Captured By A Spy

Thursday, July 8, 2010
“Spect we got real trouble,” Zach whispered. “You think we locked in here Ben? We got to get out of here. Whoever they be, they mean no good.”

Book: Captured By A Spy by L. Travis, Baker Books, 1995
Captured by a Spy (Ben and Zack, Book 1)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Target Audience: Boys 10-14
Subjects: Faith in God, showing mercy to others
Summary: Two boys in the midst of the Civil War, one black and one white face quite the challenge when their adventure lands them in the midst of a ring of spies and criminals. Their first priority is to get home safely. But beyond that, both boys must face a tough choice about how to tell right from wrong when the lines get blurry. Is it better to demand justice or mercy?
Notes: The spiritual themes in this book are two. First there is the good luck charm Ben wears around his neck all the time. He believes that is what will save him. Caleb however is convinced that the charm is useless and only God has the power to save them. The second theme is the hard choice the boys face towards the end of the story. They must decide between justice and mercy and their choice could not only impact them, but those around them.
Recommendation Scale: 4.5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Micah 6:8 - He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God


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