Friday, October 1, 2010

The Runaway Racehorse by Ron Roy

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

The A to Z Mystery Series follows the adventures of 3 young detectives, Josh, Dink and Ruth Rose. These short chapter books are written for 7-9 year olds and kids love the continual adventures of this threesome.

In Runaway Racehorse the trio visits Dink's uncle and his friend who have just purchased a new racehorse. When they arrive the horse has disappeared, but she returns later that day.  The next day is a big race, but Whirlaway doesn't run well and her jockey says she doesn't seem like herself. By following the clues our young detectives solve the mystery (I won't give it away) and save the day!

Positives: This story is the perfect length for young readers and the mystery will hold their interest. The antics of the characters will keep them laughing as well.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: Talk about God's providence and omniscience, that He knows and sees all we do (Prov. 5:21, 15:3). Help them understand that we cannot hide anything from God. Use Psalm 32 to discuss concealing sin and the joy of forgiveness. You can also use Exodus 20 and discuss the Ten Commandments.

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