Recommendation: Highly Recommended
In Haunted Waters we are introduced to Bryce and Ashley Timberline, 13 year old twins and their family, their 4 year old brother Dylan, mom, stepdad and 16 year old stepsister Leigh.
During a weekend get-away with their stepfather, they find themselves right in the middle of some serious danger. I certainly don't want to give away this storyline, but I will tell you that all the action and suspense will hold your young readers attention! I can't wait to read the next book as this one leaves you with a big cliffhanger!
The series is written for 9-12 year olds which seems quite appropriate to me.
Positives: As I've already stated the action and suspense keep the reader's attention, my 10 year old son didn't want to put this book, or any of the rest of the series, down! Also Jenkins and Fabry touch on many issues in this book that many kids can relate to which aren't often dealt with. These include the death of a father, a mother's remarriage, moving to a new state, building a relationship with a stepfather, and a spiritually divided family (mom is a believer, but their stepdad isn't) . Each issue is presented and dealt with in a very realistic and helpful way.
Talking Points: As a subplot in the story the twins deal with different situations at school and with friends. Bryce has to deal with the school bully and Ashley goes to a friends house and discovers that not only are her parents not home but she is watching a movie that Ashley would not be allowed to see. Discuss with your child how they would handle these situations. (I Cor. 10:13, 2 Tim. 2:22). I would also discuss how the growing faith of these young teenagers affects how they handle all the situations thrown at them. Help your kids to see that their faith should affect every area of their life.