Book Review: The Farm Mystery Series Book 5


Weighty Matters, by Mr. and Mrs. Stephen CastleberryWeighty Matters

Review by Matthew Harper

Publish Date: 2001, Castleberry Farms Press

Pages: 176

Genre: Farm Life, Fiction

Time Period: Early 21st Century America

A great read aloud.

Age Range: 7 – 13

Review:

Jason and Andy are back again for another round of mysteries that need solving. There’s a barn that has a thousand nails in it? Who or what made the mess in the kitchen at night? What are leeches and why are they in the fire truck? And will Dad have to say good bye to blueberry pie for the rest of his life? No case is too hard for the Great Detective Agency! Weighty matters require weighty thinking. Jason and Andy do plenty of that in this fun filled book with good lessons throughout. Highly recommended!

In a nutshell:A very good read, good lessons throughout. Great for the whole family!

Book Review: The Future Door


The Future Door, by Jason LethcoeTheFutureDoor

Review by Matthew Harper

Publish Date: 2011, Tommy Nelson

Pages: 209

Genre: Mystery, Fiction

Time Period: 19th century England, Modern England

Not a good read aloud.

Age Range: 12 – 16

Review:

The sequel to No Place Like Holmes, this book is almost as good as the last. Griffin Sharpe and his uncle, Rupert Snodgrass, are the best detective team in England since Sherlock Holmes’ retirement. However, they are unprepared for the disaster that ensues when Rupert’s most valuable invention is stolen by the Moriartys. In a race against time, the past, the present, and future are drawn together in a battle for the world as we know it. A very good read!

In a nutshell: An awesome read, however there is a little graphic content. Parents will want to read through it first, before giving it to their child. Even still, an enjoyable and exciting book! Highly recommended.

Book Review: MINI WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION


Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction, by John AustinMini Weapons of Mass Destruction

Review by Matthew Harper

Publish Date: 2009, Chicago Review Press, Inc.

Pages: 241

Genre: Weaponry, Inventions

Time Period: N/A

Not a good read aloud.

Age Range: 8 – 18

Review:

Have you ever wanted a weapon and not had one? Have you ever wondered about how to make powerful yet small weapons? Do you know what a Bean Shooter is? Why am I even asking these questions? You will find the answer to these and so many more in this really cool and exciting book.

Packed chock full of miniaturized weapons such as the Pencil Slingshot, a Ping Pong Zooka, the Matchbox Bomb, the Claymore Mine, and so much more, this book will please weaponists young and old alike. A great rescourse!

In a nutshell: A highly recommended book! However, there is a little questionable content in the “Targets” section, so parents will want to see it first. Other then that, a great guide to build your own weapons that really work!

(Believe me, they work. I built a BB shooter from the book that could put a hole in a piece of thick cardboard. It was awesome!)

Book Review: The Farm Mystery Series Book 4


Who, Me? by Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. CastleberryWhoMe

Review by Matthew Harper

Publish Date: 2001, Castleberry Farms Press

Pages: 176

Genre: Farm Life, Fiction

Time Period: Early 21st Century America

An amazing read aloud!

Age Range: 7 – 14

Review:

In the next installment of The Farm Mystery Series, Andy and Jason are ready to tackle some more mystifying cases. Who (or what) has taken Dad’s watch and the other things in the barn? Is the fantastic money – investing opportunity really worth it? And who are those new neighbors in the woods? Are they the culprits? Read the book to find out!

In a nutshell: Another clean read, a great book! Well worth your time reading.

The Terrestria Chronicles: Book 5


The Dragon’s Egg, by Ed Dunlopterres6

Review by Matthew Harper

Publish Date: 2006

Pages: 204

Genre: Allegorical, Fiction

Time Period: Allegorical Days of Knights

A really good read aloud.

Age Range: 9 – 15

Review:

From the back of the book: “When Princess Gilda and Prince Selwyn refuse the offer of a gift forbidden by King Emmanuel, Prince Josiah accepts, not realizing that his actions will impact the Castle of Faith. For a time, the young prince is able to conceal his act of treachery, and it seems that all is well. But when a Cararian Greatwing – the fiercest of dragons – begins terrorizing the kingdom, Josiah learns too late that he is powerless to control the beast that he has unleased upon Terrestria.

This fifth adventure in the Terrestria allegory series will challenge the reader to guard his or her heart for the King.”

Another amazing installment into the world of Terrestria, this book is just as good as the previous ones. Highly recommended!

In a nutshell: This book focuses on the principle of keeping your heart and life pure for Jesus Christ. Another great read!

Movie Review: The Lost Medallion


The Lost Medallion, by Director, Producer, and Writer Bill MuirThe Lost Medallion

Review by Matthew Harper

Date made: 2013

Length: 98 minutes

Age Range: 12+

Kids younger then twelve will want to watch it with their parents or let their parents preview it first.

Review:

When Daniel Anderson visits an orphanage to drop off a donation, he is quickly roped into telling a story by the orphaned children. The tale he tells them is the adventure of Billy Stone, an archeologist wanna-be who wants to show his archeologist dad he can find the long lost treasure, the lost medallion. He and his friend, Allie, find the medallion, but right afterwards, they are thrust into the adventure of a lifetime.

Follow them on their journey back in time, where they help island people free themselves from the evil Cobra, who is also after the medallion. It’s a not stop, thrilling, exciting, and overall really cool movie that is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat.

In a nutshell: A really fun and cool movie that has little seeds of truth sprinkled throughout. Parents should be warned: there is a little graphic content in the movie, which they will want to preview first. Overall, a really awesome movie!

 

 

Book Review: The Terrestria Chronicles Book 4


The Crown of Kuros, by Ed Dunlop

Review by Matthew HarperThe Crown of Kuros

Publish Date: 2006

Pages: 188

Genre: Allegorical, Fiction

Time Period: Allegorical days of knights

A very good read aloud!

Age Range: 9 – 15

Review:

From the back of the book: “The Castle of Faith is in an uproar when the priceless Crown of Kuros is stolen in broad daylight from the castle keep. All evidence points to Morphina, a wicked enchantress who can transform herself to appear as any animal or person. Prince Josiah, Prince Selwyn, and the other knights of the castle engage in a quest to find the crown before it falls into the hands Argamor. But Josiah alone anc revover the crown, ant to do so he must engage in an impossible battle.

This fourth adventure, the very heart of the Terrestria allegory series, will cause you to ponder a royal question that only you can answer.”

Another great installment in the world of Terrestria, this book focuses on the concept of strengthening your faith in King Jesus. Just as good as the last three, parents should be warned that there are a couple mentions of magic and enchantresses, and they should be prepared for that. Overall though, this is another great, clean read.

In a nutshell: A great book, helps strengthen your faith and at the same time provides with a good, clean read. Highly recommended.