Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer tells Keshub's story. Keshub is a shepherd boy from Gibeon. He comes from a family of potters, but he longs to be a caravanner and see the world around him. He wants nothing more than the adventure of travelling from country to country selling the pottery his family makes. Then his family learns that the Hebrews are moving closer from the caravanners they host. This news is not good news to Keshub's family because they have heard that the Hebrews have been conquering many lands and no one knows how. They see the Hebrews as potential enemies. Keshub's family does not bow down to idols like many of the surrounding people do, instead they believe in the Star Namer, as his Baba (father) says. They also believe that good will triumph over evil. As the Hebrews get closer and closer, Keshub's role in his family becomes more important and he is faced with many situations where he has to choose what the right thing to do is. To find out more, you will have to read the book as I don't want to give away any of the good parts.
The interesting thing Buddy and I have been able to discuss while reading this book is how the different characters in the book view God. There are characters that believe in idols, characters that believe in the Star Namer, and characters that believe in God. The book clearly shows each of these beliefs through the descriptions, actions, and morals of each of these types of characters. There is a clear difference in the lives of those that believe in God and those that believe in the idols. We appreciated the discussions we had talking about how the characters lives would be different if they chose to believe differently. There is a great Biblical foundation to this book that we both really appreciated. I knew it would be safe reading to just let Buddy read at his pace. I didn't have to worry a bit about the content that he would be reading. We also liked the fact that we could put down the book and pick up our Bible and find some of the characters in the Bible and read their true story from the Bible.
Buddy and I definitely recommend this book if you want an exciting adventure book to read. Buddy enjoyed the book and liked that it was packed full of adventure. Even though I haven't quite finished the book yet, I am very eager to do so. I like the Biblically based story line and I like that it pulls you in and makes you want to keep reading. You can find out more about Peggy Consolver-Author on her website or Facebook. You can find out more about Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer by clicking its title. You can also read what my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew think of the book by clicking the banner below.