Crater Lake


By Jennifer Killick | Publishing 19 March 2020

Welcome to Crater Lake: the Year Six school trip from hell!

Maybe it’s the bloodstained man who tries to stop the coach, maybe it’s the absence of welcoming staff, but something is definitely not right at Crater Lake activity centre. Then, at night, things get much, much stranger … but no matter what happens, don’t – ever – fall asleep! Get this exciting scary adventure book today!

Amazon Bestseller | Times Children’s Book of the Week, March 2020

Praise for the book

‘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

‘Horror, humour and heart wrap around a plot that cranks up the tension from the start to heart-thumping effect. Don’t ever fall asleep it warns. There was never any fear of that; I couldn’t put it down!’ Miss Cleveland is Reading

‘Thrills, giggles and a whole lot of heart. Crater Lake might not be the best venue for a school trip, but it makes for a fantastic read.’ Book Worm Hole

Crater Lake is the kind of book I’ll give to students who claim they hate reading because I know it will help turn the tide.’ Portable Magic Dispenser

‘A brilliant fast paced adventure to get your heart pumping. I read it in one sitting, completely engrossed and with adrenaline coursing through my veins.’ My Shelves are Full

‘Jennifer Killick’s latest book is full of sharp dialogue … a winning combination of horror & humour with a strong emphasis on loyalty, friendship & teamwork. A wonderfully sinister read!’ Clare Wilkins, 

1 review for Crater Lake

  1. Laura Reid

    Believe the hype. I loved this sci-fi/horror/thriller of a book. Killick’s writing is original, and I believe will engage some readers who haven’t quite found that perfect book yet. From the start the book pulls you right onto that coach and you’re hooked. I look forward to pressing this book into the hands of our year 5 and 6s!
    Aside from the horror there are important lessons about friendship and never underestimating someone, or indeed judging them too soon. Lance is a lovable rogue with similar characteristics to children I have known and loved, Killick has created characters children will identify with.
    From the moment things take a turn for the worse I wanted to know how things turned out, but didn’t want the book to end… I miss Lance, Katja, Mak, Ade and Chets!

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