The Threat

Friday, November 7, 2014
“They said we were lucky to survive last time. We won’t be that lucky again”

Book: The Threat (Christian Heritage Series: The Charleston Years #3) by Nancy Rue, Focus on the Family Publishers, 1998

Genre: Historical Fiction
Target Audience: Boys 10-14
Subjects: Slavery, Friendship, Truth and lies, Trust, Forgiveness
Summary: Growing rice in the summer is a stinky job. And it attracts mosquitoes like crazy. So, logically, the Ravenals leave the plantation for the summer and spend the season in Charleston. Austin is quite excited – surely there are lots of great adventures and picture perfect moments awaiting him there! From the very beginning though, things don’t go as well as he’d hoped. His uncle has made enemies of his neighbors by having a different idea of how to fight to keep slavery than they do. These “firebreathers” have decided that anyone who does not completely share their exact views is an enemy and should be attacked. The plans Austin overhears and accidentally observes are life threatening!
Notes: This is the third set of books in the Christian Heritage Series. Each set focuses on a particular time period and tells the story of a young boy growing up in that time. This set is about a young boy who has been raised as an abolitionist but is living with his uncle’s family on a plantation in the south where they don’t believe slavery is wrong. In this book, Austin learns about values. He has to decide what to value. He thinks it is a special pin his father sent him, but realizes it’s not an object at all, but the people he loves. He makes some serious mistakes in his attempt to get that which he thinks is valuable and causes great hurt in the process.
Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Matthew 6:21 – For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


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