The Great Escape (Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Series #3)

The Great Escape (Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Series #3)


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ISBN-13: 9780824956899
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Series , #3
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 166,737
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Mike Thomas grew up in Florida playing sports and riding his bike to the library and an arcade named the Cosmic Cowboy. He graduated from Liberty University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Bible Studies. When his son Peter was nine years old, Mike went searching for books that would teach Peter about the Bible in a fun, imaginative way. Finding none, he decided to write his own series. Mike Thomas lives in Tennessee with his wife, Lori; two sons, Payton and Peter; and their dog, Hank.

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The Great Escape (Book Three) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Cheri-Fields More than 1 year ago
This book moves us much more strongly into the known world which both makes it exciting, but also sets the standard higher. As always, Thomas keeps the tone perfect pitch for his early reader audience, throwing in plenty of cliffhangers to keep them turning to the next page. By the end of the story your child will have a real sense of what it would have been like to live through the Ten Plagues. As a story, it’s worth having as part of the Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series but doesn’t stand as well on its own as the first two. It does shine in two areas, introducing us to the princess of Egypt and setting up how scary it would have been for a boy to trust God’s protection on Passover night. I really appreciated that through the princess we come to care for the Egyptian people. They weren’t all monsters who deserved every miserable moment more than we would. Even the Pharaoh is depicted as strongly influenced by Satan and therefore comes across as a more complex villain. Peter’s feelings when it was coming time for the firstborn sons to die took me back to my own childhood, wondering what would have happened to my brother if we had lived back then. The emotions and faith required for that evening come through beautifully. These two reasons alone make it worth adding to your family’s collection. I wish Thomas had developed the characters of Mary and Peter more. Naturally they were introduced two books before and it’s not as easy to add depth, but a little character arc to show them maturing, facing new internal struggles (excepting Peter’s private need for faith near the end), and actively working through their sibling differences would have added sparkle and meaning. The best developed character in the story is the princess. We are sad for Egypt, but end up thrilled that she will become Pharaoh, recognizing she will handle the job fairly. But, we don’t even find out she has a brother until hearing he has died. Then, there’s the open pyramid that introduces the adventure. I was hoping for a moment of description of the glistening original covering of the Great Pyramids, but instead we have the kids go straight from our time to exploring an open passageway into the treasure chamber of a generic pyramid. What? Those tombs were never left exposed for all and sundry to drop by and explore. They wouldn’t have held their treasures for a week with that kind of treatment. We do find out Satan’s sidekick (Why a cat? Why would he want a companion at all?) has been hanging out with the pyramid’s treasure and have an exciting escape from it. But what was the point of that whole scene besides tying the past with the present by encountering the same sarcophagus in both? All in all, this book is worth having as part of the series, but I do pray Thomas steps up his storytelling for the next books so this doesn’t end up being a near-miss in Christian children’s literature and instead takes its place as a must-have for families. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. They didn’t tell me what to say.
conniet729 More than 1 year ago
This book is targeted to 6-9 year olds. This is a perfect age group for it. My 6 year old loved this book. This is the 3rd book in the series. We have not read the first two books in the series, and we had no problem following along. I loved the characters, my 6 year old loved the storyline. He was very excited to keep reading. I received a copy of this book through Worthy Publishing, all thoughts are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in this series and they just keep getting better. Peter, Mary and their dog Hank travel through time to learn about what happened during biblical times. This one they learn about Moses. They meet new friends and learn valuable lessons. I believe young children ages 6-9 would really enjoy these stories. I received a copy of this book frost m Worthykids for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Although this is becoming a very easy read for our ten-year-old he seemed to enjoy the book, and of course he is a dog lover so that added. This is the third book in this series that he has read and enjoyed, and helps reinforce what he has been taught. With this book, we are putting a child’s look at the plagues of Egypt and how the Jews were finally led out. I love that I am able to have books that he enjoys, and that he is eager to read. I received this book through Worthy/Kids/Ideals Publishing and was not required to give a positive review.