Crater Lake Evolution


By Jennifer Killick
Published 20th May 2021 | ISBN 9781913102647

It’s five months since the Crater Lake Year Six alien invasion school trip from hell, and Lance and his friends have struggled with the transition to high school. But now things have got strange in their hometown of Straybridge: there’s been an explosion at the university, a mysterious creature has escaped, the town is under curfew and Lance’s mum is acting seriously weird. Cut off from help can Lance reunite Katja, Chets, Ade, Big Mak and new friend Karim, to tackle an enemy straight out of their nightmares…

The hilariously terrifying sequel to middle-grade comic horror bestseller Crater Lake.

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Praise for the book

‘Jennifer Killick has done it again! Crater Lake Evolution is wickedly smart sci-fi horror, with some seriously creepy moments and some important things to say about friendships and how they can change on us.’ Liam James @notsotweets / bookwormhole

‘A delicious mix of spooky action and relatable humour.’ Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

‘This fast paced adventure story is the perfect follow-up to the popular Crater Lake. I was nervous going into this book, because everything about book 1 is just so special. However I shouldn’t have been worrried, the characters we know and love are back complete with fresh additions, and this is another fantastic read.’ Andy Midwinter


Praise for Crater Lake:

  • ‘This is howlingly funny horror for beginners, Jennifer Killick, the author of the Alex Sparrow series and Mo, Lottie and the Junkers, has a fine ear for comic dialogue. She also makes little stabs at educational “norms”, especially the social eugenics of secondary school transfers – Lance knows he will never get into Bing, the selective school Chets is heading for. It’s also big on heart as the children reveal their secret “weaknesses” and so gain the strength they need.’ Alex O’Connell, The Times Children’s Book of the Week and included in The Times 20 Children’s Books for Summer 2020
  • ‘A darkly hilarious treat for those of eleven plus.’ Philip Womack, Literary Review
  • ‘This is the fifth book by Jennifer Killick and it contains everything that we have grown to love from her writing. Realistic and personable characters, authentic dialogue and a cracking sense of humour. Somehow she manages to make even the most surreal characters and situations seem believable. But this time she has upped the ante a little and made the perfect horror/thriller for children 9 +.’ Mister Bodd
  • ‘The perfect balance of creepy, gross and funny.’ Library Girl and Book Boy 
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