Mystery of the Silver Coins by Lois Walfrid Johnson: A Book Review

We’ve switched Bookworm over to Heart of Dakota for part of his curriculum (a post of what he is using will be coming shortly), and he’s been reading a lot of good books.  Of course, I read them, too, so I know what he’s learning and can ask questions.

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One of the books I recently completed (ahead of Bookworm) was Mystery of the Silver Coins by Lois Walfrid Johnson.  This is the second book in a series of books following the same characters.  Even though I hadn’t read the first book, I had no trouble following along with the story.

This story, recommended for kids ages 10 and up, follows the adventure of a 13 year old Irish girl, Bree, who has been kidnapped by a Viking trying to make his mark and a name for himself at the young age of 14, Mikkel.  While the boat is stopped in Norway, Bree and a young companion she meets on the boat who is also a slave, Lil, runaway.

Bree knows that Mikkel will not leave if Bree and Lil aren’t on the boat.  He and his men will search until they find them.  After all, they are very valuable.  And, unbeknownst to Bree, Mikkel’s coins that he stole during the trip to impress his father are missing.  He assumes that Bree stole them, though she did not.  While Mikkel has motive to find the girls, they have motive to escape.  They don’t want to be slaves for life; they want to return to Ireland.

The majority of the book follows the girls’ escape and Mikkel’s frantic pursuit.  An unexpected element of the book for me was the religious aspect.  Bree prays to God, even speaks to God, and though she doesn’t understand why she’s going through such difficulty, she trusts God.  Mikkel is not Christian, but he is interested in her religion.  When praying to his gods doesn’t help him find Bree and Lil, he even prays to Bree’s God for help!

There are a few more books after this one in the series, and Bookworm and I would both like to read them.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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