Nothing interesting ever happens in Diamond Falls, West Virginia, and that's doubly true for local teenagers Emma and Brody. Little do they know that their neighbor, a famous geologist, is about to show them the wildest time of their lives.
When Mr. M's prized rock and mineral collection is destroyed before it can be displayed at the state museum, Emma and Brody jump at the chance to find new samples. The geologist accepts the offer, and promptly sends them back to the year 1775 to help!
Back in time and across the pond in Castleton, Derbyshire, England, Emma and Brody team with a mysterious young girl named Max to recover one of the rarest minerals in the world: Blue John Fluorite. Tapping into courage they never knew they had, the formerly ordinary West Virginians must protect a cave, avoid gun-toting soldiers, and return to the present before they're trapped forever.
Blue John's Cavern is the first book in the middle grade adventure/sci-fi series Crystal Cave Adventures. If you like a little excitement thrown in with your science, then you'll love Tracy Barnhart's fast-paced and compelling debut novel.
Tracy Barnhart was born and raised in Princeton, West Virginia. She grew up swimming and playing in the band. It wasn't until her twenties that she realized how much she loved a good story. Tracy attended Furman University, planning to be a business major, but microeconomics made her want to scratch her eyes until they bleed. Since Furman is a liberal arts school she had to take science and chose two geology classes her freshman year, which changed her path. After receiving a BS in Geology from Furman she went on to receive a Master's degree in Geology at the University of South Carolina.Tracy worked as an environmental consultant for many years, then she took her love of rocks and minerals and turned it into a small business in 2004. Mini Me Geology's line of rocks, minerals and fossils keep her busy she is not writing. Tracy's new fiction series, Crystal Cave Adventures, starts with the book Blue John's Cavern. This book is meant for middle grade readers who love adventure, science and a little science fiction and fantasy rolled into one!Tracy lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina with her husband, two kids and their very large dog, Teddy. When she's not writing, you can find her at the track and swimming pool for her kids' practices or maybe the beach on a lucky day.
A time traveling cave. A vicious band of miners…and pure gold.
When West Virginia teenagers Emma and Brody promised their neighbor, a famous geologist, to help rebuild his decimated rock and mineral collection for a museum display, they didn’t know they would be in for the magical ride of a lifetime.
After a successful trip to 1775 England where they collected the rare Blue John Fluorite, the teens are quick to jump at the chance to travel to the California Gold Rush in 1851. When they arrive at the Gold Rush and meet an old acquaintance, they think the mission will be easy until they realize their friend may not be able to help them at all.
When their actions in the past erase their future, can Emma and Brody right the wrong? With a hostile group of miners hot on their trail, Brody and Emma must collect the gold, save their friends, and salvage the future before it is too late.
Rusher’s Gold is the second book in the middle grade adventure/sci-fi series Crystal Cave Adventures. If you like adventure and time travel mixed with your geology, then you’ll love Tracy Barnhart’s exciting series.
Determined to find the perfect Black Opal, Emma and Brody with the help of Mr. M’s granddaughter Max, travel to Lightning Ridge, Australia in 1925. As they navigate a herd of stampeding kangaroo, goat cart races, and flying boomerangs, the kids meet Rose, a young girl whose mysterious secret will rock their world forever.
When their attempts to collect the perfect opal anger the locals, the kids flee and accidentally land over 2000 years in the future in South Carolina. Can the kids figure out how to return to their own state and time? Will Rose’s secret stop them from helping Mr. M? Will Max finally figure out who destroyed her Grandfather’s prized rock and mineral collection and why? The answers are all inside but may leave you with a new mystery to solve.
Black’s Opal is the third book in the middle-grade adventure/sci-fi series Crystal Cave Adventures. If you like a little excitement thrown in with your science, then you'll love Tracy Barnhart's fast-paced and exciting series.