The Passage At Moose Beach

Independent Press Awards
Distinguished Favorite 2019

Finding The Lost

Moose Beach Book Two

In the dark of night, fourteen-year-old Alicia wakes to a mysterious voice calling to her—or was it only a dream? 

Alicia has a gut-wrenching feeling that the Wild Side, a magical and dangerous realm, is what called her and caused this. Only she can travel to the Wild Side and free them, but can she survive the trials ahead?

The Passage At Moose Beach

A book that’ll captivate your imagination.

Eleven-year-old Alicia encounters unusual, surprising friends and terrifying enemies as she embarks on an unexpected and magical journey in nature. While enjoying the lake with her father, as they do every year, Alicia gets lost during a rainstorm and ends up transported to a different and unfamiliar place with no idea where she is or how she got there. This adventure takes the reader to a land not so far from home, yet farther than imagined, perhaps another realm. A world that looks much like what we see around us, but where nothing is what it seems and where family comes in all forms.

Alicia sets out on a difficult journey to discover a way home, finding compassion and friendship along the way. Her new friends help her fight terrible foes and they come face to face with an ancient creature, huge and fearsome. These friends help each other in every way imaginable through both moments of adventure and terror. Though Alicia and her friends work together to overcome challenges and crippling fear, can they find a way to stop “The Drying” which threatens them all?

When you purchase a copy of The Passage At Moose Beach through Michael’s Cabin Books,
the author is able to donate more money per book to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.
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Finding The Lost:
Moose Beach Book Two

Return to the magical world of the Wild Side.

In the dark of night, fourteen-year-old Alicia wakes to a mysterious voice calling to her—or was it only a dream? The next day, taking a break from school assignments, she ventures outside her family’s cabin, but is stunned and confused to find her parents frozen inside an amber bubble. No matter how loud she screams or how hard she beats on the barrier, her parents don’t respond.

Alicia has a gut wrenching feeling that the Wild Side, a magical and dangerous realm, is what called her and caused this. Only she can travel to the Wild Side and free them, but can she survive the trials ahead?

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Early Reader Reviews

What people are saying about The Passage At Moose Beach

“An enchantingly magical tale about finding friends
in the unlikeliest of people and working together with them to achieve your wildest dreams.”

-Emily, 7th Grade Student


"I absolutely loved reading the book. It felt familiar, like reading a favorite fable, or following Dorothy on her journey to Oz... it is a girl having the adventure and using her brains."

-Jo, Retired Teacher

"If you love animals and nature, you should read this book because it talks about a girl's amazing adventure of how she saves this world, and all the animals and living things inside of it."

Charlotte, 7th Grade Student

“…When I started I did not realize how fun that it would be.”

-Ilias, 7th Grade Student

Great read… it was fun following Alicia on her path to escape the wild side along with some new friends.”

-Andrew, 7th Grade Student

“A heartwarming, sentimental, and brilliantly written story.”

-Kelly, 7th Grade Student


"I loved the choice of the theme of working together as a family, even if it is not your biological family..."

-Sandy, Middle School Teacher

About Michael


Michael Foster works full time for a major tech company, and right now writing is a new hobby. He is an avid video gamer and always a people person with a wide network of friends in multiple countries. He loves to host backyard barbecues whenever possible.

As a child, Michael’s family spent long summers at the family cabin in Idaho, built by his maternal great-grandfather in the late 1920’s. Michael, his brother, and two sisters would endlessly explore the vast Boise National Forest around the cabin and lake. He calls himself a “free-range child” saying that his parents seldom knew where he was as his inquisitive nature kept him out and about, always exploring.

Michael has enjoyed watching his adult daughter grow into the same nature loving adventurous person he was and draws writing inspiration from both his own experiences at the lake and watching his wife and daughter experience the woods in their own way.

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What Michael is talking about

Cabin Life Pt. 1: The Endless Road Trip

Welcome friends, There has been interest about my life growing up at the cabin and how it influenced my first book. Because of this, I decided to do a series of posts talking about my time at the cabin, and how I experienced it through three different phases of my...

The Joys of Bookstores

Welcome friends, How many of you remember your first visit to a bookstore? When I was very young, one of my favorite things in the world was to have my parents read to me. I remember vividly, laying in my parent’s bed, head nestled in the crook of my mother’s arm as...

This book is dedicated to the wildland firefighters everywhere.

Without their extraordinary efforts, hard work, and sacrifice, this book would not exist. They are true heroes in this world.

When they pay the ultimate sacrifice…

Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s main focus is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families. We honor and acknowledge past, present, and future members of the wildland firefighting community, and partner with private and interagency organizations to bring recognition to wildland firefighters.

5% of all author proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation For more information, please visit

Gloria Miller Allen

The artist behind the art in The Moose Beach Series.

Gloria Miller Allen has lived in Idaho since 1974, though she spent her childhood in the Mid-West. She met Michael Foster after painting a commissioned portrait for his mother of the family’s beloved cabin which inspired this story. 

Allen did not study art in college but has had the privilege of taking workshops from some of the greatest American Watercolorist. She has thousands of paintings to her credit and feels that library books are gentle and knowledgeable teachers. Allen has always considered her drawing-board like her classroom and loves the idea of being a perpetual student. 

Gloria Miller Allen says she is so grateful that her life has allowed her to explore the world of watercolors, and art in general. Drawing and painting is an incredible way to stand in awe of this planet and our life on it.

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