Author Tracy Barnhart Releases Third Novel In The Middle Grade Crystal Cave Adventures Series

The Crystal Cave Adventures Series is Designed To Spark Kids' Interest In Stem Science And Science Fiction
By: Tracy Barnhart / Giverny
Blacks Opal Novel
Blacks Opal Novel
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - Oct. 31, 2018 - PRLog -- With the popularity of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs, encouraging children to find their own interest in these subjects is more important than ever. The Crystal Cave Adventures is a novel series for middle grade kids (ages 8 to 12) that blends science and English language arts into a fun and educational experience. The series allows children to enjoy reading an intriguing science fiction adventure that has real science principals woven throughout the story. The series includes Viktor's Ice (a prequel novella), Blue John's Cavern, Rusher's Gold and the most recent release, Black's Opal.

The Crystal Cave Adventures follows teens Emma Egeran and Brody Bascom as they travel through time in search of rare mineral samples to rebuild a unique collection once owned by their neighbor, Heath Matthews, a.k.a. Mr. M. When a burglar destroyed Mr. M's collection, the teens offered to help recollect the samples and quickly found out that time traveling through a magical crystal cave was the secret behind the collection.

Black's Opal Official Blurb:

West Virginia teens Emma and Brody, are on a mission to help their neighbor, Mr. M, find new samples of his famed rock and mineral collection that were destroyed in a vicious robbery. Little did they know that collecting the rare samples would sending them traveling through time in a magical crystal cave.

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.

You can find Black's Opal and the first three books in the series everywhere books are sold. Available in eBook and paperback.

About Tracy Barnhart

Tracy Barnhart has been a Professional Geologist for more than 20 years. In addition to her novels, she owns Mini Me Geology, a company that provides a unique blend of high-quality geology products with free educational information. Uniquely combining rocks and minerals from around the world and other geology related books and accessories with free educational information and puzzles, Mini Me Geology is the destination for kids and parents looking for quality science toys, education, and fun.  For more information on her books and business, visit or her website Mini Me Geology.

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