June Jam, the 6th book in the Calendar Mystery Series is another hit that your young reader will enjoy. Father's Day is approaching and Bradley and Brian want to make their dad some homemade strawberry jam with fresh strawberries from the garden. As they head out to weed and take care of the garden they notice that something is eating the strawberries, but what? They bring in their friends and fellow detectives Nate and Lucy to help solve the case and save Father's Day.
Positives: I love that these kids are creative and the different traps and snares they develop to help save their strawberries are great. These are not video-playing, TV watching kids who sit around all day! They use their minds and have a lot of fun together as friends!
Talking Points: One thing I admired about the kids in this story was their perseverance. They were determined to catch the creature that was destroying their garden and no matter how many times they failed, they kept at it. Hebrews 12:1 tells us to "run with perseverance", to live the christian life faithfully. We will encounter trials (James 1:2, I Peter 1:6), but we are to press on toward the prize (Phil. 3) and to work out our salvation (Phil. 2). Talk to your child about perseverance. Teach them to work hard in all things in life to the glory of God.
Age Level: 4-8 year olds (Reading Level 2.1)