Behind The Locked Door

Monday, December 10, 2012
As they started down the stairs, Mark noticed a door that hadn’t been accounted for. Whit must have forgotten about it, he thought as he reached for the door handle. “What’s in this room?” he asked, turning thee knob. “Don’t!” Whit snapped. Mark jumped, backing away from the door. Whit seemed to realize how harsh he sounded and spoke more gently. “That’s just the attic. I don’t want you to go up there.” “Oh,” said Mark, his heart racing. Whit looked at Mark and then at the door. “Just the attic,” he repeated. He started down the stairs. Just the attic? Mark wondered. Then why did Whit snap at me? He sneaked a glance back toward the door. Strange thing, Mark thought. Especially since the door is locked.

Book: Behind the Locked Door (Adventures in Odyssey Fiction Series #4) by Paul McCusker, Tyndale House Publishers; 1993 (republished in 2006 as a set of 4 titled Strange Journey Back)

Genre: Adventure, Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 10-13
Subjects: Family relationships, horror books and what they do to your mind, wild imagination
Summary: Since Mark Prescott’s mom and dad split up, life has been pretty hard. Now they are trying to get back together but some problems always arise. As his mom flies for another counseling trip, Mark gets to stay with John Whittaker, aka Whit, the amazing inventor in Odyssey. Mark soon learns that there is a mystery behind the looked attic doors of Whit’s home. His imagination gone wild from the books he had been reading Mark makes up all kinds of possibilities. But will that imagination ruin his friendship with Mr. Whittaker?
Notes: This is the third book in Adventure in Odyssey series. This book does more in teaching morals than talking about God. It will mostly entertain and teach life lessons, such as setting your minds on good things and not letting your imagination run away.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 2/5
Reviewer: Sofia Marie

Philippians 4:7-9 – Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things.


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