Eleven-year-old Thomas Hammond has always lived next to Leepike Ridge. He never imagined he might end up lost beneath it! What Tom finds underground will answer questions he hadn’t known to ask and change his life forever.
The night Tom’s schoolteacher comes to dinner and asks Tom’s mother to marry him, Tom slips out of the house and escapes down a nearby stream on a floating slab of packing foam. The night and stars lull Tom to sleep, and when he wakes, he has ridden his foam raft all the way to the ridge, where the stream dives underground. Flung over rapids and tossed through chasms, Tom finally hits shore, sore but alive. What Tom finds under Leepike Ridge—a dog, a flashlight, a castaway, a tomb, and buried treasure—will answer questions he hadn’t known to ask, and change his life forever. Now, if only he can find his way home again....
In the grand tradition of Robinson Crusoe, Hatchet, and Tom Sawyer, N.D. Wilson’s first book for young readers is a remarkable adventure, a journey through the dark and back into the light.
What People Are Saying:
"The suspense is well done, sufficient to keep a reader's interest—I was captivated enough to read the book through the first time in one sitting—but Wilson is equally successful at giving us cast of main characters we really care about, who are invested or become invested in events and decisions which are important. And that makes Leepike Ridge a good novel—and not merely good "young adult" fiction." -Matthew Dickerson, Book of the Week at Books & Culture
"This is a ripping good adventure yarn. . . . Here’s the perfect remedy for any summer that’s been disappointingly short on thrills." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Starred
"Wilson’s debut is a literate, sometimes humorous page-turner in the classic tradition. Well-read adventure lovers are in for a treat looking for echoes of The Odyssey and Tom Sawyer.” -Kirkus Reviews
"Tom’s adventures have several literary ancestors, including Tom and Huck in the cave, and the inventive Swiss Family Robinson, but this is solidly set in the present, standing on its own with well-crafted suspense and fascinating survival detail. . . . [M]iddle-grade readers will also relish the physicality of the journey: underwater swims, tight passages, and rock climbing. . . . [An] appealing and easy-to-booktalk package.” -Booklist
"Wilson sets the scene vividly, from Tom’s home to the labyrinth of tunnels and caverns under the mountain, and the central characters’ emotional lives develop both naturally and affectingly. [Readers] will appreciate both the fast-paced adventure and Tom’s determination to make the impossible journey back home.” -The Horn Book Magazine
"Wilson’s rich imagination and his quirky characters are a true delight." -School Library Journal
Nathan Wilson lives and writes in the top of a tall, skinny house only one block from where he was born. But his bestselling novels, including the highly acclaimed 100 Cupboards series, have traveled far and wide and have been translated into dozens of languages. He and his wife have five young storytellers of their own, along with an unreasonable number of pets. You can visit him online at ndwilson.com.
AUTHOR: Nathan Wilson
PUBLISHER: Random House
PAGE COUNT: 256 pages
ISBN 10: 0-375838-74-0
PUB. DATE: May 22, 2007