The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls ~ Review

We were recently given the chance to review two biblical fiction books from WorthyKids/Ideals. The books are part of a new series, The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls by M. J. Thomas. We received the first two books in the series, The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning (Book #1) and The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Race to the Ark (Book #2).

About the Series

The series follows two siblings, Peter and Mary. The two end up finding ancient scrolls that magically transfer them back to biblical times. It is designed for kids ages six to nine and has a reading level of first to third grade. I personally disagree with the reading level. The book uses some larger words that I think even some second graders would struggle with. A first grader would need to be a very strong reader to tackle these books independently. I feel that a strong second grade reading level would be necessary for a child to read and comprehend the stories independently.

About the Books

The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning (Book #1)

The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls
The Beginning is a 107 page soft covered book that is broken into 12 chapters. The book begins with the two kids visiting their great uncle Solomon while their parents are on a trip to Africa for a month. The kids were not excited about spending a month with Great Uncle Solomon. He was an architect and didn’t even have a TV.

The first night of their stay Great Uncle Solomon told Peter and Mary about a discovery he made while working in the Middle East. He had found a glowing pot with ancient scrolls, but he couldn’t open them. Legend had it that only the chosen ones could open the scrolls.

After going to bed, the kids woke up to their dog Hank barking. The kids followed his barking and ended up finding the scrolls. They accidently opened one while tripping over the dog. All of a sudden, Peter, Mary, and Hank found themselves in complete darkness. They were witnessing the beginning of the world.

Along the way the kids met and angel named Michael. He told them that they had to follow three rules while on their adventure.

  1. They had 7 days to solve the secret of the scroll or they would be stuck in the past.
  2. The kids could not tell anyone where they were from or that they were from the future.
  3. They could not try to change the past.

Peter and Mary were surprised by the rules. They didn’t want to get stuck in the past, so they tried to figure out how to solve the secret of the scroll. Peter and Mary watched as God created the earth. Each day new things would appear. Michael warned the siblings of Satan and told the kids to stick together. They end up on a few adventures and eventually run into Satan. They finally solve the secret of the scroll which reads, “God Created Everything.” Once they solved the message they found themselves back in their great uncle’s library. After telling him about their adventure they found out that they were the chosen ones.

The end of the book points the readers to the Bible for the rest of the story.

The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Race to the Ark (Book #2)

The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls
Race to the Ark is 118 pages long and is broken into 13 chapters. This book begins with a short prolog that explains what happened in the first book. This makes it so you can easily start with the second book and be up to speed with what already happened. I wish that more books in a series would have prologs because I find them helpful.

The book begins with Mary and Peter sitting inside because of the rain. Their dog finds a bone and brings it to them. They end up finding Great Uncle Solomon’s old archeologist journal and tools. Then they hear the lion’s roar and their adventure begins!

The siblings find themselves in the middle of nowhere with out any food or water. They make their way to civilization but find out that they need coins to buy food. The only way to get coins is to lie, steal, or cheat. They decide to trust that God would provide when they are told that the “Dark Ruler” did not allow anyone to talk about God.

They meet with the angel and find out that this scroll has six words for them to solve. While on their adventure they meet Shem and make their way to Noah’s ark. Getting all of the animals on the ark was hard work, but they trusted God and worked together. They faced a few different challenges but in the end they solve the scroll and return home. This time the scroll read, “Trust God He Will Rescue You.”

How We Used Them

These books were both an easy read. I was able to finish them both in an afternoon. AJ hasn’t finished them yet because she has had a lot of reading in her other courses.

What I Thought

This series is really neat. It takes the facts from the Bible and expands on it. I think that anyone with young readers who are looking for an adventure would enjoy these books. I look forward to more books in this series, I  think it will be a big hit!

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