The Jewels of Sofia Tate by Doris Etienne

This book is a fair take on the mystery genre.  I enjoyed the main characters and watching them develop.  I found the villians a bit ‘pat’.   The ending was a little too neat and tidy.  Teacher librarians need to be aware of the embedded Christian perspective within this story.  The plot hinges on unraveling a set of  clues which are passages of scripture engraved on items in an old woman’s house.  I would be reluctant to add this book to a public school library.  I would definitely consider it for a Christian school library particularly if I wanted to ‘beef’ up the Christian fiction section.  Not a bad read but not a must.

Rating  #1 (Highly Recommended) #2 #3✓ #4 (Not acceptable)

Interest Level: grades 6+  Reading Level:  6+

Curriculum Area: Language Arts

Themes/Topics: mystery, family history

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