We had the opportunity to review physical copies of The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Shepherd’s Stone (Book 5) and The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Lion’s Roar (Book 6), which are the fifth and six books in the series of The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls from the WorthyKids Books.
We are book lovers and I love that we all enjoy reading. My children read faster than I can keep up with them, which means it is sometimes harder to preview books before they hit their hands. I do not want to stop them from reading any books, but I do want to know the content to ensure what they are reading is something that I find appropriate.
We were introduced to The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls books series. The series was created by a father who filled a niche when he could not find what he wanted for his son. That is what homeschoolers are known to do: create something to fill our needs. I love stories like that about the products we get to review as part of the crew. With the encouragement of his son, Peter, author M.J. Thomas created what he was seeking: a book (now a series) that had the “right balance of faith, adventure and education”. Another goal was to create a book for young readers who are between the ages of six and 10. It is during these years that Thomas believes are a key period to share God’s word with our children.
I appreciate Thomas caring enough to create a book series that my children can enjoy and I do not have to worry about the content between the covers. Now that Canyon is reading more, I have been trying to find books that will keep him engaged. Another thing that is great about finding a series he likes is there a several books I can easily add to his reading list. The only problem with a series, if it is good, you have to wait for the next book to be released. There is one more book (book seven) that follows these two books. Read at the end of this review to learn more about something special regarding that book as well as all of the book in the series.
Peter, Mary and Hank (the dog) are left to spend one month with their Great-Uncle Solomon, who is an archaeologist. What the siblings expect to be a boring stay, becomes one full of adventure as they discover the legends of the Hidden Scrolls and search for their secrets. Each adventure starts with a scroll, the roar of a lion and takes them to one of the many places we read about in the Bible.
In The Shepherd’s Stone (book 5), we revisit the story of David and Goliath. I thought it was funny how Mary dressed up as a boy and fooled David. I also found humor when Mary told David, “Girls are strong too.” I also like the fact that Thomas allows Mary to be an intelligent girl and not a weak sidekick to her brother. She has confidence in herself without putting other down.
In The Lion’s Roar (book 6), we revisit the story of Daniel in the lions den. I love how everything connects, so the readers really have to pay attention to everything. Who knew tiles knocked off of a wall by a raven would have an important connection later on in the story? Peter collects the tiles and stores them in his adventure bag not realizing the importance of the tiles.
If you have read your Bible and the stories of Daniel and the Lions Den and David and Goliath, you know how both stories end (or continue in the Bible . . .) Peter and Mary take young readers through the Bible and retell the stories with them as “active” participants in the many events that shaped Christian history. Although readers do not have the ability (and Peter and Mary are instructed not) to change the past, they get to “live through” the experiences.
Peter’s notes he writes in his adventure journal are ones readers will enjoy, since they are written from the perspective of a child their same age. The Hidden Scrolls series is a good one to introduce to your young reader and may prompt them to actually pick up the Bible and read the original story.
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PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Shepherd’s Stone (Book 5) and The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Lion’s Roar (Book 6) are available as physical copies for $6.99.