I'm always on the lookout for historical fiction and fantasy books for my children which are not filled with magic, evolution, or humanism.
The Peleg Chronicles: Foundlings, by Matthew Christian Harding, was provided to my family recently for the purpose of reading and writing a review as a member of the TOS Crew.
Directly on the back cover of Foundlings are three statements that I noticed right away:
Foundlings is a fictional story that takes place around the time of Peleg, an Old Testament Bible character. Foundlings is written in more of a "Lord of the Rings" style, if your children are interested in those kinds of stories. You can take a look at this chart and see where Peleg comes into the timeline:
The characters whom Mr. Harding has designed for Foundlings remind me of a group of mismatched people, except that this particular crew is full of noble, brave, and honorable characters.
McDougal is one of the main characters. Noble but clumsy, he does as much as he can to fight for what is good and true.
Fergus is a soldier-protector of McDougal. He faithfully follows wherever McDougal needs him.
There are many other minor characters throughout the story. They are all colorful and contribute well to the theme of this book.
I liked reading Foundlings. It was really nice to know that the author understands the importance of our children taking for granted that a "young earth" philosophy is not only food for thought, but true and accurate. The story was lively, adventurous, and funny. There was no extreme gore or anything that I would caution parents about.
My oldest daughter started reading Foundlings right away after it arrived, but for some reason, after a few pages, she lost interest in the book. (I suspect that this was due to checking out from the library 3-4 books of a series that she was enjoying reading and didn't want to interrupt "her" series.)
Over the next two weeks, I read and finished reading Foundlings, so I reminded her that it was her turn to finish reading it. She resisted, but obeyed, and after 20 more minutes of reading, she said to me, "Mom, I don't know why I didn't want to read this a couple of weeks ago. It's a fun and interesting book!"
I wouldn't say that this book was the most captivating book I've ever read, but its audience is between ages 10-13. The only thing that I found distracting in this book was that it had a need for some significant editing of punctuation and grammar. However, I don't think that most children would notice this.
Now, it will be Brittany's turn to read the book. I suspect that we are going to need to order Paladins sometime very soon!
These stories are designed for children who are age 10 and up.
Disclosure: I received a copy of Foundlings at no charge in exchange for an unbiased opinion and review here for you, my readers. No other compensation was provided.
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