Recommendation: ***** (5-stars)
Positives: As with the first book I love the history that is brought out. This series is written by a number of different authors and I have really enjoyed the differences in writing while maintaining a very fluid story line. I also appreciate the growing relationship between Amy and Dan. As brother and sister they do argue and call each other "dweeb" and such, but as the story continues to develop they show a mutual respect for each other. They begin to understand their strengths and weaknesses and become better and better at working together.
Negatives: A few instances of kids saying "oh my god."
Talking Points: As I read this book I thought about family relationships. As I stated above I am enjoying the brother/sister relationship that continues to develop, but I am also saddened by the other family relationships that have been destroyed by greed. It is obvious as you read through this story that these family rivalries go back many many years and all for what? Talk to your kids about the importance of people. People are more important than things! Matt. 6:19 tells us to store up treasures in heaven, not here on earth. Ecc. 5:10 tells us that money will never satisfy. Talk to your kids about what they treasure and how their treasures reflect their heart.
Age Level: 9 years of age and up