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A Lion to Guard Us

by Clyde Robert Bulla
115 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Nienna

Good read that is a little sad.

Plot

When her mother dies and they are thrown into the streets, eleven-year-old Amanda knows she must bring her younger siblings Jemmy and Meg to the New World where their father is waiting. Through many dangers and adventures the children toil with only their father's brass lion door-knocker to guard them.

Morality

Good. Amanda strives to do what is right in every situation and always puts her siblings welfare before her own. Other characters do not act so righteously, but their deeds are shown as wrong.

Spiritual Content

God and Heaven are mentioned briefly.

Violence

A couple of important characters die, which is merely stated. The children are treated poorly by their mistress. They have to run away from someone.

Drug and Alcohol Content

An old woman who speaks to them might be drunk.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

A man calls Amanda a little pig.

Conclusion

Not only a sweet story of family loyalty and courage through trials, A Lion to Guard Us also gives a glimpse into 18th century London and the history of Jamestown. A good family read-aloud book.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 5-7

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