On the banks of her favorite swimming hole, Crash Adams stripped naked, waded into the shallows, and then smeared dark, oozy mud all over her body.
He slinked away from the water, tucking his tail.
“Oh no,” Crash said, slathering herself with muck, “You, too.”
Her arms, legs, and half her chest were covered in a fine sheen of stinky grime.
She looked like something wild, like a creature of the forest. Her hair, ordinarily messy in even the best circumstances, was a hectic maze of dried mud, tangles, and dirt. Lice skittered in the bare parts behind her ears and then wiggled for cover again.
Zorro wanted no part of it. He barked again. He took another step backward.
“Would you stop making such a racket?” Crash demanded, “Now get in here. Come on.”
Zorro turned his head away.
Crash stopped smearing mud on her neck. The goo oozed down her shoulders and ran in dark lines down her arms. She scratched at the lice on her head.
“Zorro,” she began, “Don’t make me say it.”
The dog planted his feet firmly on the dry ground. He raised his head proudly. He refused to look in Crash’s direction.
So begins The Hunt, the second book in The Adventures of Crash Adams series. This time, all of Crash’s skills are put to the test when an ordinary deer hunt suddenly leaves her miles from home and in serious danger.
The Hunt is a gripping, fast-paced tale about the challenges you have to overcome when the perfect plan goes awry.
Like the other books in the series, The Hunt includes a fun nature craft young readers can replicate at home.
The reviews are in for Crash Adams:
“Crash Adams is full of wide-eyed wonder and well-thought action—she is a resourceful hero, at once alive with the innocence of freedom and the strength to carry responsibility with reason, not the label of burden. She is a force to be reckoned with, and my adventure-loving family will be cheering for her at every twist, jump, and step along the way.” — Whit Honea, author of The Parents’ Phrase Book
“If your kids enjoyed Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they’ll find a kindred spirit in Crash. She’s the kind of singularly capable, adventurous kid that we don’t see in many works for middle-graders. In juvenile novels, you get a lot of precocious children. You get curious and precocious kids like they’re going out of style. But Crash isn’t precocious. She’s clever and quick and hardened by experience, even though she’s only ten. She feels like a throwback, like the lead character from a Laura Ingalls Wilder book who was dropped off in modern-day California and was told that she could ditch the gingham and put on a pair of jeans.” — Tom Burns, Building a Library