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Publisher's Note:

Fresh from their hair-raising adventures in The Mystery of the Moon Tower, Kyle, Vic, Beth, Harry, and Nate are now hot on the trail of something big! A secret staircase leads down into the unknown, setting them on an exciting chase for clues left by the wealthy explorer Henry Merriweather, who was rumored to have hidden away a priceless treasure. Are the legends real? Where will the five friends end up? And what dangers will they encounter along the way? Because as they've come to learn, everything comes at a price... In this exciting graphic novel adventure series, richly illustrated by Eisner-award-winning artist Steve Hamaker, the Pathfinders go ever deeper into the labyrinthian Merriweather mystery--and hope they'll come out the other side!…

The Curse of the Crystal Cavern (The Pathfinders Society)

by Francesco Sedita & Prescott Seraydarian

Overall Book Review:

Authors Francesco Sedita and Prescott Seraydarian bring us book two of The Pathfinders Society graphic novel series:  The Curse of the Crystal Cavern. Main characters Vic, Henry, Kyle and Harry are put to the test as they try to solve the clues in this story full of mystery and peril. On their quest, they learn a little Latin and the importance of teamwork. Illustrator Steve Hamaker’s great pictures add to the depth and excitement of the text. As it is book two of a series, not everything is completely clear so it might be a good idea to start with book one, The Mystery of the Moon Tower. Being a graphic novel, there’s not a complicated plot and things move along quickly so this is the perfect read for those who enjoy stories with adventure and riddles that are easy to get through in one or two sittings.

Review of a Digital Advance Reading Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Viking Books for Young Readers

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore: Few (5) brief incidents including character being worried about getting hurt; character almost getting crushed by a machine; character nearly hurt by falling rocks; characters slip and fall but don’t sustain injuries; boat crash without injuries.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

A few references to bodily functions.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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I love being able to help busy parents who just don’t have the time to pre-screen all their children’s books and know how much I appreciate it as my sons have gotten older. I feel very blessed that my amazing husband makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother to four amazing boys. When not reading or enjoying time with my family, I like baking, especially trying new recipes, and the occasional sewing project.