One trend in publishing that I applaud is the move toward well designed and illustrated children’s fantasy. From the Spiderwick Chronicles to The Edge Chronicles I find these little jewels to be full of fun and imagination. Perhaps it is my inner child or maybe I am just getting prepared for when my daughter is old enough to read. Either way I have a hard time not buying up the newest series whenever I see them at the bookstore.

Given this background, I was excited and intrigued by a new series in this mode but with a Christian theme and outlook. Landon Snow And the Auctor’s Riddle by R. K. Mortenson is the first in a series of books aimed at 8-12 year olds. The series is published by Barbour, a Christian publishing house best known for Oswald Chambers’s My Utmost for His Highest . The author, R.K. Mortenson, is an ordained minister with the Lutheran Brethren who is currently serving as a Navy Champlain in Florida.

As the title indicates, the central character is Landon Snow, an almost 11 year old boy from Minnesota. The story opens as Landon is traveling from his home in Minneapolis to visit his grandparents in Button Up, Minnesota for his birthday. He is excited about the trip because Button Up is not only home to his storytelling grandfather and his lemon bar making grandmother, but it is also to a large and magnificent library. Landon, like most 11 year olds, is very inquisitive; he likes to “have reasons for everything.” (In contrast his sister is a young number cruncher, constantly counting things.) What’s not to like about a kid who loves books?

Landon Snow and the Auctor s Riddle by R. K. Mortenson.

Landon Snow and the Auctor s Riddle by R.K. Mortenson

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