Saturday, February 16, 2013
“We’re doomed!” Guinevere cried. “We’re dead,” another sobbed. “We’re dinner,” another wept.

Book: Yikes!!! (TJ and the Time Stumblers) by Bill Myers, Tyndale House Publishers, 2012

Genre: Adventure
Target Audience: Girls and Boys 10-14
Subjects: Being a servant, leadership
Summary: It’s just a theme park. A field trip to a theme park. But with the help or Herbie and Tuna, this field trip to a theme park quickly becomes a field trip to a rain forest. Even that wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the family of gorillas that thinks Herby is a baby gorilla, the mama gorilla that is holding the Swiss Army Knife that can send them back to the park, Tuna being turned into an ostrich, swarming ants, barbequed leeches, and the cannibals! Herby and Tuna are supposedly almost ready to leave. That departure can’t come too soon for TJ!
Notes: This is the sixth and final book in the TJ and the Time Stumblers series about TJ, a new seventh grader in town is being visited by two teenage guys from the 23rd century. They claim she is going to be famous someday and are doing a school report on her. They make many attempts to help TJ with the various adventures in her life. In this book their “help” puts TJ’s entire class in the rainforest. TJ finally learns what being a leader is all about as she risks her life to help save her worst enemy and with the help of the time stumblers, sees how being a leader always means being a servant – whether serving by washing dishes or saving a life.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 2/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Matthew 20:25-28 – Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


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