attack them, a raging storm, and a monster in a cavern.

    This was a cute short story for children. I have a person hate for bullies and especially those that think they are better because they have money so this book hit a little home. I liked how they ended up working together and having Jason getting a bit of an awakening.

    This is a great little read for kids. Pick up your copy today.

  3. Magic is alive and hopping along 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Sep 2012

    This review is from: Hike up Devil's Mountain (Kindle Edition)
    Excellent fast fun read! This is more like a novelette than a novel and was a very fast read. It's age appropriate and the two friends (ages 10 and 11) that I shared it with thoroughly enjoyed it as did I :) Very well written, well edited and a very clever fantasy read. The twist at the ending is fabulous!
    Read it! You'll enjoy it and be glad you did.

  4. Great fantasy story for children! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Sep 2012

    This review is from: Hike up Devil's Mountain (Kindle Edition)
    Just finished this book. Loved this fantastical story and the reveal at the end. Hope you're marketing it as a children's chapter book. I think it could be read to or read by children 6-12. As a teacher, I loved the descriptive writing in all the action scenes, setting details, and tiny attention to detail such as the veins in the dragon's wings. I could picture it all. I would use it to teach how to write painting a "mind movie". This story kept me wanting to read on, even as a chapter ended!

  5. Awesome read 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Sep 2012

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    This review is from: Hike up Devil's Mountain (Kindle Edition)
    An awesome short read for both children and adults. A novelette that you can't put down until you've reached the end.
    I look forward to reading the author's next novel/novelette.

  6. Fun, Fast read for middle elementary students 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Sep 2012

    This review is from: Hike up Devil's Mountain (Kindle Edition)

    Andy Thompson decides to disobey his mother and to actually venture into the old abandoned house that is about to be demolished. His curiosity has gotten the best of him and he just can't help himself. When inside, he comes across a shiny box that has a glowing stick lying inside it. As soon as he takes it out of the box, he is joined by Jason Crew and his little brother Danny. The two are new to town and Jason already has the reputation of being a big bully. The two boys are quite rich and their father is taking over the failing lumberyard in town.

    Jason starts picking on Andy, demanding to see the stick that Andy is hiding behind his back. Andy tries to scare off the boys by talking about the legend that the house used to belong to a witch who now lives up on the mountain and still keeps watch over what goes on inside. When the boys start to wrestle over the stick, Andy calls Jason a toad and suddenly he turns into one! No matter what they try, they can't turn Jason back into a boy. Danny decides they need to go seek out the witch who lives up on the mountain, and their crazy adventure really begins.

    Hike Up Devil's Mountain by Penny Estelle is cute and full of adventure for elementary-aged readers. The boys encounter all kinds of obstacles as they climb the mountain, sometimes seeming to barely escape with their lives. When they finally find their way to the witch, the boys are faced with a big surprise and Andy learns something new about himself. There is enough action to keep the pages moving quickly. It would work well both as a read-aloud and for independent reading by middle elementary students.

    It's an adventure in fantasy and magic and has a small lesson for bullies. It felt a little short, but perhaps could lead to a whole series about Andy and his adventures. I read it on my lunch break and look forward to sharing it with the elementary students in my life.

  7. Great Fantasy Novella for the Young (or young at heart) 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Sep 2012

    This review is from: Hike up Devil's Mountain (Kindle Edition)
    Hike Up Devil's Mountain by Penny Estelle, is a novella that is sure to capture the imagination of any young boy or girl who has a Grade 4,5,6 reading ability. It has everything they love in a Fantasy novel: plenty of magical & strange occurrences as our heroes hike up Devil's Mountain to find a solution to a bully's very unusual predicament. The author hooks readers from the beginning and keeps them on that hook until the final twist in the story is revealed. Parents will like the fact that the book discusses parental disobedience and bullying.

    My 8 year grandson, who is a prolific reader, chose this chapter book for his bedtime story. He thought the book was "Super Good" except for some parts of the hike that dragged on too much. He wanted me to skip through some of the descriptive narrative as he felt it "just confused the story". We had to read certain sections more than once to get a clear idea of what was happening. This wouldn't be a problem for an adult, however, this novel is geared to early readers. This may be a product of his younger age but he read the Potter books so I will accept his comment at face value.

    Overall Hike Up Devil's Mountain is a very fun read. The book also receives a grade of 96% for the excellent spellchecking and grammatical structure of it's sentences & paragraphs.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookRooster in exchange for an honest review. I am not related nor friends with this author. I know that false reviews are a problem, and therefore I acknowledge that the opinions expressed in the review are fully mine except where specifically identified as that of another person.

  8. You'll actually pause to catch your breath! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Sep 2012

    This review is from: Hike up Devil's Mountain (Kindle Edition)
    Ms. Estelle is a new author to me. When I read the blurb for this book I just had to load it to my Kindle for PC. This book is a quick read filled with vivid imagery that will make you feel like you are actually on this adventure with young Andrew, Danny & Jason.
    By the time you reach the top of Devil's Mountain with these boys, your heart will be racing and you'll actually find yourself pausing to catch your breath. This adventure is laced with an underlying lesson on bullying. I encourage parents to load this book to your child's ereader for a whirlwind adventure that will teach them a lesson they will carry with them long after they've read the last page.

  9. YA book lover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Sep 2012

    This review is from: Hike up Devil's Mountain (Kindle Edition)
    An exciting and imaginative ride! Penny Estelle weaves a fun, but sometimes thrilling story as Andy, Danny, and Jason make their way up Devil's Mountain. My daughter (9) loved the book and thought the ending was a great surprise! Entertaining and short for a fast read. Wonderful!

  10. Action, adventure, andsuspense 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Sep 2012

    This review is from: Hike up Devil's Mountain (Kindle Edition)
    This is a fun story with a moral for middle grade readers. Andy disobeys his parents by going into a house set for demolition. He's surprised there by two other kids and things go downhill from there. Lots of action, adventure, and suspense fill the pages of this fun read!

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