What happens when modern-day kids who are facing contemporary challenges meet up with someone from Bible times? Find out in The Super Secret Treehouse Bible Club v. 2: Zerubbabel, written by Mireille Mishriky and illustrated by Mina Anton.
Marina, Theodore, Marco, and Anastasia are working together on an invention. They plan to submit it to their town’s science fair competition. The $1000 first prize sounds enticing, and they’d all love to win. They only have three problems: they don’t know what to invent, they can’t agree on a plan for what to do with the prize money if they win, and they only have a week until the science fair project is due!
Even though they are super busy with this project, the children still take the time on Saturday to go and help at their church’s fundraising yard sale. While they’re there, things start to fall into place. And then when Sunday rolls around, after church they meet as they always do, up in the treehouse, to find ways to live their faith together. This week, the meeting begins with additional talk about the science fair dilemma… When Marina suggests that they pray together about it, everyone agrees.
While they pray, they hear a voice directing them to the first book of Ezra. They find that passage in the Bible and read about a man named Zerubbabel, who was part of a competition, too. Only, he made a pretty unusual choice of prizes, when he won.
What prize did he ask for? How did his choice inspire the children when they met him in person? And what did they do about it? Find the answers to these questions and more in this book!
The author and illustrator work well together in this book. The words and illustrations complement each other, strengthening the story. As she has done in previous books, author Mireille Mishriky casts very real children as the main characters in her book. She effectively uses storytelling to encourage each reader to appreciate and grow in their Faith. And she does so in a memorable and enjoyable way. The illustrations created by Mina Anton are detailed and colorful, enhancing the story while engaging even young readers.
You’ll find the book for sale in ebook and paperback form, here: https://www.amazon.com/Super-Secret-Treehouse-Bible-Zerubbabel/dp/1956395083
The DCE would like to thank author Mireille Mishriky for a review copy of the ebook.
Reviewed by Kristina Wenger, educator, podcaster, co-author of Tending the Garden of Our Hearts.