Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool
Then, an earthquake reveals a hidden cave encrusted with glittering crystals and Darius thinks that he has found the answer. He sets out to provide the town with a Gift the likes of which they have never seen. What actually happens, however, is completely unexpected and completely satisfying.
Part coming-of-age story, part adventure novel, Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool doesnt break new literary ground, but nevertheless holds fast to the best traditions of middle-grade fiction. The parents are benign, but somewhat useless so it is up to the children to save the day. It suggests that there are treasures hidden everywhere, if only we knew where to lookbut similarly suggests that sometimes, the most precious treasures are not those that glitter, but those that shine from the heart.