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Writing unlocks the characters and the whimsical thoughts they hold captive within our imagination.

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Summer camp in the mountains of Idaho could be the rock adventure of a lifetime for twelve-year-old geology buff Casey Buckles. With ice caves and lava tubes, the location offers rare stones galore. But when Casey discovers a cryptic note, threatening death to his family at the very place he’s headed, he must discover the dangers and protect their lives.

Arriving at camp, Casey learns about local folklore of ancient people hidden within the ice caves. Struggling against self-doubt and disbelief, he keeps the warning of danger a secret when convincing best friend Felix, an engineering enthusiast, and new friend Ellie, an aspiring legend hunter, to help find the caves.

But locating the entrance presents more problems than they bargained for and Casey’s impatient decisions trigger the first of many booby-traps, forcing the trio deep into a secret world. There they discover migrant clans who’ve kept their existence veiled for centuries and must now depend on three kids to save them from evil rule. To make it out, Casey risks it all in a fight-or-death quest of lava tube mazes, dangerous logic puzzles, and deadly creatures. Difficult relationships amongst the friends and impossible odds push Casey to the limits, where he must keep his cool to survive or become a part of the legend.

13-year-old Isadora "Issy" Garcia is content hiding her scarred face behind the characters in her story until she accidentally sends her parents into a wormhole, and must follow them through time, relying on an eccentric professor and a street boy to thwart the time pirates and get her family out of 1886 steampunk New York.

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