The Missing Map Of Pirate’s Haven

Saturday, August 25, 2012
I was ready to be vacant myself. We run into a grouchy cat lady on the side of a cliff burying twenty pounds of used cat litter and she threatens to six a dog named Hezekiah on us. This, of course, is after a theological debate with a man old enough to be my grandfather who may be a drug dealer and who also has a ponytail to his waist. So much for my dreams about Southern California.

Book: The Missing Map of Pirate's Haven (Accidental Detectives, Book 5) by Sigmund Brouwer, Victory Books, 1959
Genre: Adventure/Mystery
Target Audience: Boys 10-14
Subjects: Greed, friendship
Summary: Unfortunately, this trip to the Pacific Ocean may not be the enjoyable vacation the kids thought. To begin with, Lisa’s dad decides to send Joel with them. Then by the end of the first day, Ricky and Mike find reasons to suspect Lisa’s uncle is a drug dealer. Before long they are fighting wild animals, searching for kidnappers and trying to find ways out of being tied to dynamite!
Notes: This book takes a look at first impressions and judging on external appearances. From the beginning, Lisa’s uncle encourages them to think more carefully about what they say. Is what they see on the outside really tell what is on the inside? Ricky and the others continue to assume they know things without looking deeper to find out what’s really going on. That gets them into some dangerous situations. This story also includes an interesting discussion on apologetics between Ricky and Lisa’s uncle. And by the end of the story he finds reason to put his faith back in God. This is the 7th in the Accidental Detectives series, a series of books about Ricky Kidd, a young boy who often stumbles into mysteries and has to deal with a younger brother that drives him nuts.
Recommendation Scale: 4/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

1 Samuel 16:7 – The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”


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