"Can you read me this book, Grand-Merey?" my almost-four year old grandson asked, handing me The Great Escape (Book #3) from WorthyKids, an Imprint of Hatchette Book Group. It had just arrived in a package along with Journey to Jericho (Book #4) from the Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series.
I was so excited that he was interested in listening to the book read aloud because I pegged the reading level about first through third grade.
He will probably lose interest, I thought, sitting down and reading the first chapter.
Nope! My voice gave out and two other volunteers took over one after the other. He wanted to finish the whole book!
He loved the book and wanted to hear Journey to Jericho next. Wow! I was excited!
So my little four-year-old grandson who is just learning to read thoroughly enjoyed hearing these books. He thought the story was quite exciting and his favorite character was Michael, the angel because he was "kind and good. Oh, and he rescued good people."
He's not the only one who likes the book. I have a waiting list of young friends who want to borrow the books.
Let me tell you about the third book in the Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series called The Great Escape.
Peter and Mary are visiting their Great-Uncle Solomon, an archaeologist, for the summer. In addition to showing them artifacts and treasures, he introduces them to the Scrolls that hold hidden secrets. The children are able to travel back in time through these scrolls.
In The Great Escape, Mary and Peter end up in Egypt and immediately encounter a black panther who tries to harm them, but they escape and are befriended by Pharaoh's daughter who is kind, bringing them home to her father's palace. Of course, from secret hiding places, they witness the showdown between Moses and Pharaoh, as well as the plagues that result from the hardness of Pharaoh's heart. Eventually, it turns out the evil magician Pharaoh is listening to is really Satan, a neat twist and the inclusion of spiritual warfare is handled well for children. Archangel Michael makes appearances in the story to save the day. I loved the spiritual warfare dimension of the story that was perfect for young readers. Anyway, there is one adventure after another with mummies, snakes, and many clues to solve the secret message of the scroll. Toward the end, the children must flee, but end up in Goshen with the Israelites as they are preparing for the Passover.
I loved this story! It was exciting, full of action and humor, and never dull for a second! Everyone I've lent the book to has loved it. And the adults who read it aloud to my grandson enjoyed it, too.
In Journey to Jericho, Mary and Peter find out that Great-Uncle Solomon used to be a spy in the old days. They go back in time to when the Israelites are wandering through the desert on their way to the Promised Land and find themselves in the Tabernacle tent.
As always angel Michael reminds them of the three rules of time travel:
1. Solve the secret of the scroll in 14 days
2. Don't tell anyone where you are from or that you are from the future
3. Don't try to change the past
Peter and Mary are on-site when the Israelites spy out Jericho and get a taste of spying themselves. They end up meeting Rahab's younger sister and experience the adventure of crossing the Jordan River, as well as marching around Jericho for six days, following by marching around the city 7 times on the seventh day. What joy they have when the walls collapse and Rahab and her entire family are rescued. This story stands alone as an exciting adventure, but also includes all the important information found in Joshua chapter 1-6. I love exploring Bible stories this way!
Both books are amazing and fun to read. My grandson enjoyed hearing them read aloud and insisted on each book being read aloud in a single evening. I plan on getting him the entire set for his birthday this year.
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