HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Danny Orlis and the Hunters
Author: Bernard Palmer
Illustrator: David Miles
Publisher: Sword of the Lord Publishers, 2007
Related website: http://www.swordofthelord.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(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 9-16
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Palmer, Bernard. Danny Orlis and the Hunters (published in 1955 by Moody Press, a division of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; republished in 2007 by Sword of the Lord Publishers, P. O. Box 1099, Murfreesboro, TN 37133). Danny Orlis lives at Angle Inlet, MN, on the Lake of the Woods with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Orlis. Danny and his friend Jim Smith, an orphan who is living nearby with his Grandpa and Grandma Bates, are helping Mr. Orlis guide a party of hunters from Minneapolis. One of the hunters, Eric Densmor, is acting strangely, won’t follow instructions, and gets lost. While searching for him, Danny and Jim find evidence of illegal “market hunting” where fellows hunt wild game out of season and sell it to expensive restaurants. With the help of an Indian boy, Joe Ladeena whose father is accused of helping the market hunters, they determine to find out who has been threatening the game population but find themselves trapped by the criminals.
It is the middle of winter, and a huge blizzard seems to be brewing. Will they find Eric? How does he fit into the situation? And what will the criminals do with the boys? There is not much to dislike about the Danny Orlis stories. A few people might think that the religious element is a bit overdone, but it is always nice for kids to read an exciting mystery adventure in which people conduct their lives according to a strong faith in God, ask the Lord’s guidance in prayer, and share the gospel message with others. The only objection that some of us would have is the “confess our sins and take Jesus as our Saviour” by praying plan of salvation presented. Otherwise, I highly recommend this book.