Red Rock Mysteries – Jerry B. Jenkins & Chris Fabry
This is a 15 book series about 13-year-old twins, Bryce and Ashley Timberline. Every book has a different mystery that Bryce and Ashley stumble across, along with the ongoing mystery of what happened to their father. The books are very well thought out and each mystery is fun and thrilling. The twins also have a younger brother named Dylan, who adds a lot of fun as well, and an older step-sister named Leigh, who helps drive Bryce and Ashley around all their mysteries sometimes. The twins must trust God while they use their talents to help others.
E – I think that this series appealed to me because I like mysteries, but most mystery books just aren’t compelling to me. This series was fast-paced, with good characters, and had a Christian base. My favorite character was Ashley, because she was a dancer (even though that was only mentioned a few times) and because, in most of the books, she was a strong encourager to her family and friends and she had a good faith in God.
Jack Blank – Matt Myklusch
Jack Blank is an orphan living in St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost. He is not extraordinary in any way, except for the fact that he has a great future as a toilet brush cleaner. Then one day, the forbidden comic books he reads seem to come to life. First, Jack is attacked by one of the deadly robots from the comics. Then, someone else shows up, turning out to be an emissary from the Imagine Nation. Everything is different in the Imagine Nation, and Jack loves it. But it turns out that Jack has an interesting ability, one that could save the Imagine Nation – or quite possibly destroy it.
E – I liked this book series because it was so far off the beaten track. Most books don’t have the main character constantly under the threat of being executed by the good guys. In addition, the Imagine Nation was so interesting. It was described very well and I didn’t have trouble picturing it. The author also had a very compelling writing style. I really liked this book.
Ok – I’ll be honest here. Not sure why the first book is on here since it doesn’t start with J but I’ll just take a short break here and go ask.
So, the answer is that the author’s name is the J classification for this one. Makes sense.
Anyhow, we’ll be back with more books soon. Probably tomorrow since I am scheduling these out for tonight and the coming days. 🙂
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