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Welcome to the school trip from hell

Maybe it’s the bloodstained man who tries to stop their coach, or the fact no one is around at the activity centre when Lance and the rest of his class arrive for their school trip, but something is definitely not right at Crater Lake!

Scary horror story. Whatever you do don’t fall asleep……

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Great read loved the scary start. Allison King ERS

Mrs Hales Moulsham

I loved this book! What a fantastic combination of friendship, suspense and adventure. And an amazing amount of humour! I laughed out loud and really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of a 1980s B-movie, in a very good way!

austin k KEGS

I thought this book was really funny and loved the story line. I liked the way it gripped me right from the start. I’d give this book 10/10 and recommend it to anyone.

Arabella, Moulsham High School

This is the best book I’ve ever read. 10/10.
It’s an outstanding fiction book with comedy and thrills. You can never stop. Each page is a cliff hanger. There is secrets and mystery. It’s a whole different world of a book.

Are you going to write a sequel?

Thea from Haberdshers’ Aske’s School for Girls

This is like no book I have ever read before! The beginning of the book gives a hint that something is wrong with Lance, the main character, and you just want to know what it is – so you keep reading! His Year 6 class are going on a residential trip with this evil teacher, who turns out to be more evil than she first appears…Soon there are only 3 sane kids left, can they save all there friends?

Isabel, Moulsham High School

I don’t like this book, I absolutely love it!
The book is so exciting and left me on the edge of my seat with all the suspense!
My favourite part was definitely the big plot twist. 11/10!

My only question is would you consider doing a sequel?

Lydia, Moulsham High School

This book is amazing from start to finish! The storyline is so unique and the characters all have their own stories. I love how this book has a range of good scenes whether they be sad and upsetting or upbeat and humorous. I was always completely interested to see what happened next. The great thing about crater lake is this mystery alongside the characters.
I do have a question for the author. What inspired the story of the bug eyes in the crater?

Katie, Moulsham High School

I think Crater Lake is a great book with a huge mystery. It’s full of plot twists and excitement as well as some heroic moments. I’d love to read it again and completely recommend to anyone. 10/10.

My question for the author is what inspired the book and gave you the orginal idea?

Sushant L KEGS

This is an amazing book and probably, one of my most favourite books.

Edith, Moulsham High School

I loved this book. It has plenty of plot twists and seems impossible in real life. I have to admit, after I read it the first time, I struggled to sleep!
Maybe you could do a sequel where they return to Crater Lake?
Definitely recommend this book!

Jacob, Moulsham High School

This book was great! I loved the humour in this book. There are many unexpected parts in this book, which make it fun to read.

My question to the author is where did you get the ideas fof the kids backgrounds from?

However, the end I didn’t really enjoy as much, as I was confused a lot.


I loved this book! It introduces a suspenseful voice to adventure and fiction. The book has many plot twists and humorous lines. Every page filled my head with more creativity and knowledge. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves horror, adventure and humour! 10/10

Isabel Moulsham

Crater lake is one of the best books I have ever read it keeps you on the edge of your seat and it’s amazingly funny my only question is what inspired you to write this book?

Frank KEGS

I wholly disagree with everyone else here. The plot was highly predictable and the book tries to be in so many genres but yet spectacularly fails at all. I also didn’t enjoy the narration. There were so many clauses that were not needed but used for some sort of comic relief, sadly it flops and simply breaks up the flow of the book. The words used in the speech make me want to puke honestly. I know people who do say all of them but not together and the use of ‘The Force is strong with him,’ and ‘May the… Read more »

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Solan I KEGS

This is undoubtedly one of the best books I have ever read. The way the factor of suspense and horror was conveyed, put me on edge the entire time! In addition to this, I enjoyed the way everything was described, as it allowed me to imagine the book as a reality throughout the story. As well as this, the crater lake and lifelike bee story line was a completely new approach to a horror story, which made it even more unpredictable! Also, I enjoyed how every turn of the page was left on a cliff-hanger, after a while, i began… Read more »

Vihaan G, KEGS

This is a horror story about a Year 6 trip to possibly the worst destination ever. Before they know it, a group of five children must save themselves to save others from an unknown force slaving everyone else. But they must overcome a problem between friendships that hinders them in their quest. I recommend this book with a rating of 7/10 and would be appropriate for ages above eight, only if you are not easily terrified…

Sophie, Great Easton Primary School

It’s a perfect mix of creepy, gross and funny, because this horror story is designed for children 10+. Whilst reading this, I learnt a bit about wasps and technically aliens. This book is really good!

Frank KEGS

I found this book seriously mediocre. The plot was rather predictable and I felt as if the author tried to include too many different genres until it didn’t really pull of any. The dialogue was also simply so weird. This is obvious in ‘The Force is strong in him’. Who says that? There was also clearly a half-hearted attempt at romance but it simply didn’t go anywhere and I personally find this so aggravating. The mystery around the main character’s secret was poorly built. This was a rather mediocre book that I would only recommend if you had read all… Read more »

Emma MHS

I am speechless. I finished the book a few days ago and its awesome-ness is still in my head. 10/10 best book EVER! I loved it even though I am terrified of wasps! I want to know if we will hear more about lance and his friends!

Kylesh A, KEGS

This was an extraordinary book!
It is about some children trying to survive in a place of monsters and it is filled with cliff-hangers,
suspense and lost and lots of humour! I like how the author gives subtle hints about problems which gradually grow. I would rate it 10/10.

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Nipun I. KEGS

With elements of terror, the author has created an atmosphere of tension throughout the book. As a reader, you cannot put the book down due to the feeling of excitement as well as the burning questions and guesses you have in mind. For me, the number of events with horror meant I just could not stop reading until I succeeded in finding out the further details. The numerous plots played a great part in this, and yes, they made sure I never fell asleep reading this book… I would rate this book a 10/10 and would recommend to anyone who… Read more »

Layla clayton hall academy

I really like this book, after reading the first chapter I couldn’t put it down, it’s full of suspense. The book is also really funny, I loved it that much that I read it in a couple of days. I love everything about this book.

Megan MHS

This book ticks off my ‘great book criteria’ flawlessly. Firstly, it has a fantastic story-line and it keeps you on your toes trying to guess what could happen next. Secondly, the characters are incredible, you can really tell that Killick has thought about them really carefully as they are relatable and lovable in their own way and they each have their own personality. Thirdly, horror/adventure/fiction are my favourite types of books. And lastly, there is a great and valuable message in the book that I won’t say in case you haven’t read it yet. But I will say that the… Read more »

Darcy Great Easton Primary School

One of the best books I have ever read! 12/10! If your looking for mysterious yet funny book this is the book for you. Every page your at the edge of your seat wondering what was gonna happen next! 100% recommend.

Daniella, Year 7 - Harris Academy Ockendon

Crater Lake This book has changed my way of thought. It took me on a roller coaster of emotions, senses. The author has indeed pleased my likings. The reason for this is because Jennifer Killick went straight to the point no waiting and waiting, for then it gets boring, but what she wanted to get across, she did exceptionally well. She formed a clear imagine in my brain, informing me of the little detail, adding in twists and curves to be completely honest, I would love to go on this type of adventure with more books. Another explanation for my… Read more »

Savannah - Harris Academy Ockendon

Crater Lake This book is about a boy (Lance) and his year six class. When they go on a school trip to Crater Lake activity centre, strange things are happening, only once people have woken up from a long sleep. Lance and his friends need to find out what is going on. Their priority is to save their classmates. The other people in the class have turned into bug-eyes (like wasps’ eyes). It’s even harder for Lance and his friends as someone that was helping them had also turned into bug-eyed creature. There are many obstacles in their way. My… Read more »

James KEGS

This is a creepy book which is based on a class going on a trip to Crater Lake not knowing that it could be their last. When looking at the blurb on the back cover, I knew it was going to be suspenseful because the first line gripped my heart “Maybe it was the bloodstained man who tried to stop the bus”. Unfortunately, I felt like the ending was too abrupt, and should have explained in detail what happened to all the people and the teachers.” In summary this is a superb story that is well-thought out and gripped me… Read more »

Rohan Kegs

This book is great.It was a bit slow at the start but then it dived into action,showing us the daring actions a class takes to not fall asleep and turn bad…

Dia, St Cedd's School

This book was really enjoyable and written in a way that made it impossible to put down. It only took me 4 bedtimes to read! Captivating and interesting and I would definitely recommend to anyone trying to find a good book to read. In 3 words this book is mysterious, adventurous and satisfying. 5 stars for sure.

Katie Moulsham high school

Wow what a great book! I loved the storyline of this book… you always want to know what happens next. 10/10. I would recommend this book to anyone.

Anastasia - Hockerill Anglo-European College

Crater Lake was a very enjoyable book. I was engaged in the story and the book made me feel scared, but also happy for them that they start to trust each other throughout the story. The beginning of the book is mysterious although the ending was more satisfying. I would recommend this book to people who like mysterious books.

Ethan K - Hockerill Anglo-European College

Crater Lake is a very interesting and engaging book. It was an extremely good read with plot twists round every corner. I definitely recommend it!

Eleanor - Hockerill Anglo-European College

Crater Lake is a fantastic book. It is about Year 6’s going on a school trip when some strange things start to happen… This book was very tense and suspenseful; the characters were described in great detail. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes adventures!

Scarlett - Hockerill Anglo-European College

I think that the book Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick is an amazing book with a plot that always keeps you guessing. The story is written so well that it actually feels like you are there. I would recommend this book as an instant classic to all my family and friends.

Eadie - Hockerill Anglo-European College

I loved this book because it has a beginning that makes you want to read it and it has a satisfying end. I could follow the storyline easily while still thinking about the book. I really enjoyed reading it because it was very engaging and overall a great read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone because it includes most genres.

Likhita, CCHS

Crater Lake is a fabulous book! It is thrilling, adventurous and funny all at the same time! This book is about Lance and his friends who are determined to save their classmates and teachers who have turned into wasp- bug eyes at a school trip. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves horror. 10/10! When I started reading, I was instantly captivated and eager to know what would happen next, I finished reading it in one day! My favourite character is Lance because he is a considerate, funny, optimistic and determined character. Throughout the book, the description… Read more »