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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Into The Cave is a novelette by M.M. Meyer. Fifteen-year-old Adam Mealin loves school and is a straight-A student, but is constantly bullied by football player Scott Farmer. Adam’s best friend and next door neighbor, Jenny Elliott, describes Scott as a Neanderthal and tells Adam to ignore Scott’s constant taunts after he is once again targeted in the school cafeteria. With plans to go trekking into the forest, Adam and Jenny happen upon a cave which they had never noticed before. Jenny and Adam explore the cave, only to come face to face with a family of Neanderthals who mistake them both for gods. The leader of the family is a doppelganger of Scott and introduces himself as Grot. Initially, Jenny and Adam think Scott is taking part in a re-enactment of sorts, but when they turn around to return home, the cave has closed off and they are stuck in a prehistoric world where they are forced to hunt or gather for food and clothing, drink from a nearby stream, fight off wild animals that want to kill them, and run from a swarm of bees. When one of the family is mortally wounded, it takes all of their knowledge and skill to try to save a precious life, while wondering if they will ever make it back home to their own time.
What a wonderfully unusual story! M.M. Meyer has adventure story-telling down to a fine art. The very real and problematic issue of bullying is tackled masterfully in Into The Cave, as is the importance of knowing how to swim and learning basic first aid. Although Adam and Jenny are strangers to the group of Neanderthals, they are readily accepted and included in the everyday living activities of hunting for food and skins, finding shelter, gathering berries, fruits and vegetables, and fending off wild animals. I found myself crying when a beloved member of the tribe is struck down, showing that the story was able to fully engage me emotionally. I very much enjoyed Into The Cave and recommend it to all readers over the age of twelve who enjoy action, humor, drama and tragedy all rolled into one amazing historic adventure!