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From the Children: Christian stories,Age 4-11 section

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Dixons and the Wolf

Topz Secret Stories

by Alexa Tewkesbury

Jacket

Paperback
Price: £6.50
Publisher:CWR (Crusade for World Revival)
Published:05 May 2012
ISBN:978-1-853-45691-6
Review:
Another great book from the Topz stories range; though this time they are secret stories from the rival gang, The Dixons. I think one of the things I love most about this series is that in many ways they don't pull their punches – oh don't get me wrong – that’s not to say they are too gritty or inappropriate for the age range of 7-11 but rather that they are totally appropriate for that age range. They deal with issues and concerns in a meaningful and heartfelt way, they are books most kids are going to be able to empathise with.
This one addresses the issue of a split family home, of feeling abandoned and all the emotions that brings up. It deals with projection of those feelings on others and it deals with the need to love and be loved, and it also deals with taking care of animals.
The interactions between the rival groups, the inclusion of how prayer and talking to God can and should be natural and everyday, just flow so well throughout this book. The story of Rick, Sarah, and the dogs Gruff and Jack/Wolf works so very well and is a great book to help develop an understanding of why perhaps some people act the way they do.

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