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We’ve been experiencing familiar Bible stories in a new light with The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls by MJ Thomas. This was made possible with copies of the first two books from WorthyKids/Ideals for review as part of the Homeschool Review Crew.
Every time one of the boys began to read, I held my breath waiting to see if they would become a reader like me. I adore books and read my fair share of them during the year. Thankfully, all of my boys seem to have picked up the reading bug. This includes my youngest son who is currently in 2nd grade.
About The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls
For this review, we were sent the first two books in this new series geared towards emerging readers (ages 6 to 9.) The series was born when author M.J. Thomas found that there is a lack of books that teach kids about the Bible in a fun manner. The series strives to be biblically accurate while having kids engage their imaginations.
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning (Book #1)
Peter, Mary, and their time telling dog Hank have just come to stay with their great-uncle Solomon while their parents go abroad. They fear it will be a boring time in a house full of artifacts collected by their uncle during his many years as an archeologist.
Then they are told about the hidden scrolls he found but is unable to open. This has Peter intrigued as they head to bed.
Their sleep is disturbed by the roar of a lion. Together, Peter, Mary, and Hank enter the library which had been previously locked and see the scrolls.
The scroll Peter picks up has an image of a tree on the red seal. Next thing he knows, the seal is broken and they are floating in the dark! Thus starts an amazing journey through the 7 days of creation. But it isn’t just something to see. Rather, the angel Michael has informed them that they must solve the riddle of the scroll before the end of 7 days if they want to return to their home!
But it isn’t just something to see. Rather, the angel Michael has informed them that they must solve the riddle of the scroll before the end of 7 days if they want to return to their home. The extra challenge for them is that the scroll is written in Hebrew!
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Race to the Ark (Book #2)
In the second titles of the series, Peter, Mary, and Hank are off on another time-traveling adventure. This time their destination is the time of Noah.
Like in the previous title, they have 7 days to solve the secret of the scroll. During this time, they help Noah and his family with the completion of the ark.
But, they don’t just have to worry about time running out. A mysterious man known as Dark Ruler is trying to thwart their plans.
And in this adventure, Peter begins a journal just like his great uncle Solomon has done on all his travels. Parts of those entries include tracking how close they are to solving the secret of the scroll.
Our Thoughts on The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls
My youngest son found the covers appealing and couldn’t wait to start reading the books. Matter of fact, he didn’t want to wait for me to read them with him! Instead, he could be found with the book in the house or in the car reading the pages eager to see what awaited the characters.
I decided to grab the books from him to read through on my own. Next thing I knew, he was snuggled up to me wanting to read it aloud even though he’d already read it. And he’d keep telling me how certain parts were his favorites.
Like many beginning chapter books, the text is a little larger and some pages have illustrations. Unlike a picture book, these are line drawings that help show parts of the story.
These books have a great blend of adventure and fantasy to catch the kids attention. Rather than just entertain, they also have the reader thinking more about the particular Bible story (Creation or Noah’s Ark) in the process. I see them as a great bridge from the books of Bible stories to reading from the Bible. At the end of both titles, the kids are told which parts of the Bible contain the story from the adventures.
Do you and your family enjoy stories with a Biblical connection?
Would this particular series be appealing to someone in your family?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit WorthyKids/Ideals review post on the Homeschool Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this book.