Haunted Waters by Jerry B. Jenkins & Chris Fabry

Book description:

Watch out! The Timberline twins are on the loose. Bryce and Ashley are ATV-riding tweens from Colorado who unearth action-packed mystery and adventure wherever they go. From clearing the name of a local miscreant to thwarting a gold-stealing heist, the twins’ growing faith and the strong example of their parents guide them through even the most life-threatening situations. With the trademark page-turner style used by Jerry Jenkins and Chris Fabry in the Left Behind: The Kids series, these fast-paced books will keep even reluctant readers on the edge of their seats. Readers will definitely get hooked by the unbelievable cliff-hanger at the end of book one, Haunted Waters. Perfect for ages 8-12.

My review:

This book reminded me a little of the Nancy Drew mysteries I read ages ago.  Bryce and Ashley, two tweens coping with typical and atypical problems, end up smack dab in the middle of a mystery and immersed in danger through no fault of their own.  I think this book would appeal to younger readers for a variety of reasons.  Bryce and Ashley have a lot of varied challenges, such as the death of a parent and growing up in a blended family, a believing mother and unbelieving stepfather, medical conditions, peer pressure, and bullying.  It seems that because their problems are so varied, many different readers could identify with at least one aspect of their lives.

This book is appealing to parents because of the lessons included within the pages.  Things like encouraging readers to talk to their parents about difficult situations and supporting each other in a family are topics that children need to have repeated.  There is so much action within the book that I think it would hold the attention of even the most resistant reader.

Jenkins and Fabry can be counted on to provide interesting story lines interwoven with biblical truths, and that holds true in this book.  I also thought the foreshadowing for the next book was very clever, because now I can’t wait to read it!

If you are looking for an action-packed book for readers 8 and up, look no further.  I thought it was a very nice book!

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