What if Your Library Held a Secret Portal to Another Time?

The Pick: The Sword and the Flute by Mike Hamel

The Plot: 12 year old Matthew Horn gets sucked through a portal into the past. Once there, he is given a new name, a new purpose, and a sword. Joining forces with Aaron the Baron, the newly minted Matterhorn the Brave sets out to find a magical flute and save the day.

The Pros and Cons: My hubby and I were searching for a new series for our girls, and for something to round out our Christian Book Distributors order, The Sword and the Flute fit the bill on both counts. (Note: We found the book for under $2 on christianbook.com, but when I checked for it tonight, it appears to be out of stock. I’ve linked to it on Amazon instead. The price is quite a bit higher, however. The perfect opportunity for an internet scavenger hunt!)

Written by Mike Hamel, who has worked for Focus on the Family, this book held a ton of potential, and it mostly lived up to that potential. After a slow start, the story held my interest and kept me turning the pages. There were a few places where I felt a little more explanation would have been helpful, and a few other places where there was a strange mash-up of magic, science fiction, and biblical truth, but otherwise I recommend this one to adventure loving kids everywhere.

The Perfect Book For: Kids 10 and up.