Another strong theme in the book is the importance of being prepared to share the gospel. At one point Rusty has questions about the Bible and Riley feels ill-equipped to answer them. Watching a little girl in the Sunday School class answer Rusty's questions inspires Riley to become better prepared to share the gospel with those around her.
One thing that I didn't love about the book is that Riley keeps some secrets from her parents and asks others (including adults) to keep secrets from her parents. These aren't major secrets, but still kids keeping secrets is something I don't agree with. The fact that she forgot to apply sunscreen and that her new friend is without food are two examples of the secrets Riley keeps from her parents. This isn't enough of an issue to me to not recommend the book -- but it is a topic that could/should be discussed with your pre-teen when she reads the book.
Another concern I have with the book is that God is referred to as "small 'h' he" instead of "big H "He". I prefer when God is referred to with a capital "H" because I think it shows more reverence.
Riley learns in Book 1 that things aren't always as they seem. With the help of her friends and family, Riley uncovers a mystery -- all while experiencing an adventurous climb up Half-Dome in Yosemite.
Although the cover doesn't hint at it -- mystery and adventure go hand in hand in this book. It will be sure to keep the interest of your pre-teen readers and inspire them in their faith at the same time.
~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~