The Headmaster’s Cave: Review



About the Book

Title: The Headmaster’s Cave (The Adventures of George and Flanagan, Book #1) | Author: D.S. Allen | Publication Date: October 3, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Number of pages: 172 | Recommended age: 8 to 12


No one goes into The Headmaster’s Cave.

George Stewart is no hero, but when his friend disappears, he must confront his fears to rescue Dougie and to finally uncover the mystery of The Headmaster’s Cave.

The 120th anniversary of the disappearance of seven children and their Headmaster in a local cave known as The Headmaster’s Cave is approaching. The knowledge that one of George’s ancestors disappeared with the other children has haunted him and his family for generations. When George and Dougie receive an unexpected email stating that the mystery has finally been solved, Dougie and Katie try to persuade George to journey with them. But not even the enticement of uncovering the mystery can tempt George to follow the word of a stranger to the dangerous and ‘haunted’ cave. Only when Dougie goes missing, will George and his friend Katie, accompanied with his dog, Flanagan, journey to rescue his friend.

On their way, they must not only battle their fears, but must also overcome nature’s obstacles, Old Maggie and her dog pack, and the local bullies. But that’s nothing compared to the terror that awaits them in The Headmaster’s Cave, when the mystery is finally revealed.

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The mystery of the cove eludes the town and influences the relationship of the children in town who know the infamous story well.  The MG/YA book is geared for middle grade and young adult readers, and I would recommend it because of the action, friendships, and mystery.  We follow George and his friends, Katie and Dougie, along as they attempt to visit the site of the cove which was part of a tragic story in which many of the townspeople had died over a century previous.  George’s associations with the tragedy cause him issues at school, and he’s determined to learn the truth from history.  The role of dogs is an important part of the book, and I love the determination of George’s beloved dog, Flan.  Maggie, a character who George doesn’t quite understand, leads her dogs to an important part of the ending.

The writing is face-paced and detailed; I certainly think young readers would enjoy reading this story.  Also, I kept thinking about the classic film of my youth, The Goonies, while I was reading.  Both explore wild adventure and tests of friendships. Certainly, there are major differences between this book and the film, but I can say if you like the Goonies, you will like this book!

The Buzz About the Book

“The Headmaster’s Cave is a fun and exciting read by an author who’s obviously not forgotten what it’s like to be young. The Headmaster’s Cave is most highly recommended.” ~ Readers’ Favorite, 5 Stars

“…In the end the truth about The Headmaster’s Cave and the events surrounding it will come as a surprise – but not until chapters of thrilling adventures, self-examination, and challenging encounters spice a read designed to draw in even the more reluctant reader, providing a vivid story that explains some events but leaves the door open for further adventures.” ~ D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“Kept me on my toes and found myself not wanting to put it down, even fell asleep reading just to find a good stopping point. Great read and would defiantly recommend to those young readers interested in adventures and mysteries.” ~ Marcus W., Amazon


About the Author: D.S. Allen

DSphotoBorn in County Antrim, N. Ireland. I grew up and lived for many years in the beautiful town of Whitehead. It lies nestled on the east coast overlooking Belfast Lough. On a clear day it is possible to see the sunny shores of Scotland.
I am currently a teacher and a writer. My profession has taken me to Scotland and Oman. I am currently living in Germany.

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