HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Mystery of Granddaddy Meek: The Covenant Creek Kids, Book 1
Author: Whitney White
Illustrator: Kimberly Merritt
Publisher: American Family Association, 2018
Related website(s): http://www.afa.net (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 8-12
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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White, Whitney. The Mystery of Granddaddy Meek: The Covenant Creek Kids, Book 1 (published in 2018 by American Family Association, P.O. Drawer 2440, Tupelo, MS 38803). Both the parents and grandparents of Brennan and his year younger sister Addison have to work, so the two kids are having to spend the summer with their great-grandparents, Mama D and Granddaddy Meek, on their farm at Covenant Creek. Neither child is happy about it. First, they think that it will be boring with nothing fun to do. Brennan’s friend Caleb gets to go to all the cool summer camps, including one where he may get batting tips from professional baseball players. Addison’s friends Maggie and Emily get to stay home, and their mom takes them swimming almost every day. There won’t even be any Wi-Fi, and the television gets only three channels.
However, what’s worse is that Granddaddy Meek seems to be a mean, old, grouchy grump. The last time the whole family got together, he told the kids to turn off their video games and even the adults to put away their phones. Everyone had to talk to each other! They are sure that their summer will be ruined. Yet, it doesn’t turn out to be so bad after all. Brennan and Addison enjoy jumping on the hay bales, wading in the creek, and playing in the old barn. Then, while exploring the house, they find their great-grandfather’s “treasure chest.” What are all those old medals in there about? How does Granddaddy Meek react when he sees them with the box? And will they will they learn anything about his past?
The Mystery of Granddaddy Meek is Book 1 of “The Covenant Creek Kids” series from the American Family Association. It is a great story. It not only demonstrates the importance of daily devotions, as Mama D and the children begin the day with a Bible lesson and prayer, but also illustrates the value of inter-generational family relationships, and emphasizes the need for understanding the sacrifices of those who have gone before us. A.F.A. President Tim Wildmon wrote, “The Mystery of Granddaddy Meek, reminds me of my grandparents – and I think it will remind many of yours, too. I will never forget their input into my life. May we never forget the impact of the ‘Greatest Generation!’”