Seekers of the Lost Boy

Seekers of the Lost Boy

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The homeschooling family in Seekers of the Lost Boy enjoy experiencing adventures together while reading aloud.  Little do they realize, however, that one day they will have a real live adventure of their own.   When studious and serious Simon (12) discovers a bottle on the water’s edge, he imagines pirates and all kinds of ancient folklore. But when he discovers a message inside the bottle, he and his twin siblings, Kim and Nic, are thrust into an adventure unlike anything they’ve ever experienced.  The biggest quest?  Finding the person who wrote the message and uncovering the answer to his question.  Fast-paced, exciting and yet poignant, Seekers of the Lost Boy explores the darkness of forced removals (from District Six during the apartheid years of South Africa), the healing of forgiveness and the power of discovering truth.

The unit study accompanies the novel and explores many of the themes raised in the story.  If you are a teacher, parent or independent student keen to use Seekers of the Lost Boy as a springboard into all sorts of educational discoveries, then this unit study may just be what you need.  While the study is aimed at students between the age range of 9 – 15 years old, the study also includes activities that will stretch the older student.  As an added bonus, homeschooling families get a full section dedicated to younger members of the family, with activities and four coloring-in pages aimed especially at preschoolers and kids in grades 1 – 3.

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What a great book! We found ourselves reading "just one more chapter" after our nightly chapter reading before bed. The characters were easy to relate to, the moral lessons were quickly recognized, and the history is great! We especially loved the "What's real and what's not" part at the end. Thank you, Taryn! We can't wait to see if you write another book!

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3
Pros
Entertaining, Encouraging, Educational
Cons
none
Do you recommend?
Yes!
AH
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I really enjoyed Seekers of the Lost Boy, so much that I have already read the book twice!
The story was very well written. I particularly enjoyed learning more about the history of the apartheid era and that the family was lead back to God through the adventure. Having visited Cape Town several times after reading the book I enjoyed recognising a few of the landmarks mentioned. As a homeschooler, it was refreshing to see how other homeschoolers live. I could relate to them.
This is a great novel and I look forward to a sequel.

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  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
Pros
An encouraging story of faith and Gods unconditional love
Cons
none
Do you recommend?
Of course!
JV
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I have read this great book twice! The first time I read it rather quickly because I was anxious to see what happened next. The second time because I was asked to review it for our church newsletter so I wanted to make sure that I hadn't missed anything. It's really a brilliant read for both young and old (I am 66).
It was both nostalgic (remembering Cape Town in the apartheid era) and encouraging ( Cape Town today)
I also appreciated the "gospel" thread running through the entire book.
Can't wait for another "seekers" book by Taryn

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  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
Pros
historical content
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none
Do you recommend?
certainly
SB
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I can see this book becoming a classic in South African homeschooling families, and even overseas where families want to get to know South Africa a little better! Seekers of the Lost Boy gives a view of modern life in the Cape Town area, and gently exposes children to South Africa's history as the book's characters discover it for themselves. Beautiful, truthful, reconcilatory and full of hope. The book's characters are well developed and leave the readers wanting to follow their lives more! The unit study gives homeschoolers a chance to dive deeper into the themes that the novel brings up - including oceans, geography, history, social studies. Well worth getting both!

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  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
Pros
This was a brilliant way for us to talk as a family about South Africa's history. It is a well written book that my hubby and I both enjoyed reading before we gave it to our kids, who have reread it a few times!
Cons
Needs a sequel!
Do you recommend?
I have bought a few copies as gifts - brilliant for our many expat friends!
TL
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I bought two books as well as the unit study for my two girls. I read it first on e book while we were waiting for our parcel. I loved it and couldn't wait for my girls to read it. When they got their own books, they couldn't put it down. They read it through within days. The younger of the two is not a natural reader. She loved reading "seekers". The content of the book is well thought through and discusses a whole lot of relevant topics such as forgiveness, humility, love and then also covers subjects such as geography, history, biology in the South African environment. The book also gives a good insight into a homeschooling environment and definitely shows the reader the amazing opportunities and different ways to approach the wonderful world of homeschooling your child. "Seekers of the lost boy" is truly a heartwarming story which will definitely have you thinking about very important life questions. A must read for all ages.

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10
Do you recommend?
Highly
AN
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Fabulous read. Kids enjoyed every moment and read it three times by themselves.

Grade levels used
  • K
  • 4
  • 5
Pros
great read aloud storiy, history, interesting, memorable and thoughtfull, kids wanted to hear more...
Cons
kids wanted to hear what comes next ...
Do you recommend?
def. yes
MS
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Reading this aloud to children who range in grade age from 4th to 10th grade was a wonderful experience! We loved learning about some of the people of South Africa through a story that kept us on the edge of our seats.

Grade levels used
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
Pros
historical, interesting, fun, compelling story
Cons
still waiting for sequel
Do you recommend?
Yes, highly recommended!
P
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