Secret of the Hidden Scrolls MJ Thomas Kids Books Review
MJ Thomas has created fun characters and exciting story lines in The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series from WorthyKids, an imprint of Hachette Book Group. We were able to read The Great Escape (Book #3) and Journey to Jericho (Book #4) for review. I can’t wait to pick up the first two because these books were so much fun for all of us. I started reading the book with my youngest out loud for school one day. My son came through and got hooked in the story and sat down with us. Each day they looked so forward into the next chapter. They begged me to read more and more. I couldn’t believe how interested we all were. The book series follows the adventures of siblings Mary and Peter as they find magic scrolls that take them back in time to explore and learn about historical events. These books would be great for the 6 to 12 age group in my opinion. They would make great book report subjects because they also have historical events that the kids can further explore in the Bible and correlate with Bible facts. They are quick reads and great for keeping their attention especially if they are history buffs like my crew. I would definitely recommend this series as would my youngest daughter who is helping me write this review right now :). My daughter said they get two thumbs and a finger up which I am guessing is pretty high. The first book we read which is the third in the series was The Great Escape (Book #3) In this book the kids go back to the time of Pharaoh and Moses. They go through many of the events chronicled in Exodus. The kids are staying with their Great Uncle Solomon and find many interesting things in his house. I read stories differently and I love ending the day on a cliffhanger because it creates such an excitement for us to read the next day. These books give plenty of opportunities for dramatic pause. You should have seen the kids on the edge of their seats in one scene when there was yellow eyes glowing in the dark. The stories are an adventurous way to tell Biblical stories in a way the kids can relate to them by adding the characters Peter and Mary. My kids found Peter’s character hilarious. There were times while reading that I would hear, “Oh that Peter always getting into trouble!” Peter is a lot like my younger kids. He is a little impulsive and quick to jump while Mary is more reserved and thinks things through. She reminds me more of my oldest daughter. Hank is their trusty dog that goes on the adventures with them. He has his own personality.
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The next book we read was Journey to Jericho (Book #4) which is the fourth book in the series. Peter and Mary again go on adventure with the Israelites as they journey to The Promised Land. This time the stories follow the events of the book of Joshua. I love the fact these books teach Biblical stories as well as show examples of GOD’s love and faithfulness to HIS people. This book showed those promises being fulfilled. It also shows all the Israelites went through to obtain that which GOD promised them. He ensured their success but they also had to do their part. The kids were easily able to imagine being there with Peter and Mary as they witnessed history. They could envision going on the adventure right along side the siblings and learning all about GOD’s plan for His people. GOD always keeps His promises and in His perfect time. I love it when I find a book that can easily convey those points to the kids in a way that also keeps them on the edge of their seats in anticipation.
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