on Feb. 20, 2018 :
As a literacy consultant I read lots of children’s and young adult literature. Although this one is very different from what I’m used to, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Because it is somewhat religious, the audience for it may be limited. However, I can see it being used by groups of teens (5th - high school) who are studying the Bible or more specifically the teachings of Jesus. The author brings the people and places of the time period to life so that readers can vividly experience what it was like living then. The bible stories that kids may be familiar with (the prodigal son, the good samaritan, Jesus preaching ‘love thy neighbor’, etc) are all brought to life in a new way. By putting all of this together with a solid plot, some time travel, well-developed characters, and a hint of mystery, the author has tried a new twist on a fiction chapter book for kids. If you have any connection with groups of kids (or even your own children) and would like them to delve into the teachings of Jesus, then I think you would like this book. I love the way the author doesn’t preach at you, telling you there is only one way to think, but rather allows for kids to springboard into their own discussions of such topics as: compassion, putting yourself in others’ shoes, jealousy, fairness, love your neighbor, and becoming a better person.
(review of free book)