I choose to give this product 4 out of 5 Gold Teacher’s Stars!
Now I realize that many homeschool parents only like their kids to read books that they consider to contain sustanence and not “fluff”. However, I am of the opinion that a little “fluff” can go a long way in encouraging your child to read. I encourage my son to read good wholesome books, but I don’t worry too much if he chooses to read “fluff” books. He loves to read mysteries and he can often be found with a Hardy Boys novel in his hands. That is why I was pleased to be chosen to review the first book in The Truth Seekers Mysteries from Media Angels.
When we received the first book in the series, I immediately gave it to my 12 year old son to read. I told him to give me his honest opinion about the book and tell me why he did or did not like the book. He quickly read the entire book and raved over it. He said he loved that The Missing Link: Found was a mystery and that the characters in the book remembered to pray for help. He really liked the Christian emphasis and that the main characters talked about Creationism in contrast to evolution.
I then took the book and gave it a whirl. I also liked the story. There was a section that went into detail about why scientists believed in evolution that I thought was a little dry, just because there were so many facts stated. But the main characters emphasized that they believed in creation rather than evolution.
There are several twists and turns in the book and the last two chapters sum up everything nicely with plenty of turns that change the outcome and make it surprising. I thought it was well done.
Now, you need to understand that this book was begun by a 12 year old homeschool girl. I found that to be quite outstanding. It is written for a teenage audience. I found it quite inspiring that such a young girl would take on a project such as this and do it well. It was also inspiring for my son, who is currently working on his own novel for NanoWriMo. It showed him that it was definitely possible to complete a novel at his age.
There are study guides available for each of the books in the series. I think it would be very easy to make each of the books into a fun study unit. There are lots of things to be learned in these novels besides literature.
I hope that if you decide to try this book, that you will enjoy it as much as we did. In fact, we just may find the next two books in the series beneath the Christmas tree this year. My son has requested them and I think it is a great idea!