What do you do when your daughter loves a series that she began last year, even though they are really below her grade level at this point? You agree to review them and let her read them, of course! I love to encourage reading for fun and delight and sometimes that means reading something that is an ‘easy read’ because you want to keep going in a series or because you want to know what happens next. Last year we had the opportunity to review books 3 and 4 in the Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series by WorthyKids Books . This time we had the pleasure of reviewing Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Shepherd’s Stone (Book 5) and Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Lion’s Roar (Book 6).
Instead of just my opinion on the books, I thought you might enjoy hearing from my eleven-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.
Tell me about Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Shepherd’s Stone (Book 5):
Mary and her brother Peter travel through time back to Bible times and in this book they meet David (the one who fought Goliath) and go with him to the army camp and watch as David fights Goliath. While they are doing that they are trying to solve the mystery of the hidden scroll. This means they must figure out what words are on the scroll because it is in a different language. The message on the scroll in this book is “fear not God is stronger than any problem!” When they say the word it turns into the right word. You have to read to the end to find out if they solve the mystery in time.
Tell me about Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Lion’s Roar (Book 6):
The lions roar (which starts each new adventure) takes Mary and Peter back to the story of Daniel in Babylon. They watch as the high priest is trying to get rid of Daniel. They see that Daniel still disobeys the law and prays to God and how he knows God will protect him. Then he gets thrown into the lions den. Mary and Peter look for Daniel and then they get thrown into the den by the high priest who is looking for them because they would not bow down to a statue. Will they escape? You have to read the book to find out! The message in this book is” God is in control”.
What do you like about these books?
I like how they turn a Bible story into a book that is fun and interesting.
Who do you recommend them for?
If you are looking for a way to teach a younger child, ages 6-10, about the Bible and God.
Anything you don’t like about these books?
Not really, I really like them.
From a parent’s perspective, I felt like they did a good job of staying true to the Bible though there are obviously fictionalized components. The book begins in modern times with two siblings staying at their uncle’s house. Since this is not their first adventure they know when they find an old scroll that it is going to take them on a time traveling adventure. Each book takes them into a different Bible story with a new message to solve. At the end of the book there is a section which explains where in the Bible you can read the story and a little about the fictionalization of the story. I think that makes for some great discussions about being sure to understand what is in the Bible itself.
WorthyKids Books recommends this book for first through third grades. I think the story is great for an even wider range, maybe kindergarten through fifth grades read aloud. The independent reading level is probably closer to second or third grade, though a strong first grader may be able to read it. Check out the giveaway that is linked in the image above for a chance to win all seven books! Also, be sure to click on the graphic below to check out what the other Review Crew members thought about these books. Tell me in the comments what Bible story you think the author should turn into the next book in the series.
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