IT BEGAN WITH A PARACHUTE
William R. Rang
Volume 21 Number 4
Bert, a twelve-year-old Christian boy, unwittingly becomes involved in the Dutch Resistance movement of World War II when he rescues an American navigator.
Bert spots Casey, who has bailed out of his disabled plane, hides him under a dock, and takes him home to sleep in the barn. The boy discovers that his parents have been harbouring an English pilot in their bedroom. Danger escalates when Bert passes on coded messages and pushes a traitor into a canal. Bert learns that appearances can be deceiving when both the traitor's son and a German soldier know of his family's activities but do not inform the authorities.
Rang, a retired principal, has written other books and short stories with a Christian theme. The characters in Parachute are not fully rounded, the dialogue is basic, and the narrative contains too many questions in an attempt to build suspense. Nevertheless, the fast pace moves the reader quickly along to the somewhat abrupt conclusion. Small black-and-white sketches, although not skilfully done, add appeal, but students may be put off by the large size (5" x 8") and the cover illustration, which makes the print difficult to read.
Inheritance Publications, which specializes in Biblical Reformed literature, has produced a novel which, although flawed, does have some cross-over appeal to the general public. Recommended as an optional purchase of interest mainly to Christian schools and churches.
Carol Carver is a Primary teacher at Dieppe School in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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