With a little help from a friend and some fancy assistive technology, I recently read a book written by a fourteen year old homeschooler that I found delightful and intriguing. I seldom try to read anything that is not printed in braille anymore because it isn’t worth the migraine I get, or the time it takes to plod through the blurry words on a CCTV even though it magnifies to 78 pt font with brilliant contrast. Reluctantly, I began in order to better write this review. It didn’t take long before I found myself wanting to read longer than I could. A friend helped me at times reading it and tactually signing it to me as she went along. That is a feat in itself, believe me. You know I had to be interested to go to those extremes. Read it I did to the very last word.

I found the plot to be believable enough to imagine the three teens sneaking to the top deck during a shootout between the FBI and smugglers during a boat chase. Adventure is the genre which, especially for the audience of pre-teens and young teens, does take leaps into the imagination. It is fun at this age to imagine kids your age doing dangerous and exciting things. The story doesn’t have to be totally believable and a little preposterous is often desired. With this title, you definitely get adventure from the FBI shootout to fighting over treasure and millions of years old fossil that some believe to be Evolution’s missing link between ape and man. Don’t worry about the evolution. The author and publisher are Creation believing Christians who hope to thrill your young student while helping him to learn the foundations of Evolution and Creationism, so they could defend their beliefs like two of our book’s heroes. Their young cousin believes in evolution and hearty debates are scattered throughout the book. Through their harrowing adventures, the young cousin seems to get closer to the fact that God might actually exist and have something of interest to him. Of course, you have to read the rest of the series to find out if our two heroes continue to testify for their faith and if Christ can capture the young man’s heart. The story should keep you interested enough to finish the series.

Media Angels does a good job bringing a quality printed paperback book to publication. The audience is pre-teen and early teens. Younger children unless really interested in science or anthropology might find the book over their heads. I found the printing to be a quality dark font on a crisp, contrasting white without the white being too blinding. It really helped my eyes to pick up the print. The age group will find this helpful as well since they are transitioning usually at this time to the smaller print and longer chapter books from the books of intermediate readers to more advanced.

The young author is the daughter of the publishers. Despite her age, Christina Gerwitz did a good job producing a story that holds the attention of her targeted audience while educating them on a complicated topic at the same time. That is quite a feat. Some strict English-minded teachers might find a few spelling and grammar errors, but none are terribly distracting to the intended audience of readers. Errors are being fixed with each printing, so they should diminish with time. Considering her age at the writing, I wasn’t concerned with these errors at all. In fact, it can encourage other young potential authors to give novel writing a try. They do not have to fear that their grammatical skills would undermine their efforts completely. Editing is always needed, but a student should be encouraged to try their hand at writing. In addition, the literary world needs more Christian authors entering into the genres of adventure, fantasy, and even horror. Our children are attracted to these literature types at this age. We need to provide them with Christian titles with which to explore and dream.

Felice and Jeff Gerwitz sell this book, its sequels, and other wonderful books by other authors on their website at www.MediaAngels.com. Felice also has a new venture at www.ScholarSquare.com where she is encouraging parents to create teaching videos for homeschooling and Christian audiences.

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