Into the Caves
By P.S. Winn
This book begins innocently enough with twins, Jenny and Jayden celebrating becoming teenagers by having a party at home with their friends. Part of the charm of this book is that while the new teenagers are not perfect, they are polite to their family and even their friends.They all live in the country, not too far from town but in an area ripe for exploration. This summer something very unusual is about to happen.
The two bikes and back packs they got for their birthdays are perfect for the long ride to the caves, their favorite place. Except for chores they have time on their hands; while their parents are at work.
Once inside a cave, they take a turn down a corridor Jenny doesn't remember seeing before-- following the sound of a dog barking. They practically collide with a small Cocker Spaniel, who slips away and jumps into a small opening about a foot and a half wide.
Jayden convinces Jenny to squeeze into the small opening since she's the smaller twin. It's scary but she manages to grab the mischievous dog and get them both out of the tiny opening. The name on his collar reads, 'Portal,' which makes no sense . . . .Yet.
Portal takes off again and they run deeper into the caves than ever before. This time Jenny gets some rope from her backpack and makes a leash for the rambunctious little dog.
Once, out of the caves their familiar town appears --yet not exactly as they know it. People look the same, but speak and act differently. Nothing is as it seems. They make a quick exit with Portal leading the way and contemplate the explainable on their way home. And since no one answers their ' lost dog' posters, Portal now has a new home.
Being teens, their curiosity leads them back to the caves often, sometimes with their friends. Portal always assures that they never get lost. The summer the twins thought would be so boring has become an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.
Author P.S. Winn writes a preteen/ young teen novel full of mystery and twists; meeting a strange helper and watching out for evil. While the author's writing is realistic, this tale is anything but and is reminiscent of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys' detective books set in modern times.
The author has the knack of writing and speaking like her characters which will draw in young kids. This is just one of P.S. Winn's Parallel Adventures, so be sure and watch for the rest. And who could resist an alternate world with a dog named Portal?