Monday, April 30, 2012

The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis

Recommendation: ***** (5-stars)

The 39 Clues Series keeps getting more interesting and intense! These action packed stories are fun and I am enjoying the adventure as much as my kids I think! In The Sword Thief brother and sister team Dan and Amy Cahill follow the clues from Venice, Italy to Japan. They team up with their Uncle Alistair as they uncover clues together, but it is hard to trust anyone who is a Cahill anymore. Will they be able to complete the clues in time? Will they even survive past today?

Positives: There is one thing that remains constant in this series- you don't know what to expect! The characters continue to develop and surprises are around every corner. Who is going to show up where and when? What scheme do they have up their sleeve? Will Dan and Amy persevere?

Negatives: A couple of instances of kids saying "oh my god."

Talking Points: Trust. Dan and Amy are told to trust no one. And it certainly seems that everytime they do trust someone they get burned. Is this a good way to live life? The Bible tells us to trust in the Lord (Prov. 3:5-6, Ps. 20:7, Ps. 37:3, Ps. 40:4, Ps. 91:2), but what about trusting other people? What about being trustworthy ourselves? As we seek to follow in the footsteps of Christ we must develop trustworthiness as a character trait. We know that can trust God because He cannot lie (Heb. 6:17-20). We know that we are not to be liars as well (Ex. 20: 16). Talk to your kids about what it means to be trustworthy and how to become a person that others trust.

Age Level: 9 years of age and up

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