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Lost on Spirit River by Tommy Batchelor

Published by Mirror Publishing

Pages: 156

Ages: Middle Grade

Publishers Summary: Thirteen-year-old Tony’s parents are in the middle of divorce, his mother sends him to his Grandpa’s along the banks of the Flint River in Southwestern Georgia. With his younger cousin Kathryn, they set out to look for a Christmas tree for the holidays, along with Grandpa’s aging beagle, Sally. The three become lost in a snowstorm, which has not hit Georgia in three hundred years. Finding shelter in a hidden cave, stumbling upon Native American art. Now the adventure begins…





A sudden freak snow storm in Southwest Georgia is the very last thing the confident and often arrogant Tony bargained for when he set out to find a Christmas tree. Not only does he have to deal with the onslaught of snow, but his mildly annoying know-it-all younger cousin Kathryn tags along as well. Although, Kathryn may be younger and seemingly precocious for her age she becomes an invaluable aid in their journey to safety. An adventure in the making with a hint of mystery as well. What begins as an average day looking for the perfect Christmas tree becomes something completely different for this teenage duo with ancient ancestry.

Lost on Spirit River was an adventure from beginning to end. When I first picked up the book I knew from the start it wouldn’t take long to finish, but I didn’t anticipate how much fun it would be. The adventure of these two average teens with families much like those of many teens today was great and perfect for young readers. Not only that, but it also exposes them to a bit of “history” with the incorporation of Native American “legends” into the story. Though the accounts of the ancestors may not be factual, they were still similar enough to many of the histories passed down that it will most likely peak their interest into other reading.

As for the characters of Tony and Kathryn, they were exactly what you’d expect from young teens. They were flawed and insecure, but confident and willing to learn from their experiences. What I most enjoyed about the character development was the way in which Batchelor was able to give you enough information about each without dragging it on for some time. With young readers this is key, because too much information can often turn them away from the story. Also, the fact that Tony comes from a somewhat broken home and is struggling to come to grips with that will also bring quite a bit of comfort to many who read Lost on Spirit River.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent reading Tommy Batchelor’s Lost on Spirit River. A freak snow storm that spurs an adventure into the past for two young teens is sure to be a hit with readers. And though I’m not incredibly fond of the cover for this fantastic adventure, I found that within it’s pages is a story that will not only be a bit of a history lesson but a means of comfort to many. This is a wonderful adventure that young readers will not want to miss!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 8-12. Native American ancestry and legend leads to a fantastic adventure for two young teens. Perfect for readers looking for a quick suspenseful and somewhat mysterious journey.

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Thank you so much to the author, Tommy Batchelor, for providing a copy of his book for review!

5 Responses to Book Review: Lost on Spirit River by Tommy Batchelor

  1. I love anything Native American. Very cool!

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  3. Gina says:

    A freak snowstorm in Georgia….huh, wait a second….that sounds familiar (like the weather there now…lol)…. Great find Danielle. Thanks for sharing!

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