N. D. Wilson is a Fellow of Literature at New Saint Andrews College, where he teaches classical rhetoric to freshmen. He married a girl stolen from the ocean, and the two of them now live in Idaho with their four children.
Gr 4-8-Eleven-year-old Tom Hammond lives with his widowed mother in a windblown old house chained to the top of a gigantic rock. One night, unable to sleep, he heads down to the stream that borders their property, where he has left a heavy piece of refrigerator packing foam. What starts out as aimless drifting down quiet water turns deadly when Tom's foam slab feeds into the rougher mountain water and he is pulled under a rock, ending up in an underwater cavern. The secrets he discovers while attempting to find his way out of the mountain caves are surprising, yet seamlessly executed. While Leepike Ridge is primarily an adventure story involving murder, treachery, and betrayal, Wilson's rich imagination and his quirky characters are a true delight. Tom's feisty mother will not believe that her son has drowned despite the evidence to the contrary, and her run-ins with various townspeople are jewels in themselves. There are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep both seasoned and reluctant readers turning the pages. Think Mark Twain with a contemporary and utterly captivating twist.-Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"This is a ripping good adventure yarn. . . . Here's the perfect
remedy for any summer that's been disappointingly short on
--The Bulletin, Starred
"Wilson's rich imagination and his quirky characters are a true
--School Library Journal "[Children] will appreciate both the fast-paced adventure and Tom's determination to make the impossible journey back home."
--The Horn Book Magazine