Reviews from our Readers

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain 51zR8EDS8lL

Reviewed by Christina S., Age 11

Deceitful wonders, wonderful lies, came from the thief.

They came from the pirate, the Indian, the boy, Tom Sawyer.

‘Thomas Sawyer’ when he’s in trouble, ‘Capt’n Tom’ when he’s a playin’.

Aunt Polly calls ‘im “mischief,” Becky calls ‘im “Sweet.”

Most of all, “Thomas Sawyer!” rings through the air, but only when he’s caught.

For he’s sly as a fox, that thief, pirate, injun, boy, Thomas Sawyer.

Twain, Mark, et al. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Oxford University Press, 2008.



Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 51NwqjZK+-L

Reviewed in Poetry by Alison B, Age 13
Through My Eyes
To an orphaned child, a fragile soul
Home is the reeking alley, the dirty haystack
Parents are the easily angered employers, the administrators of
Food is the stale crumb, the putrid chunk of meat
Water is the drop that falls from the sky and caresses the swollen
Clothes are the meager rags that hang off of a skeleton body
Money is the object that is of highest importance, though not
often possessed
God is the unseen friend of the rich, the oppressor of the less fortunate
Love is he unfelt emotion, seen but not experienced
Happiness is only found in taking it from others, in the form of stealing, sneaking, looting, spying
Hurt is the bruise on the back, the wounds of a crushed heart
Life is a drudgery to be endured, hoping on day to be rescued
from it by
Death, which is the hope o the abandoned child, who prays that death in body
Will end the physical torture of one who is already
Dead inside, a rotting soul masked by the life of youth


Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist. by Charles Dickens. British Library, Historic, 2011.

door withinThe Door Within, The Rise of the Wyrm Lord, and The Final Storm  by Wayne Thomas Batson

Review by Brenna S. 

These books are an amazing blend of fantasy – complete with knights and castles – and modern-day realism. I love this series because Mr. Batson uses it to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s plan of salvation.

Aiden’s family has moved across the country to live with his aging Grandpa. Every night Aiden has nightmares about black knights and a benevolent King. In the dreams, a powerful man with red eyes tells Aiden they could rule the world together. All Aiden has to do is deny the King. Grandpa seems to understand the meaning of Aiden’s dreams. Aiden discovers he can travel into the realm of his dreams by way of three scrolls he finds in Grandpa’s basement. He goes on an amazing adventure in which he makes close friendships, learns to sword fight, and even fights dragons. Aiden also learns about the one true king, Eliam.

The Door Within trilogy has endearing characters who will make you laugh, as well as a message which reaches into our world. I love it! 20180803_095205-1-1

Batson, Wayne Thomas. The Door Within. Thomas Nelson, 2013.




51enzLdKBAL._SX370_BO1,204,203,200_Book review by Elizabeth H. Age 10 

In The Rattlebang Picnic by Margaret Mahy, Jack McTavish and Marion McGillicuddy get married and decide to buy an old rattlebang and have a bunch of children instead of a new and expensive car and no children. The McTavishes are a happy family and they have many great adventures with Granny McTavish. In the end, the McTavishes learn that children are more of a blessing than they could ever imagine!  Elizabeth

This is definitely my all time favorite book!

Mahy, Margaret, and Steven Kellogg. The Rattlebang Picnic. Puffin Books, 1998.



Book Review by writer Sierra Peterson

A fantastic read! The characters in this story are well thought out and believable. I fell in love with them instantly.
R.K. Lander did a brilliant job having her main character, Fel’annar, deal with racism and self-worth throughout the story. Readers can relate to these issues and are easily drawn into her struggle.
My only criticism has to do with the names of the characters. They were difficult to pronounce and some were given additional names which was confusing.
The plot is original and engaging from the start. The first chapter throws readers right into the action along with the warriors of the kingdom.
A wonderful and exciting read. I give Path of a Novice 4.5 out of 5 stars and am looking forward to the sequel.
Lander, R. K. Path of a Novice. 2017.
Sierra Peterson loves to dive into books, whether reading or writing them and can often be found in her book corner with a hot cup of coffee. But when she’s not there, she can be found playing guitar, having coffee with friends, or planting flowers in the greenhouse where she works part-time.  


A review by Janice C. Garey

This book takes children back into the Bible story of Adam in the Garden of Eden via a homemade time machine. The story, nicely paced, can be either read alone by the child, or a parent or sibling could read it to younger children.

I believe it would be best to first build a foundation for the child in the true Bible story before reading this story in case a child might have trouble discerning what are the facts and what part is fictional. This applies more, of course, to younger children than to older ones. The story is really good to help the child consider what it would have been like to experience the Bible story personally.

It seems some children have a jumble of Bible stories in their head, perhaps from sporadic attendance at church, so this book series is perfect to dispel confusion as to sequence of the Bible stories if the books are read in order. A timeline project could be set up to give more learning value and hands on experience with the series.

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Jann W. Martin—author, teacher, speaker and blogger— Her dream is to captivate the hearts of children, by writing stories that teach them of the Bible through the eyes of a child. She has a B.A. from Michigan State University, Commissioned, Associate in Ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. You can join her at, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+