The Ark, the Reed, and the Firecloud (Amazing Tales of Max & Liz Series #1)

The Ark, the Reed, and the Firecloud (Amazing Tales of Max & Liz Series #1)

by Jenny L. Cote

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Max, a Scottish terrier, takes his usual morning trot down to the loch where he hears a mysterious Voice humming in the reeds saying, "Come to Me...follow the fire cloud." He embarks on an unknown journey from Scotland, meeting other animals along the way including Liz, a brilliant, petite black cat from France. Max and Liz become the brave leaders for their group, and eventually, for the entire ark. The mysterious journey, filled with danger, humor, trials, and triumphs, leads them across Europe to the Middle East. The moment of arrival for these animals is spectacular as the ark is miraculously transformed into the animals' natural habitats.
Throughout the previous one hundred years, Noah and family have endured ridicule from villagers while building the ark. Now this family must painfully witness the loss of lives and total destruction of the earth through the mighty flood.
After the journey to the ark, the voyage in the ark begins. Liz finds ways to keep the animals occupied, including daily exercise led by the flamingos and a talent night where the animals entertain each other with their natural abilities. But a sinister plot develops Someone is out to kill Noah and his family. Liz follows clues that lead her to discover a stowaway who has deceived them all. Max and Liz foil the plot, but at a high price. The end climaxes with unexpected twists and turns, taking the reader from despair to hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617151323
Publisher: AMG Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Series: Amazing Tales of Max & Liz Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 348,164
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author





Jenny Cote developed an early passion for God, history, and young people, and beautifully blends these passions together in her new fantasy fiction series, The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz®.  Jenny introduces readers to Max and Liz with her first book, The Ark, the Reed, & the Fire Cloud. When not writing herself, Jenny often teaches kids about the art of creative writing through fun, highly interactive workshops at schools across the country.  Jenny now lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband Casey, son Alex, and of course, the real Max and Liz.

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Ark, the Reed and the Fire Cloud 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing tale of four animals. Two dogs, Max and Kate, and two cats, Liz and Albert. It is a great story of faith, courage, and hope. It teaches about the importance of friendship, but also about being careful who you chose to befriend. Throughout the story, Max uses prayer to solve almost every problem. The fun of reading the well-known story of Noah and the ark from a "Dogs eye view" was great. I wasn't disapointed. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to buy this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a wonderful book. I just love how they all speak in different languages i think the writing and figureative language is great this is definatley a book I would reccomend you to read. I finally got to read my favorite of all time book! ~Katelyn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it in paperback and it had a glosaary in the back that said who the animals were and their laungauge and lingo. I have to admit it would have been a bit harder if I didnt have that
DonaldJamesParkerDP More than 1 year ago
I think the story of Noah's ark is the most fascinating of all the majestic tales which have been chronicled in the Bible. Never has it been told like Jenny Cote tells it here. From a flatulent cow to a cerebral cat, which chooses as a mate Garfield's prototype, to aerobic instructing flamingos to a poetry spouting frog, several of the myriad animals booked for passage on the ark come to life for the readers. The characters speak with native accents and sprinkle in words from their own languages. So the French feline named Liz purrs in Francais, and the Scottish Terrier named Max growls with a Scottish brogue. Of course in reality, at this time in Earth's history, languages such as French and Spanish and English and countries such as Canada, America, Russia, Scotland, and Argentina were just a twinkle in God's eye. This is fantasy after all, and a reader must suspend a modicum of disbelief in order to enjoy that genre. Jenny attempted to give us a different and entertaining perspective on this whale of a tale. She succeeded admirably. If you're looking for wholesome and faith building entertainment for your children, you can't go wrong with this book, and I suspect the same for the rest of the series.
ReadersFavorite2 9 months ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud: The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz, Book One by Jenny L. Cote is the retelling of the biblical story of Noah’s Ark, but from the point of view of the animals. Max is a Scottish terrier who was just following his daily routine when he hears a voice telling him to follow the fire cloud. Curious, he follows the voice only to find that he was not the only who was being summoned. On his way, he meets with Liz, Kate, Al and many other animals who travel through countries to find themselves in front of the ark. Now they have to get on the ark, brave the oncoming flood and survive. But things are not easy, especially when you consider there are many different species inside one huge boat. There is also something very sinister happening that no one can explain. It is up to Max and his set of friends to find out what is happening and if they can stop it before time runs out. Denny Brownlee did an excellent job at not only narrating a story that most adults have heard at least once in their lives but also making it exceptionally entertaining for young children. His voice conveys emotions so clearly that you don’t have to try hard to become invested in the story. From simply reading the narrative or giving life to the dialogues, he ensures that his reader is not going anywhere until he is done. The story itself is very well-written. It is educational, very informative and a great way to teach biblical stories to young children. The author did a wonderful job of making the story adventurous and entertaining. The pace was wonderful, the characters very well-written and given ample time to develop. The author gives lessons of having faith in God yet working hard in a subtle yet very impressive manner. Max is a very good protagonist; he is firm, intelligent, ready to help others and always there to help his friends. His friendship with Liz and the way he treated other animals was a great experience. I enjoyed this book and I hope the author has another one like this to share with us soon.
legendaryneo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Ark, The Reed, and the Fire Cloud is a Christian story of the animals heading toward the ark then their long journey on it. Its target audience is ages 8 to 12, and I would put the reading level just slightly lower than the Harry Potter series. At about 450 pages it can take some time, but the reading is fairly easy.The Good: *This story is just plain well written. It starts off with a small group and then builds up gradually from there.*It is told from the perspective of the animals which is something you never really get to see.*There are a huge variety of characters from all over the world. *The story has wonderful flow which is only weak at a few points. When I heard the initial description of the book with flamingo aerobics and the plot to murder Noah I thought it sounded very childish and cheesy, but it is very tastefully done and flows with the story.*There is a glossary in the back if you lose track of characters names or don't know what they say by a phrase.*This story follows a geological path which more mature readers can appreciate. The journey goes through multiple countries, meeting animals in their natural habitats, and facing natural challenges.*Mixed in with the fun are Biblical truths which are wonderfully written in.The Bad: There was nothing particularly bad about this book though these are a few weaknesses that I found in it.*Scientific problems: The two terriers are described as the only dogs aboard the ark which they couldn't have been. The animals travel through countries that didn't exist back then and speak with accents that also didn't exist.*One major theme never gets complete closure though I don't want to spoil what that is.The Ugly: I really enjoyed this book so there's nothing really ugly about it. I did find the way she set it up for Max and Liz to be a series of books rather cheesy though. Also (SEMI-SPOILER)God ordains pets in the story. Part of God's promise to the people after getting off the ark is that they can now care for animals as pets. All in all I highly recommend this book for the suggested age group, but also for more mature readers as well. I enjoyed the book and I'm 23 years old. If you have any further questions shoot me a message.
24girl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Scottish terrier, Max hears a voice coming from the grassy reed he has no choice but to begin his journey by following the fire cloud. Along the way he meets other animals who also head the Maker¿s voice summoning them to follow. Among these animals is a petite black cat from France named Liz. Together they lead the group to their destination, Noah¿s Ark.During their stay on the ark Max and Liz interact with the other animals and when trouble starts brewing they uncover a plot to murder Noah and his family and heroically save the dayI enjoyed the adventures of the group (especially those of the big scaredy cat Al) and loved the story of their time on the ark. The portions that cover Noah¿s family and the lives lost in the destruction of the flood are heart breaking and thought provoking. I recommend this story as a family read for the children ages 7-12.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad I found out about these awesome books! I'm only three chapers into this and I already know what I'm going to be staying up late reading at night for a while! I love how it shows another perspective of Noah's Ark, and the creativity and hard work put into it is shocking! Also, not only is it a good read, it's a book about faith and the glory of God and how he makes miracles. In fact, miracles is the first word that comes to my mind while reading this. I'm definitely not going to stop reading this before I finish it!
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
I did find this book to be interesting, as it told the Bible story of Noah's ark from a different point of view – the animals' view of the events taking place. That is what made the book fun, cute, unique and kid-friendly. However there are certain points of the storyline that I didn't enjoy. Miracles do exist, but the one that took place in "The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud" seemed ridiculous that the animals were performing miracles. I got used to it though and there were quite a few of these "miracles" spread throughout the first half of the book. It was the second half – when the animals reached the ark – is when my mind was blown by the liberties the author took at really dressing up the Noah's ark story. I'm not saying that this huge miracle that took place in the ark couldn't have happened, but the Bible doesn't say how it happened. I'm afraid that some children who don't know the story well enough might believe many of the fictional things mentioned in the book. "The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud" was a cute book to read and actually, I'm glad that I took the time to read it. There are just many issues that I don't agree with. For anyone (adults and children alike) familiar with the story of Noah ark coming straight from the Bible with the exact historical facts, then my suggestion is to read the story (in Genesis) both before and after you read this book. Just to keep your facts straight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book for kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My girls loved this book! So descriptive and imaginative. The true story of Noah's ark but then added to with fictionalized details & from an animal's point of view. Full of substance & moral lessons. I read it to my 7 & 9 year olds & they didn't want it to end. I am not into writing reviews, but this book deserves high praise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really, really, good. I have read the 1st and 2nd book. I wish they had the 3rd, 4th, and 5th book, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very goof book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a key in the back to look for
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is good read, but I don't see how young readers are going to understand the Scottish broque and the French words. I even had a hard time reading this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I <3 this book im starting a club for it we cann be a dog or cat in the club im a black lab with a white circle around my eye female
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storiesforchildren More than 1 year ago
Max is a Scottish terrier who lives a quiet and peaceful life in the glen, but one day he hears the voice of the Maker speaking through a mysterious humming of the reeds telling him to follow the fire cloud. On the way, he meets Al, an Irish cat, and Kate, a West Highland terrier from another part of Scotland, both of whom have also heard the voice of the Maker. After they cross the English Channel, they meet up with Liz, a French cat, and several other animals who are following the fire cloud too, while animals from all over the world have been called as well. The fire cloud leads every one of them to a place in the Middle East where a man named Noah is building a big boat. I shall let your imagination figure out the rest of the story, except to say that during the voyage there is much mystery afoot in that someone aboard the ark is causing trouble, and attempts are made on both Max's and Noah's lives. Will Max and Liz be able to find out who is behind the plot and protect the humans?
What an ingenious and attention-catching way to tell the story of Noah and the ark, giving the viewpoint of the animals! The book is identified as "Juvenile Fiction-Fantasy." One would almost hesitate to call it "fantasy" because there are those of us who believe that the basis of the story, the Biblical account of the worldwide flood in Genesis, was a real event, but, of course, animals do not talk and exhibit human emotions. A note at the beginning says, "This is a work of fiction based on truth." The author wrote, "You may think I've taken great liberties with the Noah story, and I guess I have. Could God have transformed the ark into the natural habitats of the animals? Of course, but did He? Who knows? It's fun to think about what could have been, while holding true to what we do know."
This book is well written and easily kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. In addition to being a fun story to read, there are important character traits exhibited, such as loyalty to friends, overcoming fears, exhibiting courage in the face of danger, and trusting in God, as well as an underlying depiction of the battle of good versus evil in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would recommend it highly to everyone. It is the first book in "The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz" series. The author is already writing the second volume, The Dreamer, The Schemer, and the Robe, in which Max and Liz return to help Joseph. Future books are planned which will take Max and Liz to important events in both Biblical and world history. Children who like stories about animals, and anyone who likes good fantasy fiction, especially something based on Bible stories, should appreciate this book.
ReviewYourBook.com More than 1 year ago
Jenny L. Cote
Living Ink Books, 2008
ISBN: 9780899571980
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 10/08
5 stars
Humor, adventure, danger, twists and turns¿
Jenny L Cote is an extremely talented author. The Ark, the Reed & the Fire Cloud is sure to be a favorite of your child. The plot follows Max, a Scottish terrier, and Liz, a feline, as they lead other various animals to Noah¿s Ark. Cote never allows her tale to be boring. She uses humor, adventure, danger, twists, and turns throughout the plot.
The Ark, the Reed & the Fire Cloud will make a great read aloud to your children or grandchildren. Some children will even want to read it to themselves, although 437 pages may be a bit daunting to most young children. It is easy to recommend this book to parents and grandparents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its the best book ever