Pitfall!


Hallihan B

CBO Publications

YP 11+ years

4075

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Barbara Hallihan is a contemporary writer who has a special interest in writing historical Christian fiction for children and young people. This is a short story for children of age 8+. It is set in a coal village in the 1880s and follows the experience of a young, fatherless, boy working in a coalmine who is caught up in a pitfall. The story is exciting and fast moving with descriptions and pictures to stir the imagination of young readers either reading for themselves or having the story read to them. The narrative moves along with short chapters and the ending will encourage readers to see beyond the simple storyline to the message of freedom in Christ and liberty from the darkness of this evil world. The book has 24 powerful black and white illustrations and demonstrates a clear gospel message undergirded with traditional Reformed Evangelical doctrine.


£ 2.95


Additional Information

ISBN 101901918149
ISBN 139781901918144
TypeBooklet

Published Review

Pitfall! is a short story for children of age eight and above. It set in a coal village in the 1880s and follows the experience of a young, fatherless, boy working in a coalmine who is caught up in a pitfall. The story is exciting and fast moving with descriptions and pictures to stir the imagination of young readers either reading for themselves or having the story read to them.
In the aftermath of the pitfall two men and three boys come to terms with their humanly hopeless situation. A simple reliance on Bible lessons and hymns learned years before keeps their spirits up as they comfort one another and pray together for rescue and deliverance. In the darkness they begin to consider eternal matters.
The story touches on the feelings of family waiting at the pithead for news of their loved ones and of rescuers frantically working in dangerous conditions to reach the trapped. The narrative moves along with short chapters and the ending will encourage readers to see beyond the simple storyline to the message of freedom in Christ and liberty from the darkness of this evil world.
There are passing lessons about church going on the Lord's day, time wasting, temptation and the benefits of regular family worship. Scriptural quotes are from the AV.
Mrs Hallihan is a Baptist pastor's wife, mother and grandmother. Pitfall! was first published over thirty years ago but the tale, skilfully retold, will speak to a new generation of children today.

Peter Meney
New Focus
Dec/Jan 2006

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