The Chosen Kids: Encounter at the Dunes


Book: The Chosen Kids: Encounter at the Dunes

Author: R.M. Ruiz 

Cover Illustrator: Kim Spaunagle

Publisher: P3:5 Publishing

ISBN-13: ‎ 979-8985048919 Hardcover

ISBN-10: ‎ 8985048919 Hardcover

ISBN-13: ‎ 979-8985048902 Paperback

ISBN-13: ‎ 8985048902 Paperback

Website(s): (series)

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 ‎ 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)

Category: Fantasy

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Ruiz, R.M.  The Chosen Kids: Encounter at the Dunes (Published in 2022 by P3:5 Publishing).  On the sunny coast of California, 11 (going on 12) year old booklover Caiden, his siblings, 15 year old big brother Caleb and 13 year old sister Ava, and their cousins, 16 year old Ella, 14 year old Raelyn, and 13 year old Victoria, all set off to The Dunes with their favorite Aunt Rosie (or Nina) after months of lockdown.  Caiden decides to leave his book at home for the trip and explore the beach, for once.  However, their fun-filled day is interrupted when a supernatural encounter with an angel sends the group on a secret mission to save the world from terrifying monsters with special objects powered by God that show them just how important each one of them is.

     Caiden wanted a fun adventure, not a dangerous quest, and would like to put it off for ten years—or at least a week.  Can the reluctant boy find his courage and rely on his faith in time? Will the chosen kids listen to the Lord and let Him guide them to victory before the enemy causes an untimely apocalypse? What would you do if you were just an ordinary kid one minute and tasked by God with saving His world the next?  Encounter at the Dunes is an easy-to-read, fun story of faith with relatable characters who must choose obedience over their fear. Readers will see examples of prayer, scripture, family love, and the strength of Jesus with humor throughout to keep it light.  This unique tale has an openly Christian theme but is not “preachy.”  It is Book 1 of “The Chosen Kids” series.  The adventure will continue with Encounter at Paradise coming in the spring of 2023.

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