Eddleman, Peggy, Forbidden Flats. 5.22 hrs. (unabr.) Audible, Inc., 2014.
After an earthquake hits White Rock, the town is hit with another possibly devastating blow. The gases from the Bomb’s Breath are lowering due to crack in the Earth’s wall. There is one possibility of saving the town, however. If Hope, a guide from outside White Rock, and her friends can bring back Seforium, they can close up the cracks. The only place the compound can be found is in Heaven’s Reach, a town across the Forbidden Flat and in the Rocky Mountains. To get it, they’ll try and trade some of their Ameiphus, a cure for infection and Shidell’s Sickness, to get it. But, they only have 21 days to bring it back before it’s too late. With dangers along the way, like bandits and more Bomb’s Breath, will the group be able to save White Rock?
Hope is a loveable, endearing main character whose optimism is infectious. The other characters are likable and the dynamic between them is heartwarming and engaging. The use of wits and bravery to save the day instead of braun is refreshing and helps draw the reader into Hope’s world. Narrator, Abigail Ravasch has a unique voice she brings to the characters’ personalities. Although her voice pitch changes in a few unexpected places, her fun narrative style complements this moderate-paced adventure. Despite not having quite as much action and peril as the first book, fans of the first Sky Jumpers will be delighted with this sequel and new readers to the series will be eager to go back and read the first. Recommended for most library collections.
Grades 5 to 9, 4 stars