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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. Wicked witch with a twist 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Sep 2012

    This review is from: Hike up Devil's Mountain (Kindle Edition)
    I received this book free to read and review
    Although a short children's story I enjoyed it, however I don't think it is one of those "for all ages stories". The style of writing brings the characters to life and the description of the climb up the mountain very good. Once I reached the end I realised that I should have known what was going to happen but it did come as a bit of a surprise.

  2. Boys will be boys 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Sep 2012

    This review is from: Hike up Devil's Mountain (Kindle Edition)
    I received a complimentary copy of this book to review it. This was a great short read. The author gets you right into the story right from the beginning. Disobeying parents has consequences and this story is no different. Andy disobeys and goes into an old house where he finds a "treasure"? He then meets two bullies, Jason and Danny. Their journey together, both before and after going up Devils Mountain was well developed by the author bringing in suspense and intrigue, changing their lives forever. The boys lives will never be the same after their journey up the mountain and meeting the old woman.
    Who is this woman? Why is she on top of Devils Mountain? What changed the boys? Hope you read the book and find out.

    This is the first book I read by Penny Estelle and look forward to reading more of her books.

  3. What a fantastic book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Sep 2012

    For the first time, I was thrilled to have my son glued to the computer. This was his first experience with an Ebook, and it was definitely a success. For days all he could talk about was Hike Up Devils Mountain and what was happening in the book. He was so excited about it that my younger daughter insisted we read it to her. This book has been enjoyable for the entire family!

  4. Fun but short read 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Sep 2012

    This review is from: Hike up Devil's Mountain (Kindle Edition)
    When Andy disobeys his mom and sneaks into the basement of a condemned old house that is to be torn down, he trips and finds a box under an old cabinet. Enter the Crew brothers-Jason, 12 year old bully and 10- year old Danny. When Jason tries to take the box away from Andy, he accidentally ends up as a toad, with a little help from the strange box.

    The boys must hike up Devil's Mountain to get turn Jason back to a boy.

    The author does a great job making the reader see the boys' trip up the mountain in her/his head. You feel the characters' dread, fear, awe, surprise and the anxiety of a few close calls as the elements attempt to hamper the boys from making it to their destination. Along the way the boys learn to help and trust each other. Happy and surprising ending is very age appropriate. I would recommend this short novella to kids age 10-13.

    I received a free copy of this book in return for my review.

  5. Great Read, but too short! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Sep 2012

    This review is from: Hike up Devil's Mountain (Kindle Edition)
    When 10-year-old Andy approaches the condemned house at the edge of the neighborhood, he knows he's asking for trouble. Not only did his mother forbid him to go to the house due to be razed, but also everyone he knows talks about it being the former home of a wicked witch who has since moved to the top of Devil's Mountain. But Andy isn't about to let some sissy warning from his mother or idle town gossip keep him from investigating the house. A simple premise, but author Penny Estelle treats it in a delightful manner that will have even adults eager to find out what happens next.

    Author Estelle doesn't hesitate: her book opens right in the middle of the action as readers see Andy on the verge of entering the basement of the dilapidated home from an external entrance. As he investigates suspicious-looking boxes and a furnace missing its door, twelve-year-old Jason and his younger brother, Danny, follow him inside the basement. Jason doesn't hesitate to taunt Andy about being scared; as a new kid in town and the elder son of wealthy parents, Jason tries to exert his superiority over Andy.

    Andy, however, isn't about to back down, and the two boys begin to scuffle. Just when the fight comes to its climax, though, Jason disappears, seemingly into thin air--and Andy and Jason's younger brother are left to decide how to get Jason back. The two decide the only way to bring Jason back is by visiting the so-called witch on Devil's Mountain, and that's where the adventure begins.

    This short book for young readers packs quite a punch--author Penny Estelle doesn't back down from including twists and turns at every possible chance, and as a result readers will be flipping pages impatiently to know how it all ends. Estelle's prose targets her audience well. Although some of her dialogue may not sound true to life (at certain points it's a little too explanatory and above the age of her target readers,) for the most part she will definitely keep readers engaged.

    The only major complaint I have of this book is that it ended too soon, and it is certainly reminiscent of the once-popular "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. A fun afternoon read for adults and possibly a weekend read for younger readers, I wholeheartedly recommend Hike Up Devil's Mountain for fans of good old-fashioned action adventure.

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