- Reading level: Ages 9 and up
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400318432
- ISBN-13: 978-1400318438
Review copy provided by Booksneeze
About the book:
Seventh-grader Jonah Stone discovers that he is one-quarter angel--his mother is the daughter of a human and a fallen angel--and after she is kidnapped, Jonah and his sister, Eliza, must try to rescue her, with the help of prayers and a guardian angel.
My take on this book:
Jonah Stone's life really hadn't been going as planned. It's a bit embarrassing to be going to the same school as his eleven year old sister Eliza and his seven year old brother Jeremiah. His hopes are to make the middle school basketball team, but when he finds himself so frustrated that he kicks a soccer ball, something weird happens the ball goes sailing over the treetops. When he goes home and tells his parents they let him in on a little secret, he and his siblings are 1/4th angels with special powers. Turns out his mother is a Nephilim, which is a half human/half angel. When his mother is kidnapped along with some of the other Nephilim, it is up to Jonah and his sister Eliza to try and save her.
I have been fascinated with the Nephilim since reading about them in the book of Genesis, so I was anxious to read this fictionalized story that revolves around them. The author really brings the characters to life in this story, and the plot moved along at a very brisk pace. I really liked Jonah's character,and I found him someone that was very easy to relate to. He was just your average boy dealing with average problems, he often got teased at school, and didn't feel like he really fit in or had any real talent, especially after not being chosen for basketball. When he learns the secret though he realizes just how special he really is.
While this book is classified as juvenile fiction, I can easily see this book appealing to many ages, with believable characters, that are so easy to relate to, and a fast moving, action packed plot that also provides several positive christian messages without seeming preachy. If your having problems getting your youngster to read, perhaps this book just might spark their interest.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.