The Stowaway

Monday, August 2, 2010
 What did that prove? It was all so jumbled in his mind - as it always seemed to be. Only now, he knew he could got to God with anything.

Book: The Stowaway by Nancy Rue, Focus On The Family Publishing, 1995
 The Stowaway (Christian Heritage Series: The Salem Years #2)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 11-15
Subjects: Love for one another, accepting differences in people
Summary:Salem town! Josiah is being sent there to be educated, but what excites him is the thought of being near the ships. He dreads the thought of learning, especially when he learns the instructor is the “impatient overstuffed assistant minister who seldom smiled and never waited to hear the whole story before he placed blame – usually on the children”. Yet his experience is nothing like he expected. Meeting a mean orphan boy on the ship, running into trouble with the other boys in the school, and making friends with a Putman of all people, gives Josiah a unique opportunity to show love to others and show just how much he has grown and matured. 
Notes: Nancy Rue writes a powerful story. Set in the time of the Puritans, Josiah's family is not accepted as members of the Church as it is run by some corrupt men filled with hate. Yet when Josiah's family attempts to attend a different Church, they run into even more trouble. Josiah is struggling with how to become a dependable young man and wrestling with all these questions, but all everyone sees is a foolish boy who never thinks. Only a couple of people can see the real Josiah and trust him. There are alot of lessons in these stories of a young boy's growing up years, everything from religious differences to racial differences. This is the 2nd book in the Christian Heritage Series, the Salem Years.
Recommendation Scale: 5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Matthew 5:43 - You have heard that it was said "love you neighbor and hate your enemy". But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven.


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