Recommendation: *** (3-stars)
Positives: A great story filled with just the right amount of mystery and danger as well as some fun humor that keep the reader entertained. The historical aspects of this book seem to be well researched and provide a great backdrop to the adventure. I enjoyed the characters and felt like I could picture each one. I appreciated Jem's character in particular as he seemed so real -a young boy who knows what is right, but still struggles to always make the right decision.
Talking Points: As I mentioned above, I enjoyed Jem's character as we saw his inner struggle to do what he knew to be right. What 12 year old boy doesn't struggle with this? What person of any age? Talk with your kids about their struggles. How do they handle situations and temptations that arise? Do they have Scripture verses that they go to? Do they pray? How do we as parents handle these things? Encourage kids that while they will always face temptation, they can stand strong! Arm them with verses to fight with in moments of weakness and offer them grace when they are weak (I Cor. 10:13, James 1, Heb. 2:18, Heb. 4:15, Gal. 6:1).
Age Level: 5-10 years of age. These books will have a great appeal to young boys!
I was given a free copy of this book from Kregel Publishing in exchange for my review.
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