Publication Date: October 2009
Book Acquisition: Traveling ARC Tours
My Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars
In a refreshing change, along comes a children's book that does not rely on magic to explain the unexplainable. The Krybosian Stairpath puts forth the notion that just because you don't understand something, it doesn't mean there must be magic behind it. Knowledge and perspective can make all the difference.
Enter a world of wonder deep inside the earth as 11-year-old geologist Madison Terrence follows her pet gopher down a stairpath portal she discovers in her family's cavern. When she descends the Krybosian Stairpath, a mystery from her family's past begins to unravel. She soon realizes her arrival in the interior world of Krybos is no accident. Madison discovers that she's been pulled into a sinister plot to destroy the most beautiful place she has ever seen.
As a kid, I loved books that were full of adventure. I also was pretty in love with rocks - I filled the back of my dad's car with nothing but rocks one summer :) I really wish this book was written years ago so I could have read it as a kid! (no, I'm not telling you how many years ago that would be!).
Adventure and geology? Awesome!
For me, the Krybosian Stairpath was a really cute middle grade story that I think would really appeal to young kids. The characters are very likable and the situations were pretty exciting.
Even before Madison enters the world of Krybos I was captivated by the setting of this book. Madison and her family live in a house built into the side of a mountain. The stairpath appears in her family's cavern - that is literally what it is - a huge cavern that is essentially her backyard.
A very easy read, but also an enjoyable one. I would recommend this book to young kids - the age range seems just about right to me. Anyone really though who enjoys MG adventure stories, I think will enjoy The Krybosian Stairpath