Creative Kid Thursday! My Review of Cave Planet by kid author Luke Meier!

Welcome to another edition of Creative Kid Thursday!



Yeah – yeah I know it’s Saturday, but can we pretend it’s Thursday?

I kind of forgot to post this Thursday because I’ve been busy…

‘Busy doing what’ you ask?


Well, maybe you didn’t, but I’m going to tell you any way. ๐Ÿ˜›




If you are wondering, Accelerated Reader is a program some schools use. You read books, take tests, and get points. The goal set for me by the school this year was 50 points – I got 1524.9.ย ย  Books have 5, 10, or 20 questions per book (depending on how difficult the book is). I got 97.2% on my tests as an average score. I took 180 tests equal to 180 books this school year (and yes I read a lot more books than that, but they weren’t AR books – that’s one of the problems I have with the program). For example, The Man in the Iron Mask (Unabridged) by Alexandre Dumas (AWESOME book by the way – one of the best I read this year) was worth 34 points and had 20 questions and Tom Angleberger’s “Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue: An Origami Yoda Book” was worth 4 points (TOTALLY STOOKY book) and had 10 questions. Tara Lazar’s “The Monstore” was worth 0.5 points and had 5 questions (another MUST READ book).
So now that I broke my old school record, I am going into retirement (just for AR – not reading ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I don’t want to have to worry if a book is an AR one or not anymore.

Enough with this silliness! On to my review of a totally fantastically magniful stooky book by a kid author!!!!

caveplanCave Planet: The Portal – Book Two
by Luke Meier and Joe Meier
99 pages – ages 8+
Published by CreateSpace on March 13, 2014

Summary- Leo and Bucky (his dog) made it back through the portal. Even though they are happy to be home they need to return to help their friends they left behind. But the portal won’t work and Leo needs to convince his dad that this crazy adventure is real and he needs his scientific expertise to help find a way to power the portals. The Buckies (a race of intelligent dogs) are being attacked by evil droids and they need the portals to operate so they can defeat the droids.

What I thought- Cave Planet takes off right where Book 1 of this series left off, but you don’t have to read the first book to enjoy the second. I interviewed Luke about his first novel “Into the Light: Book 1 in The Portal series – click HERE to go to the interview. Luke tells a great story! I love his idea about the Buckies, a race of intelligent dogs that his MC, Leo, can communicate with (everyone else just hears barks and growls). The plot to the book takes the reader from an alien world back to Earth and into outer space and Luke describes all the worlds wonderfully. I like that theย  story has a couple of sub-plots to it, it makes it a more enjoyable read. Luke’s writing flows well and it keeps the reader turning the pages. The main plot of this story is tied up at the end, but Luke leaves the reader with a great cliffhanger and I for one can’t wait to read what happens next!

You can find Luke’s books on Amazon – HERE.

50% of the proceeds go to The Exodus Road, an Organization dedicated to fighting against child slavery and exploitation.


About the Author –
Luke Meier started his writing career in 2012 with his debut novel “Into the light” – Book One in the “Portal” series. With โ€œCave Planetโ€ he continues the story of Leo and Bucky the heroes of โ€œInto the Lightโ€. Currently he is working on Book Three of the series. His writing is geared towards kids age 8-15. Luke is nine years old; he enjoys playing Lego, Minecraft and Football.

To learn more about Luke and his books, visit his website by clicking HERE.

Categories: Age 6-9, Age 9+, Creative Kids

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36 replies


  2. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Meet New (to me) Authors Blog and commented:
    I just HAD to re-blog this article by Erik for THREE reasons –
    50% of the proceeds from young author Luke Meier’s book Cave Planet will go to an Organisation fighting agains Child Slavery and Exploitation
    It’s still Childrens Book Week!

  3. Awesome job, Luke! And awesome goal crushing, Erik!

  4. Sounds like a great book about space travel and aliens. Love that Luke is donating proceeds to help fight child slavery. That’s such an important cause.

    Congratulations on beating your last year’s goal. Even more, I like that you know that it’s time to move on to other endeavors, especially reading what you want to read. My guess is that you will still have to meet the standard 50 points in school.

  5. Erik, YIPPEEEEE!!!! YAHOIEEEEEE!!!! WOO-HOOOOOOOOOOIEEEEEEE!!!!! YOU GO DUDE!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I knew you’d do this. Here’s a donut >O It’s yummy, isn’t it? (You retire a winner.)

    Luke, you are bodacious. Will go and buy your book. (Erik, I owe you a picture of your book in my library.) Will go and do that this week.

  6. AMAZING!! All of it. Super kids!

  7. Congrats on reaching your goal and the new record! I know AR was frustrating for my kids in elementary school too. Limited choices on what they wanted to read.

  8. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I knew you would do it but wow! you even succeeded my expectations. Glad you can retire for awhile. Great review as well.

  9. Congratulations, Luke! I began writing when I was your age. I just wish the Internet had been around then. But can I ask you a question (I’m showing my uncoolnes): what does “stooky” mean? I’m assuming it means cool, right? I’m a little older than you. Good luck with your book!

  10. I love your blog, too.

  11. Congratulations, Erik!!!! *horns blow* *confetti falls* *crowd ROARS!* ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay! We all knew you could do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And that’s quite the star-studded recommendation! Love that proceeds go to such a worthy cause, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Yeah! Congrats on beating your old record and for setting a new one. I can understand why you are going into retirement (plus, you must have taken a good chunk of the available quizzes). Way to go!

    This sounds like a great series and I like that it can be read as a standalone. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Thank you all for your encouragement to Luke, he loves writing and making up stories and enjoys all the Feedback he gets.

    If you want to grab a copy of “Cave Planet” for free, you can get it from today until wednesday the 21st. as a free ebook on Amazon. Help us make his book a Bestseller by telling your friends about it!

    Thanks again, Joe (Luke’s Dad)

  14. Congratulations on your new AR record. That rocks! Thanks for this great review and I have picked up a copy to read myself!!

  15. Happy Dance for Erik! I’m glad you’re now moving beyond those AR points. As for Luke’s book — any story with “intelligent” dogs has to be a winner!!

  16. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I think the retirement is a good thing, and I bet your record will stand for a few years. If not, it is TOTALLY awesome that you would inspire another kid to read so many books.
    Awesome job on book #2, Luke!

  17. It was nice hearing about Luke and his book! “Creative Kid” is a really fun feature of your blog!
    And CONGRATS on that AR total! Way to break your record!

  18. Superduper congratulations on your AR points! Amazing job, Erik, well done!

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