WorthyKids/Ideals recently sent us the first two books in The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series. The first book is titled The Beginning (Book#1) and the second book is Race to the Ark (Book #2). Each book is soft covered and just over 100 pages. The suggested reading level for these stories is aged six to nine. Written by M.J. Thomas, the series was developed after not finding exciting stories for his son that were about the Bible. He incorporated his son Peter, niece Mary and family dog Hank into the main characters of the series.
The Beginning (Book #1)
The series starts by introducing Peter, Mary, and Frank as their parents drop them off at a Great Uncles house for a month while they travel to Africa. Peter and Mary haven’t seen their Uncle in four years and aren’t sure what to expect. They find a cluttered old house of an archeologist who hasn’t told anyone of his latest find. Peter and Mary learn that their Uncle has found a container with the Hidden Scrolls in it. Unfortunately, he can’t open the scrolls so he doesn’t know what they contain.
Soon after Mary and Peter head off to bed they hear a lion roar and go to the library to investigate. There they find a hidden room with the pot containing the scrolls. Hank the dog accidentally knocks the pot over and their adventure beginnings with the room falling away into darkness. That darkness is the darkness before the world is formed. What follows is a series of adventures as Peter and Mary witness the world being formed day by day. During this, they meet the angel Michael who lets them know he is there to help them.
During this, they meet the angel Michael who lets them know he is there to help them if they ask. Michael lets the kids know that they must solve the scrolls secret in seven days or they will be stuck forever. The scroll is written in Hebrew which means they need to translate the words. Luckily, the first scroll only contains three words that must be deciphered. The story continues and the kids end up back home where their uncle informs them they only went to bed an hour before. Mary and Peter thought they had been gone for seven days! The book ends with Peter drifting off to sleep anticipating the adventure in the next scroll.
Race to the Ark (Book #2)
Race to the Ark starts three days after the adventures of Book #1. Mary and Peter are stuck indoors with the rain when they hear the roar of the lion calling them to come unlock another scroll. The siblings are pulled back to the time of Noah and the Ark. They meet Michael who tells them the three rules of the scroll again. They have to solve the mystery of the scroll in seven days or be stuck there forever, they can’t tell anyone they are from the future and they can’t try and change the past.
Soon the kids find the tracks of a lot of animals and decide to follow them at the end of the tracks, they find the ark. Shem finds them and takes them to the ark where they meet Noah. Towards the end of the book, Mary and Peter are introduced to a Dark Ruler who they figure out is Satan. Monkeys, lions and a wolf all join in the ending commotion when Mary and Peter finally learn about trusting in God.
Our Hidden Scrolls Experience
I handed Riley both books and she quickly disappeared with them. Two hours later she came back and handed them to me! This girl reads so fast! Riley is ten and slightly above the suggested reading age but far above an emerging reader level. I didn’t expect her to have any trouble reading these and I was right in that assessment. I asked her for her thoughts on the stories and this is what she had to say: “At first I thought it was weird that Peter and Mary’s parents left them to go to Africa. That’s just rude! Then they had a cool adventure so I guess it makes up for it. I liked that Mary knows karate and used it on Satan and the mean kids in the second book. I would kick them if I had the chance! I wish I could travel back and time and see what they saw.”
I wanted to know if she was interested in following the series and she said she was. Riley said “Of course! I want to see what the other scrolls make them learn!” Well, okay then! I guess I’ll add this to her list of books she wants to read.
My Hidden Scrolls Thoughts
I read both books in addition to Riley reading them. I definitely agree with the recommended ages and reading level. Before I gave the books to Riley I was worried she would think they were too young for her so I’m happy the adventure level held her interest. As an adult reading the stories there were a few parts where I wished for a bit more detail. I’d love to see the relationship between Great-Uncle Solomon and the kids grow and develop throughout the series. I personally enjoyed the Biblical aspect of the stories. They were fun and full of adventures that make you want to continue reading. I definitely encourage you to check out The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
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