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