Friday, August 27, 2010

Peter and the Secret of Rundoon - Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Peter and the Secret of Rundoon is the final book in the Peter and the Starcatchers trilogy. While searching the jungle for something to do, Peter and his friends find a broken arrow. They take it to the Indian leader, Fighting Prawn, thinking he might know what it is. The leader tells them that the arrow belongs to a fierce Indian tribe called the Scorpions. These Indians capture islands and use poison arrows in battle. Fighting Prawn tells Peter and his friends to stay inside the village so they can be safe. Peter, however, sneaks off and plans to fight the Scorpions without any idea what he is going to do. He hopes that this will turn out for the best and doesn’t want to think about what would happen if the island is taken by the Scorpions.

I thought that this was the best one in the trilogy.  This book has plenty to keep readers occupied and is a very easy read. I recommend this series to anyone who likes an easy and fun read, good action, a little drama, or just likes Peter Pan.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bruchko - Bruce E. Olson

Bruchko is a true missionary story about a nineteen year old boy named Bruce Olson who feels a call to be a missionary in South America. He doesn’t know who he wants to preach to, he just wants to go. Since he has a medical degree, he thinks that he will be accepted by the Indians because he can give them medicine. The mission board denies him, telling him that he is too young to go. He decides to go by himself without a mission board and no help from the outside world. While he is trying to decide who he is going to preach to, he hears about the Motilone Indians. He feels that these are the people to whom God sent him to preach. Some other missionaries hear about his choice and warn him that the Indians have killed anybody that came in there.  Determined, he ignores them and sets off to find what he can do to help. On his path to showing the Indians the Gospel, he faces dangers, near death, savage Indians, and learns about sharing God’s truth with a different people.

This was a very good book. It is easy to read, has plenty of exciting moments, and is good for just about any kind of reader. This is worth reading for anyone struggling in their faith.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Peter and the Shadow Thieves - Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Peter and the Shadow Thieves is the second book in the Peter Pan series. Molly and her family receive a warning from a Starcatcher in Egypt that reads, “Beware the Shadows.” Not knowing what to make of it, they keep a sharp eye for anything suspicious. Peter and his friends learn the meaning more quickly. Their peaceful island, Neverland, is attacked by a strange pirate crew accompanied by a shadowy sinister figure that can steal people’s shadows and control the victim. When Peter learns that their next target is Molly and her family, he hides on the pirate’s ship so he can go back to London and warn them. He is hoping with all his might that he makes it in time.

This book is just as good as the first, if not better. It is very helpful to read these books in order, starting with Peter and the Starcatchers. This book is an easy and fun read.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Peter and the Starcatchers - Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Peter and the Starcatchers is the first book of a series about the life of Peter Pan before the movie. Peter and his friends are forced onto an evil-looking ship whose destination no one would reveal. They aren’t given very appetizing food on the trip, and because Peter feels responsible for the other boys, he decides to sneak out of his cabin to find food. He runs into a girl named Molly Aster who seems like she has a secret. Peter continues his search for food and finds a chest. Curious, he opens the chest and is greeted by a bright light. The next day, he interrogates Molly about the chest, feeling this is what she’s hiding. She reveals that the chest is filled with starstuff which affects people in many ways, and people have been trying to use its power for themselves. Peter feels like he should help guard it. His new mission is to stop thieves, learn more about starstuff, and maybe a little about himself.

This book was really good. It was funny, and almost never had a dull moment. I recommend this series to Peter Pan fans and for people who want an easy,fun read. If you read this book, you’re going to want to finish the series.