The Rift in the Rock

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The trouble started with a stone.


A Middle-grade Grounded Fantasy
(62,000 words)

An earthquake plunges twelve-year-old Tristan Matterhorn and his autistic sister into a magical world beneath Old Faithful geyser.  Trapped in a labyrinth of ancient lava fissures, steam vents, and molten rock, they unearth a conspiracy that’s going to cause the Yellowstone supervolcano to erupt.  Helped by a mysterious stone that enhances their senses, they must decide whether to escape before the explosion, or stay and try to save the park.

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“Think of the marvelous explosion that will result. Hundreds of cubic miles of molten rock flying from the earth!”

The Boulder Chief in THE RIFT IN THE ROCK

As an adventure set in the natural world with all of its beauty and danger, this tale will appeal to fans of The Wildwood Chronicles and the Wing and Claw series. Like the brother-sister relationship in Al Capone Throws Me a Curve, Tristan’s understanding of his sister is tested to its limits.

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