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What Catherine discovers is a world she never imagined beneath the placid surface of Georgia's life. While she knew that Georgia was sent to a sanatorium for tuberculosis, she did not know the "san" changed Georgia's life.

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As Catherine sorts through her grandmother's life, she also sorts through her own: her mother's death, her two marriages, her boyfriends and her children. As readers have come to expect, Miller limns contemporary life in deft, sure strokes, with an unerring ear for the way parents and children talk; no one can parse a modern marriage as well as she can.

But in this novel Miller's special gift to readers is her rendering of Georgia's life, particularly the two love stories that mark it. Miller portrays the feverish period in the san—the intrigues, the romances, the very romance of taking a cure—vividly and sensuously. Surely her research was rigorous. Likewise, Miller captures the early, fragile years of Georgia's marriage with great poignancy, ever dividing our sympathies between Georgia and her husband. In the Holbrookes, Miller has created a marriage that survives despite its fault lines, a marriage that seems both modern and old-fashioned: recognizably fraught, yet enduring, the sort of marriage readers hunger to read about.

I chose my grandparents, where I felt safe, where the air seemed lighter, clearer. Where people spoke to each other in seemingly harmless and transparent ways. And left my father to his solitary life. I remember a moment from the spring of that first year I lived with them, four or five months after my mother died. I was lying on my bed in the attic, watching a sudden storm come up.

The sky blackened, the birds stilled, the trees heaved and shuddered, showing the silvery undersides of their leaves. At the end Eric finds his classmates and gets out of the underground and Jana and Carlos are at peace. My overall opinion in of A World Below is that it is an interesting and a fast paced book.

It also talks about animals and biology which made me more interested in the book then I already was about the book. For example there were big spiders almost the size of an average 13 year old which almost killed Silvia but they escaped by harming the spider which captured Silvia and running away and the characters in the book were talking about nature and how Moss only grow on the north side of trees. One part I disliked very highly was the beginning. Overall this is the book is a great book and I would recommend to my peers and everyone else. Sep 22, Angie rated it really liked it Shelves: middle-grade , adventure , realistic-fiction.

Baker's 8th grade class is headed to Carlsbad Caverns for a field trip. Some of the students are more enthusiastic than others about the trip.

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Eric isn't thrilled that his mom is the chaperone. Silvia has panic attacks and is worried about one coming on when they are underground. They are exploring deep in the cave system when an earthquake hits. Baker is swept away and the rest of the class falls into an underground river. Eric is able to get to shore, but the rest end up at a huge lake Mr. Eric is able to get to shore, but the rest end up at a huge lake.

As they try to find each other and the way out, they discover they are not alone. Carlos is the young king of Medianoche and his struggling to live up to his father's teachings. The people of Medianoche have lived underground for four generations. Their enemies, the Worms, led by Jana, have increased their attacks and tensions are high.

The arrival of surface dwellers has thrown everyone into a tizzy. When Carlos meets up with the survivors he has to make a choice. This was an excellent adventure. It was fast-paced and exciting and I didn't want to put it down. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about the Medianoche storyline, but it worked. Eric was wonderfully resourceful and I enjoyed the fact that he learned the difference between being alone and being lonely. Silvia's story was perhaps my favorite.

She was the true hero of this story. In fact she saved the lives of two of her classmates. She became the leader of the group even though she was terrified. Jun 25, Marty rated it really liked it Shelves: middle-grade , adventure-kids.

The World Below -- book review

Baker is a middle school teacher who plans a field trip with his class to the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Some students are excited, others not so much. But they mostly come prepared with snacks and walking shoes. This class group includes Eric and Silvia, two students who don't exactly stand out, Wesley King, the author of the Edgar award-winning OCDaniel great title!

This class group includes Eric and Silvia, two students who don't exactly stand out, but don't really fit in, either. The suspense begins when an earthquake hits, and the cavern collapses, separating Mr.

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Baker, Eric and the rest of the group. Eric begins to search for a way out and things get really interesting when he discovers a colony of humans living in this bizarre underground ecosystem. Meanwhile, anxiety-ridden Silvia is trying to lead the other students as they forage through giant mushroom forests searching for the others. All of the trapped parties need to find out if the cave-dwellers are friends or foes and if they'll help them find a way to escape the caverns. A large variety of readers should enjoy this captivating story.


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Jul 28, Amanda Harrison rated it really liked it. A timely read-aloud for upper elementary--easily paired with the summer Thai soccer team rescue. A World Below is an introductory fantasy novel using the term loosely here that leads a group of students into a untimely trip to Carlsbad Caverns.

An unfortunate earthquake leads to their entrapment. Elements of fantasy blend in when they discover that the caves are populated with not just bats and fish, but with people. Some of the animals seem a bit personalized and supernatural and the whole und A timely read-aloud for upper elementary--easily paired with the summer Thai soccer team rescue.

Some of the animals seem a bit personalized and supernatural and the whole underground forest element is a little unlikely, however, the story is well built and the interpersonal dynamics well done. Given the scope of this book, the scenes, the numbers of people, the groups and resolutions, I felt like a few things were done well--the three children main characters are well built and make since and grapple with very modern situations problems with absentee fathers, severe anxiety , however other minor characters are forgettable.

The ending was also a bit abrupt and a bit deus ex machina.

Honestly, with everything going on here I expected this one to be just the beginning of a new series. Which would have been fine, I would have been happy to read further. Aug 19, Vicki Matheson rated it it was amazing.


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My oldest son read this first and insisted that it I should read it out loud to the family our kids are ages 10, 8, 6, and 1. We loved the adventure and imagery. Reading this before bedtime also made for some fun dreams of exploring and surviving unknown worlds. It took a little to get into at the beginning, but we appreciated the short chapters and fast paced action once it gets rolling.

Almost every chapter ends in a cliff hanger which means it's hard to put down, but it keeps the readers My oldest son read this first and insisted that it I should read it out loud to the family our kids are ages 10, 8, 6, and 1. Almost every chapter ends in a cliff hanger which means it's hard to put down, but it keeps the readers or listeners attention. I think my oldest son identified with the characters, as he's also in the "smart" class at school and the ensuing nerdiness of some of the characters was spot on, which was amusing.

All in all, it was just a really fun book to adventure through as a family. Highly recommend reading it together with your older kiddos. Oct 25, Jeana Lawrence rated it really liked it Shelves: children-s-library. A school field trip turns into a desperate fight for survival as an earthquake hits the Carlsbad Caverns while a class is exploring the caves. Meanwhile a lost civilization is in the middle of a civil war and intruders from the surface must be stopped at all costs. Students and the king of this civilization will have to face their fears and discover a new part of themselves and leave something behind in order to make it out alive in the next twenty-four hours.


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  4. A little slow to start with but the A school field trip turns into a desperate fight for survival as an earthquake hits the Carlsbad Caverns while a class is exploring the caves. Aug 14, Sandy Sopko rated it it was amazing Shelves: middle-grades.

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    Adventure and fantasy. Fourteen eighth graders go on a class field trip with their science teacher, Mr.

    Baker, and a parent supervisor to Carlsbad Caverns, NM. Withdrawn Eric Johnson is looking forward to the outdoorsy field trip because his estranged father loves the outdoors. Silvia Rodrigues hopes her personal issues do not get in the way while she is underground with her class. The last thing the group expects is to be trapped underground by an earthquake.

    The students are separated from the Adventure and fantasy. The students are separated from the adults and must fend for themselves in an alien environment -- will they overcome the personal challenges they face? The story is told from multiple perspectives, is action packed, full of cliffhangers, and has a very original plot -- I really enjoyed it, in spite of it being a fantasy!

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    Aug 11, Cheriee Weichel rated it liked it Shelves: canadian. Make this 3. A class of gifted students are on a field trip into Carlsbad Caverns when there is an Earthquake. They end up in an underground world full of warring communities, monster fish, and killer spiders.