What I Like: This book is a good, clean read for pre-teen girls. Riley is spunky and athletic, which I love. She also often turns to God in prayer, which is a great behavior model for this particular age group. I also appreciated seeing the change in attitude Riley underwent. In addition, there was a wonderful scene where Riley reaches out to an orphan and helps her accept Christ into her heart. Reading this may help kids realize that they too can plant seeds of faith.
What I Dislike: There were numerous references to events and characters in the previous two books. I strongly recommend readers read the previous two books in order to understand the relationship between the characters (or who are even some of the people they are hiding from) and ultimate dangers they face. Without that background knowledge, I don’t think I would have enjoyed the book as much as I did.
Age Appeal: 8-12 years.
Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2014; ISBN: 978-0310742838; Paperback and Kindle, 256 pgs., $7.99.
There was also a point early in the book that bothered me a little, where Riley lies to and tricks her mom in order to run in a race. In the midst of her scheming, she tries to witness to another about her Christian faith. While I understand that’s part of the adventure and excitement, I would have preferred a different approach.
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