Olivia and I read and reviewed the first two books in the series, “The Beginning” and “The Race to the Ark” a couple of years ago. I definitely recommend you read my review of the first two books in the series to check those out. She and I both enjoyed them quite a bit and were happy to be able to review the next couple of books in the series.
The Premise of the Series
The newest books follow the same two kids (and their dog) around while they solve the secret of the scrolls. The two kids are Peter and Mary. They are brother and sister. Their dog’s name is Hank and while he is “just” an animal, he is also just as important of a character in the books as the children are. He sometimes saves the day!
The kids are staying at their Great Uncle Solomon’s house for a little while because their parents are out of the country. In his house, they find a room with a lion’s head for a doorknob. As you learned in the first two books when they hear the lion’s roar, they can go in that room and they will find a scroll. The scroll has a secret message on it. In order to find clues and solve the secret message, they are transported back in time.
They are always transported back in time to a story in the Bible. In the first book, they are transported back to witness the first 7 days of creation when God creates everything. Then, in book two, they witness the ark being made in preparation for the great flood.
In each book, they are given a certain number of days to solve the secret of the scroll. If they don’t solve it in time, they will be stuck in that time!
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls
The Legend of the Hidden Scrolls says:
The scrolls contain the truth you seek.
Break the seal. Unroll the scroll.
And you will see the past unfold.
Amazing Adventures are in store
for those who follow the lion’s roar!
When the lion roars they head on Great Uncle Solomon’s library door, they go to get a scroll and start their adventure.
Books 3 and 4 are called:
In The Great Escape, Peter and Mary meet the Pharaoh’s daughter. Pharaoh has the Israelites as slaves and Peter and Mary get to witness Moses plee with Pharaoh to free the Israelites. Of course, he doesn’t. So, then they witness and even have to endure some of the plagues that God brought on Pharaoh and his people. They also get to witness how God parted the Red Sea so that His people could walk on the riverbed to safety.
In the Journey to Jericho, Peter and Mary become “spies” for the Israelites. The witnessed the Battle of Jericho and were even a part of it… they marched with the soldiers around the walls of Jericho. They made friends in this book, too. They became friends with Rahab and her family and helped to save them from the tumbling walls of Jericho.
There are two key characters in each book that are still key characters in our lives today. Satan is in each story trying to stop Peter and Mary, as well as deceiving all of the other characters in the book. The other major character is the archangel, Michael. He is always there to help Peter and Mary along on their adventures.
Olivia and I have really enjoyed these books and are ready for more books to be released!
The books are geared towards ages 6 to 9, but my daughter is almost 11 and we both enjoyed reading them. At the end of each book is a list of Bible verses/chapters so you can read more about the stories for the books.
I don’t know if the author is stopping with book 4, but based on the ending of book 4 I’m thinking he has more in the works! :)
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