The Chinese Puzzle Box

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The walls of Rick’s bedroom were covered with posters of baseball players and surfers. The room was decorated very much like Dan’s own. What made one person choose one path and someone else choose another? Friends? Circumstances? Parents? Maybe I keep seeing Rick when he’s not there because I’m worried I’m going to be just like him, Dan thought.

Book: The Chinese Puzzle Box by Chris Auer, Zondervan Publishers, 2005
Genre: Mystery
Target Audience: Boys 11-14
Subjects: Fear, temptation
Summary: Everywhere he turns, Rick seems to be there. But he’s only imagining him right? Rick wouldn’t come back to a town where everyone knows he is in trouble with the law… would he? When the power goes out, the security guards are poisoned and things keep moving around in places no one was at, Dan fears it wasn’t just his imagination after all. And if that is true, his very life is in danger!
Notes: Dan wrestles with a tough issue throughout this book: what makes a person turn out the way they do? He liked Rick at first, had a lot in common with him. But then Rick turned out to be evil. Well, Dan has made some pretty poor choices himself. Does that mean he is going to turn out like Rick? What can he do to avoid it? Is he strong enough to fight the temptations he faces?
Recommendation Scale: 3/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.


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