Recommendation: ***** (5-stars)
Positives: Plenty of adventure and mystery to keep the reader on the edge of their seat! There is also some great history lessons thrown in. Have your kids do some research on Benjamin Franklin and check the facts given in the book.
Talking Points: This book presents an excellent opportunity to talk about several topics. The verses that kept coming to my mind were from I John 2:15-17. These verses talk about not loving the things of the world. The characters in this book were consumed with the things of the world, some more than others, but they were willing to kill their own family members to gain a treasure that will someday burn. Talk to your kids about what things of the world they may love. Help them to see the idols that they worship - the idols of possessions, popularity or acceptance for example. You could also talk about lying and deception. As you read through the story deception is justified as necessary to win the treasure hunt. What does the Bible say about deception (Ex. 20:16, Prov. 12:19, 22, Rev. 21:8)? Ask your kids what it means to be trustworthy and whom do they trust and why.
Age Level: 9-12 years of age