Title: The Ark, The Reed, and the Fire Cloud
Author: Jenny L. Cote
Series: Amazing Tales of Max and Liz
Recommended for: 3rd-7th grade
Call Number/Link:The Ark, The Reed, and the Fire Cloud.
Max the dog and Liz the cat become the brave leaders of a group of animals called to journey to the Ark.
This Christian fiction series for kids takes biblical stories and tells them from the perspective of animals who have *spoiler alert* become immortal through service to God on the ark. This book is the first prequel to the Epic Order of the Seven–there are two prequels and four books in the original series. This book is long and has a great deal of character development, so I would recommend it for kids who are well developed readers. While the story itself would make a great read-aloud, the length makes it unlikely for a family unless they are VERY . The focus is squarely on the animals, so it would be perfect for anyone who likes animal fantasies. The action is gripping–Bethany refuses to read any other books until the next one in the series comes in through ILL. The effusive praise from Bethany is something I haven’t seen since the Rick Riordan series.