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Thursday, 11 April 2019

Saving the Statue of Liberty - Andrea Jo Rodgers - Saint Michael the Archangel Academy Book 2

Saving the Statue of Liberty
Saint Michael the Archangel Academy Book 2
Andrea Jo Rodgers
Anaiah Press

ISBN 9781947327252
ASIN B07J57D6PB


I loved this follow up book. I really like the concept of Saint Michael the Archangel Academy series. Book 1, Saving Mount Rushmore, was a fun read and book 2 is even better. I read the first book because authors I enjoy were recommending it. I read book 2 because I thoroughly enjoyed book 1. This is a good read. I have really enjoyed both books, and now have them in the ‘to be read’ pile of books to read with my children. I think my youngest two will love these books, and I hope there will be more books in the series. In my review of book 1 I stated that this is: “ a fast-paced adventure. In some ways it reminds me of The Relic of Perilous Falls by Raymond Arroyo Will Wilder Book 1, and also the 39 Clues Series. This story focuses on using the gives we have from god for God.” And that become even more relevant in book 2. 

This book is a mix of adventure, faith, learning, and history. And being completely honest the Saint Michael the Archangel Academy is a place I would love to attend, as a student or faculty. In this adventure the children of team Liberty learn that there is in fact a dark mirror of the Saint Michael Academy. And that the mission they had in book one spoiled a test for Devlin Black and his crew. And this time, the teams are being pitted against each other with both getting the same clues. This time John has found a journal from his great-great-great-Uncle, a George Jenkins. Team Liberty follows the rules. They try to do the right things and do them for the right reasons. Where Team Mischief from Maleficus Academy brake all the rules and only want to cause problems, mayhem and mischief. Thus, living up to their names. 

In this book we learn a lot about Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty. History of immigration in America. And we learn about being part of a team and doing what is right, even if it is hard, and even if it means helping an enemy. The two teams are following the exact same clues. Who will be the first to solve the clues and will Liberty of Mischief be the victors? To find out you will need to read.

This is a great middle grade read, with an excellent lesson. It will provide a history lesson, wrapped in a mystery, that is uncovered by teamwork. You will fall in love with the characters and enjoy the journey. And I for one look forward to further adventures of team liberty.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2019 Catholic Reading Plan!


Boos by Andrea Jo Rodgers:
Non-Fiction:

At Heaven's Edge: True Stories of Faith and Rescue
On Heaven's Doorstep: God's Help in Times of Crisis


Saint Michael the Archangel Academy Series:
Saving Mount Rushmore
Saving the Statue of Liberty



Friday, 8 March 2019

Saving Mount Rushmore - Andrea Jo Rodgers - Saint Michael the Archangel Academy Book 1

Saving Mount Rushmore
Saint Michael the Archangel Academy Book 1
Andrea Jo Rodgers
Anaiah Press
ISBN 9781947327191
eISBN 9781947327092
ASIN B077BF5JK6



I number of authors I read and appreciate have given this book top marks. Therefore, I decided I needed to give it a read. It was a fun read. And I have already slotted it in the list of books to read with my son. It is a fast-paced adventure. In some ways it reminds me of The Relic of Perilous Falls by Raymond Arroyo Will Wilder Book 1, and also the 39 Clues Series. This story focuses on using the gives we have from god for God.

What young child does not crave adventure, meaning, and purpose. And that is what the kids at the Saint Michael the Archangel Academy get. They become members of a team, they train, they solve mysteries, and in this book they are trying to unravel clues so that they can prevent a crime. John is new to the team this summer. His parents have gone overseas, his younger brother is at his grandparents. So, John heads west believing he is spending the summer at his aunt’s ranch. He joins team Liberty and they start a mission right away. They are charged with figuring out what Devlin Black and his crew are up to. Team Liberty must figure out the clues and stop the would-be vandals.

This book jumps right in with the action. And once the plot is rushing forward, we are given hints and clues to piece together the back story. The characters are great. You cannot help but find yourself cheering on team Liberty. The book is a great mix of faith, action, and learning about history. It is hard to believe the main events take place over just 2 days. And the story leaves you wanting the next adventure of the staff and students from Saint Michael the Archangel Academy.

And excellent read for middle grade students, or even young adults. Well enough written that this 50-year-old loved it. A great beginning to what I hope will be a long, long series.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2019 Catholic Reading Plan!


Boos by Andrea Jo Rodgers:
Non-Fiction:

At Heaven's Edge: True Stories of Faith and Rescue
On Heaven's Doorstep: God's Help in Times of Crisis


Saint Michael the Archangel Academy Series:
Saving Mount Rushmore
Saving the Statue of Liberty