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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Geo by Topher Allen is a middle-grade children's book that follows its titular character, a little rock named Geo, on an adventure with unexpected outcomes. Geo lives underground in Golem’s Hollow, a world with tunnels and little excitement in a tightly structured and controlled city. Like most kids, Geo wants to know what is out there beyond the city and is delighted when suddenly an opportunity presents itself. And then it all goes downhill, and down river, from there. His safe little crystal life, alongside those of his cohorts Howard, Selwyn, and Carter are in grave danger if they cannot work together and find a way back home.
You really have to go into a book like Geo with the expectation that it will be different from anything our children have read before. For the record, that's a good thing. Topher Allen does a wonderful job of including important themes relevant to kids in the book's reader group in a fun adventure and some science for good measure. The story is slow to start but only because it takes a minute to figure out where you are and find your footing among, you know, a bunch of walking, talking rocks. I read this book over a few nights with my youngest and there were a lot of “woahhhh”s that are always promising. The very best part is the characters, who are so different and unique. Howard as 'Capt. Panic' was the favorite. There really is no downside to this book, just good laughs and adventure all round.