Captured By A Spy

Thursday, October 31, 2013
“If I had me way, you’d both be in the river and out of my way. Course, you might still fetch me a pretty penny,” he added, pushing his pistol against Zack’s shoulder. “Move along, now.”

Book: Captured by a Spy (Ben and Zack, Book 1) by L. Travis, Baker House Publishing Group 1995
Genre: Historical Fiction
Target Audience: Boys 10-14
Subjects: Civil War, Friendship, Slavery, Mercy
Summary: They didn’t mean any harm! They just wanted a closer look at the war ship before it sailed out the next morning. So Ben & Zack took the raft out but got caught in a storm and tried to take shelter in an old cabin, not knowing some of the rebels were using it as a base! Now they’re in the hands of the enemy being made to work as slaves. Their only hope for escape lies in the hands of another prisoner, but one who is also their enemy!
Notes: First in the Ben and Zack series, this book focuses on the struggles between the North and the South and how hard it was to live among people who did not share your views. Ben is picked on because his dad preaches love rather than war. And when the boys make their escape they face a difficult choice: turn in the very one who saved their lives or break the law. The biggest spiritual element in this story is where to put your trust. Ben puts his trust in God whereas Zack puts his trust in a good luck charm until he finally prays and tells God that he’ll put his trust in Him if God gets them out of the danger they are in. So there are spiritual elements, but it’s not necessarily dominate in the story.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 4/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Psalm 56:3 – When I am afraid, I will trust in you.


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