HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Return to Gehenna
Author: Bradley J. Knefelkamp
Publisher: Independently published, 2022
Website(s): https://knefelkamp.wixsite.com/author (author)
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 10-14
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Knefelkamp, Bradley J. Return to Gehenna. (Published in 2022 by Riven Publishing). Chanse and his twin sister Chelly, Drake and his sister Breena, and their friend Ricker have escaped from Gehenna, ruled by the cruel dictator Dymorius, where children are made slaves to work as ore diggers in the mines of Tartrus. However, living in luxury with good King Artheos at Hamar, the twins and their friends can’t help but think about those still suffering under oppression in Gehenna. For their own individual reasons, they each decide that they need to go back and help others living under Dymorius, armed with gifts that Artheos bestows upon them for their quest. Can they learn how to work together? Will they be successful in achieving their goal? Or do they get recaptured and taken back to the mines?
Return to Gehenna is the second book in a series chronicling the events in the age between myth and legend. The common euphemism “gee” is used occasionally, and one character smokes a pipe, but there is nothing that is really objectionable. Return to Gehenna is a fast-paced story for middle grade and young teen readers full of adventure as it continues the activities of the five kids who escaped from the mines of Tartrus. Yet it also has an underlying depiction of good versus evil with lessons about the importance of cooperation, humility, friendship, and courage. The conclusion is satisfactory, but the last words in the book are, “To be continued….”