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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Veronica and the Volcano by Geoffrey Cook with illustrations by Gabrielle Shamsey is an adventure book for children. Veronica lives on a volcano, but there is nothing out of the ordinary about her. Deciding on a birthday present for her mother, Veronica talks her parents into letting her go to Mount Mystery, where she will find the pearls she is looking for. The journey is fraught with danger as they take the Lava car over Magma Pass, through the Cinnamon Forest, and over the Yellow Lake to get there - and then the real adventure starts. Pirates, diamonds, erupting volcanoes and then the choice of life or death. When Veronica chooses, the world falls apart and disaster ensues. Can Veronica and her friends save the day or will Crater Lake, their home town, disappear forever?
Veronica and the Volcano by Geoffrey Cook is a great adventure book. Special mention must be made of the illustrations by Gabrielle Shamsey – these really complemented the story and set it apart from many other books of its kind. This is a learning story as well – as Mr. Cook says, it complements the STEM curriculum and brings science to children at a level they can understand and learn from – and I learned quite a bit that I didn’t know! The glossary at the back was incredibly helpful in teaching us some of the scientific terms used as well. The story itself is fabulous, it has a great plot and it is all go from start to finish. There are some lively colorful characters here, all developed really well to a stage where I could identify with them. I was rooting for the girls and their families all the way through. Kids are going to love this book, it’s a fantastic action-packed adventure that they can lose themselves in for a few hours. I will definitely be reading more of the Veronica series!