Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Emperor's Code by Gordon Korman

Recommendation: ***** (5-Stars)

When Dan and Amy discover new truths about their parents it is both shocking and divisive. How do two young kids handle such news after everything else they've been through? Dan and Amy split ways for the first time ever and both begin to wonder if this quest is worth the cost. As they do some soul-searching they discover not only that they desperately need each other, but that truth, though costly, is more important than anything.

Positives: While slightly less adventuresome (slightly being the key word!) this story deals a lot with Dan and Amy's relationship which is ultimately strenghtened and renewed through the difficulties they face when separated. I continue to enjoy this sibling relationship as it unfolds with raw honesty and these two children mature into adulthood together.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: Toward the end of the book Amy comes to the conclusion that truth is the most important thing. Once again this series brings us back to the value of truth. How much do we value truth? Truth is a part of God's nature, He is not just truthful, He IS truth (Is. 65:16, John 14:6) and His Word is truth (Ps. 119:160, John 17:17). How important is it that God is a God of truth (Heb. 6:13-20)? How are we to handle to Word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15)? How does God feel about those who are untruthful (Rom. 1:16-32)?

Age level: 9 years of age and up

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