Monday, April 18, 2016

Reading Challenge 2016: Spy for the Night Riders

Week 16: A book by or about Martin Luther

Trail Blazers series
by Dave and Neta Jackson

Good Historical Fiction for Young Readers

This is an easy, engaging series for young readers wanting to learn more about the "trailblazers" of the Christian faith. This book focuses on Dr. Martin Luther. 

The story focuses on Luther just before and immediately after the Diet of Worms. The perspective is obviously in favor of Luther with a heavy anti-Catholic flavor. I believe the book could've been written to appeal to both sides so believe it's unfortunate the work didn't do that. 

Still, it's fast paced and easy to understand. The book is appropriately aimed at young readers. Some background knowledge of the Reformation would prove helpful, but isn't necessary. There is a brief summary of Luther's life (though incomplete! It doesn't even mention his wife!) after the story finishes. I think a more complete note for children's sake of what elements of the story are historical and fiction would be appropriate, but I suppose that would take up too much space.

All in all, though, a recommended book for elementary aged children.

4 stars

This review appears as part of the Reading Challenge 2016. To see all book in the challenge, click here.

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