HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Danny Orlis and the Point Barrow Mystery
Author: Bernard Palmer
Illustrator: Keith Neely
Publisher: Sword of the Lord, republished in 2014
Related website: http://www.swordbooks.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)
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Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Palmer, Bernard. Danny Orlis and the Point Barrow Mystery (published in 1955 by The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; republished in 2014 by Walden Way Publications, a division of Sword of the Lord Publishers, 224 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro, TN 37129). Danny Orlis, a teenage woodsman, lives with his parents, Carl and Mary Orlis, and his adopted younger twin siblings, Ron and Roxie, at Angle Inlet on the Northwest Angle of the Lake of the Woods in Minnesota. Mr. Orlis is a hunting and fishing guide who runs a camp. One of the guests, Doc Jessamine is checking the moose population for liver fluke. However, Jessamine is behaving rather strangely and finally shows credentials saying that he is an F.B.I. agent on a secret mission. He then asks if Danny and his cousin Mike Ainsworth, who has come up from Toledo to visit the Orlises, can accompany him to Point Barrow in Alaska to help him with his case.
What will Danny and Mike find in Alaska? Exactly who is Dr. Jessamine anyway? What is his mission? And how will Danny and his cousin fit into it? This fast moving tale is well written enough to keep an adolescent relatively entertained. Not every believer will fully agree with the teaching that “anyone who wants to become a Christian has to recognize that you are a sinner and need a Savior. Then you have to confess your sin and put your trust in Jesus to save you.” However, the book is generally wholesome, is full of adventure, and is certainly exciting. Also, it exhibits trust in God, the power of prayer, concern for others both physically and spiritually, and a good sense of the difference between right and wrong.