Secret hidden scrolls and adventures make reading a lot more fun! Thanks to WorthyKids/Ideals we got to review The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning (Book #1) AND The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Race to the Ark (Book #2) recently. These are great books that young kids will enjoy reading.
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning (Book #1)
Peter, Mary, and their dog Hank are sent to live with their Great-Uncle Solomon for a month while their parents are away. Little did they know that Great-Uncle Solomon had a fantastic secret to share. Hidden scrolls that pick the “chosen” to travel back in time. In the middle of the night Peter, Mary, and Hank hear a lion’s roar coming from the library. Within moments they find themselves entranced by a secret room with a clay pot full of glowing scrolls.
The scroll has a purpose though, and the kids have to figure out the meaning of the scroll or get stuck in the past forever. Peter and Mary only have 7 days to figure out what the scroll says in Hebrew and translate it to English. There are two other “rules” about the scrolls, they cannot tell anyone that they are from the future and they cannot change the past.
The scroll takes them back to the very beginning. That is, the very beginning of the earth, before God had even created anything. The complete void. The adventure that follows has them witnessing the creation of the first day, the first night, the creation of the animals, birds, and fish of the sea. They get to meet the angel Michael and spar with the sneaky snake Satan.
After they get to witness the creation of man and woman, they watch as Adam names all of the animals. Peter and Mary drift off to sleep and awaken back at home, in the library. Appearing in the same moment that they were pulled back in time. Great-Uncle Solomon is waiting for them because he heard a strange noise, claiming the kids had only been in bed an hour.
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Race to the Ark (Book #2)
Peter and Mary are still living with Great-Uncle Solomon for a month while their parents are away. It has been three days since they had their first adventure back to the beginning of time. As they are talking to Great-Uncle Solomon they hear the roar of the lion and make their way to the library. Hank sniffed out a new scroll and upon breaking the seal on the scroll they are deep in adventure again.
When the dust clears Peter, Mary, and Hank are in the forest and hungry. They make their way to a city in a valley. The people are mean, there isn’t anyway to get any food, and lucky for them, the angel Michael helps them get out of the city back into the forest. Michael reminds them of the three rules, decipher the scroll (this time there are seven words in Hebrew), don’t tell anyone they are from the future, and they cannot change the past.
As night fell that first night Peter heard many strange noises outside of their tent. Too scared to investigate he waited until the noises died away and then drifted off to sleep. The next morning brought a huge surprise, there were thousands of animal tracks just outside their tent that were all headed west. After some time Peter, Mary, and Hank found themselves in the middle of the contraption site of the Ark.
Ham, Shem, and Japheth along with their wives welcome Peter, Mary, and Hank to the Ark. After a time Noah and his wive are met and they encourage Peter and Mary to stick around and help, because Noah heard form God that in just five days the flood will come. Mary helps figure out where all of the animals will go on the Ark.
After some slight mishaps on the Ark, loose animals, sneaky monkeys, and clean up duty, Peter and Mary seem to be settling in. But they are running out of time to solve the mystery of the scroll. With one day left the kids are sent back into the city to buy a hinge for the Ark. Unfortunately that means trouble. Rotten kids in town capture them and take them to the Dark Ruler, aka Satan. They are thrown in the dungeon with no hope of escape.
At last Michael shows up, he rescues them and then there is a big fight with Satan. Noah and his family make it onto the Ark, all animals included. With one last effort Mary finally figures out the secret of the scroll and the three of them make it back to Great-Uncle Solomon’s house wet but in one piece.
What We Thought of the Books
These are fun, funny, and Biblically sound books. I absolutely loved the characters and how they interacted with each other. These are well written books. I feel that the reading level would be suitable for young readers. Not a fledgling reader, but one with a bit more practice. As a mama that still has some on this level I appreciated that the text was a larger font which makes for easier reading.
I read these books aloud mostly but on occasion I had Ana (she’s almost 13) read aloud too. She had no issues with reading aloud and the larger font made it even easier for her. Joseph completely identified with Peter, as they are the exact same age. Joseph thought that Peter was the funniest character and enjoyed Peter’s jokes.
This is a new series that I didn’t know what to expect but I am pleasantly surprised at how much I have enjoyed these books. I got a kick out of the characters myself and enjoyed the Biblical principles and storyline in each of the books. If you are looking for wholesome stories to have your kids read or even to read aloud, I would encourage you to go pick up these books. We are already looking forward to the next books in this series.
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In His Grace,