If you are blessed with children who are avid readers, perhaps you understand my conundrum. My oldest reads so fast that I can’t keep up with him. Knowing the loose lips (or pens) of some authors, it makes me cringe to set him free reading whatever he wants. I don’t want to hold him back and make him read less either. So it’s refreshing when there is a series like Adventures in Odyssey that I know is grounded in Christians values. I can turn him loose without fear. It’s only a matter of days, however, before he has torn through an entire series. That’s why I was so excited when I found out that Adventures in Odyssey is now releasing a new line of books about Young Whit. That’s why I say can honestly say, “Yay for Young Whit!”I don’t want to hold my kids back and make them read less. It’s refreshing when there is a series like Adventures in Odyssey that I know is grounded in Christians values. I can turn them loose without fear. Click To Tweet
The Story Behind the Story
I love when a series gives us a glimpse into the prologue. It’s fun to see the story behind the story. Young Whit: The Traitor’s Treasure is no exception. I loved getting a glimpse into the brilliant mind of the character of John Avery Whitaker. It comes as no surprise that he is brilliant. The character development of John, his family, and friends, paves the pathway for understanding and embracing the his character in the Adventures in Odyssey Books previously written.
A Suspenseful Start
The book starts out with great suspense, unlike what I would normally expect in a child’s Christian fiction book. In fact, it was even a bit scary for my 5 and 8 year old girls. It appeared that a young boy’s life was being threatened. Then the boy and his attacker vanished. I appreciated that it helped draw in my 11 year old son, grabbing his attention and mine too! (And the girls survived. They wanted to keep reading!)
Encouraging Scientific Exploits
I also enjoyed seeing Whit’s scientific exploits as a child. I love anything that encourages science, especially self-study and creating personal experiments. My little self-proclaimed nerds can relate! (We consider that a compliment at our house.)
Young Whit even tackles the popular topic of bullies, being the new kid in town, losing a loved one, making new friends, and the importance of obeying parents. These are great jumping off points for discussion. Each topic is handled with grace and ease, perfect for curious children.
Win Your Own Copy
If you are a fan of the Adventures in Odyssey Books, or even just looking for a new series, I highly recommend checking them out. We can’t wait for the next one. The good news is that you might win a copy of the book here! Good luck!