Historical fiction is loved around here and recently my boys finished reading a Biblical fiction for kids book called Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich from Barbour Publishing. This 110-page paperback book can make a great read aloud or a fantastic way for kids to spend an afternoon curled up engrossed in a story.
This is the story of a little 10-year-old boy named Corey who finds himself living in the challenges of today’s world. His family is making a life-changing cross-country move. After a fall in the woods, he wakes up to discover he isn’t in his hometown in Texas anymore. He finds himself face to face with Noah and his family! Yes, THAT Noah, the one we all learn about in the Bible. Corey is also confronted with a pretty wicked world and the adventure of a lifetime. His journey affords him some valuable life lessons that helps the boy learn to appreciate his modern day life more. No matter what we face in our lives, God is always bigger and it is up to us to put our hope in Him.
This book does have some moderately intense moments but they weren’t things that even my seven-year-old daughter couldn’t handle. I’d say the intended age range is for the 8-12 year old set though it’d be appropriate for younger kids as a read aloud. My 9-year-old is a speed reader and finished it off in about an hour. My 11 year old also finished in one sitting of perhaps an hour and a half or so. This one is a page-turner. Once you start you won’t want to put it down. The writing fills your imagination with vivid imagery.
One thing that was fun for us to discuss after everyone had had a turn with the book, was how the book aligned with the Bible. We got to talk about historical fiction and how the author sometimes takes liberty with filling in things we don’t know with imagined story or information and when or how that may be appropriate or not. How to look for inconsistencies or inaccuracies. None of which we found in this story.
This book could be a fantastic read for an older child who is struggling a bit with reading. It’s not a kiddy book but the reading could be easy enough for them. Not to mention totally engrossing.
This book is the first of a series. There is another one coming called Imagine… The Ten Plagues. We’ll be looking forward to that one for sure.
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