The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls books were written for beginning readers who are ready to read short chapter books(around ages 6-9), but the stories can be enjoyed by older or younger children as well. In the series, Peter, Mary, and their dog Hank go to stay with their Great Uncle Solomon who is an archeologist. Solomon discovered some ancient scrolls that have the ability to send who they choose back in time. Peter and Mary are chosen by the scrolls and in each book travel to a different time in Bible history. During their journeys they are helped along the way by the angel Michael. There are three rules they must follow on their adventures. They cannot tell people they are from the future, they cannot try to change the past, and if they don't solve the mystery on the scroll in a certain number of days they are stuck in that time period.
In Book 1 of the series, Mary and Peter were transported back in time to the Garden of Eden. Book 2's adventure took them to Noah's Ark. In Book 3 they saw the Plagues of Egypt first hand and in Book 4 they had an important spy mission to Jericho.
Book Five, The Shepherd's Stone, is 120 pages long and contains 14 chapters. Mary, and Peter, and their dog Hank, journey back in time to the city of Bethlehem where they meet a young shepherd boy named David. They travel with him through The Valley of Death to take food to David's brothers who are on the battlefield. On their way they encounter many challenges and once they arrive discover a giant problem. Mary and Peter have their own battle to face, solving the secret of the scroll and thwarting then enemy in the form of The Soldier of Darkness while David has to defeat the giant Goliath.
Book 6, The Lion's Roar, is also 120 pages long with 14 chapters. In this book, the children are transported back in time to the city of Babylon where the High Priest and his raven are trying to make the children bow to an idol. While in Babylon they meet Shadrach and his good friend Daniel. The High Priest wants to get rid of Daniel and concocts a plan to have him thrown to the lions. The children have to solve the secret of the scroll before its too late.
I have been reading this series aloud to my 8, 10, 12, and 14 year olds. They loved the first 4 books and were excited to receive the other two. My 10 year olds and up could easily and quickly read them on their own but they would be a bit challenging for my 8 year old. They all enjoy listening to me read them aloud and interestingly this series has lined up with our history studies. We recently studied about King David.
My 8 year old especially likes the black and white illustrations sprinkled throughout the book.
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series is a wonderful mystery series for children based on great Biblical events with some fiction and fantasy thrown in. The stories allow children to put themselves in Peter and Mary's shoes and experience the events as they are happening, allowing them to better remember these stories. Each of the scrolls teach an important lesson such as: Fear Not! God is Bigger then Any Problem or God is in Control! It can be hard to find great books for young children to read without having to worry about the content. There is nothing that parents have to be concerned about in these book. We love these books and cannot wait for future books to be released.
Book 7, The King is Born, is now available! There is a giveaway of books 1-7 going on right now! Go here to enter!
Several members of The Crew also reviewed Books 5 and 6. To see what my Crew Mates had to say, stop by the Crew Blog!