HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Noah Drake and the Dragon Killer: A Christian Fiction Adventure, Volume 1
Author: Ben Russell
Cover Illustrator: Jonna Blankenship
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016
Related website: http://creationtales.com (author)
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 9-12 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Russell, Ben. Noah Drake and the Dragon Killer: A Christian Fiction Adventure, Volume 1 (published in 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform). Do you think that human beings have ever actually seen dinosaurs? Is it even possible that there are dinosaurs alive today? Noah Drake lives with his dad John, mom Marie, younger brother Nathan, and little sister Norah. Noah is really into learning about dinosaurs. His favorite new video game is “Dinosaur Farm.” The Drakes are headed for a vacation with Dad’s brother, Uncle Jim, on Lake Champlain, where a Loch Ness type of sea monster named Champ reportedly lives. Unfortunately, Edwin Slaughter and his grandson Frankie are also going to Lake Champlain to kill the sea monster and make a lot of money with it. Will Noah get to see a real dinosaur? Or will the Slaughters hunt the dinosaur to extinction?
Noah Drake and the Dragon Killer is a great story for middle grades to young adults. While the plot itself is fictional, the book supports family values, discusses what happened to the dinosaurs, makes a good case for creationism, and even points out the need for forgiveness of sin. There are a few childish slang terms, probably to make it sound realistic to the targeted age group. The Drake children are homeschooled and study young earth creationism, but Dad isn’t fully convinced that the earth is only 6,000 years old rather than millions of years, as he has always been taught. Perhaps he may be persuaded in a future volume. I will agree with the observation that kids, grandkids, and even grandparents will love it. And they are probably looking forward to the sequel.