How to Kill a Giant

He lost his courage. Will meeting a real superhero help him find it?

In How to Kill a Giant, Hugo’s summer takes an unexpected turn when he is transported back to ancient Israel with his new friends, Julia and Stefan. After meeting the young shepherd David, the trio finds itself caught up in a world of danger and adventure. As Hugo faces his deepest fear—that he’s a coward—he must learn the secret of David’s bravery if he hopes to survive this deadly journey. Will he find his courage in time to face his biggest test? Find out in this thrilling tale of bravery, friendship, and faith.

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About the Book

An awful summer … Thirteen-year-old Hugo is miserable. His move to a small Pennsylvania town has brought him nothing but trouble. Ignored by his new classmates and a favorite target for the school bullies, Hugo lets fear rule his life. It’s going to be a long summer.

An unexpected twist … Hugo meets siblings Julia and Stefan, who are just as unhappy as he is. After finding a mysterious old Bible, all three are magically transported to ancient Israel, where they meet the young shepherd David, who suspects they’re spies. The trio is caught up in a scary world where danger lurks on every side.

A terrifying adventure … As Hugo and his friends navigate the perils of this strange and frightening land, Hugo must face his greatest fear—that he’s a coward. His only hope of survival is to learn the secret of David’s bravery, but will he do so in time to face his biggest test? Find out in this thrilling tale of courage, friendship, and faith.

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Series: How to Be a Hero, Book 1
Genres: Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Action Adventure
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing Inc
Publication Year: 2023
ASIN: 1649499167
ISBN: 9781649499165
List Price: 12.99
eBook Price: 5.99
Endorsements
How to Kill a Giant will captivate middle-grade readers from the moment three discontented young adolescents begin searching a creepy old house for a missing pet cat until the inspiring conclusion of this wonderfully imaginative story. Hugo and two friends, siblings Julia and Stefan, discover a strange, ancient Bible. Then the three are miraculously transported to ancient Israel, where they meet the biblical hero David when he was a young shepherd. This tale gives new meaning to the Scripture that says the word of God is living and active. Carol Schlorff skillfully weaves a fast-moving story that teaches lessons of friendship, forgiveness, courage, and faith in God.
– Chuck Richardson, author of True Status
The author has crafted an adventure story packed with biblical truth relevant for today’s kids. It teaches an age-old principle with the potential to change readers’ lives: “Be of good courage” when facing giants of any description because God’s presence gives strength and victory.
– Grace Fox, award-winning author of 13 books including Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation
In How to Kill a Giant, Carol Schlorff brings a lively and creative perspective to an ancient story, reminding us that God is strong enough to fulfill His plans in our lives. As Hugo, Julia, and Stefan find out, in the middle of impossible circumstances, God is able to help us battle giants. Though each of our giants may look different, we can rely on God’s strength as we trust Him to prepare us and lead us in the way we should go.
– Cynthia d’Entremont, award-winning author of Simon Stayed, Oak Island Revenge, and Unlocked
How to Kill a Giant is an incredible middle grade novel that brings the Bible to life. Full of rich dialogue and vivid scenes, the characters learn about the life of David and the God he serves. If you ever wanted to get to know the lowly shepherd boy from Bethlehem, now is your chance. What a beautiful picture of the compassion and strength of God working in the hearts of young people. How to Kill a Giant is an adventurous book for young readers who love an action-packed story and practical ways to live out their faith in the real world.
– Kim Patton, author of Nothing Wasted
A few months earlier, thirteen-year-old Hugo moved with his father and mother and dog Gibson from a thousand miles away to a small town in Pennsylvania where on his first day of school the bullies marked him for an easy target, so he lets fear rule his life. But when summer comes, he meets sister and brother Julia, fourteen, and Stefan, twelve, who are just as unhappy as he is because their parents, who fight a lot, brought them to stay with their grandparents. After finding a mysterious old Bible in a secret room of the grandparents’ house, all three are magically transported to ancient Israel, where they meet the young shepherd David, who suspects they’re spies, and the threesome is caught up in a scary world where danger lurks on every side. Do the children make it safely back home? Since Hugo has lost his courage. will meeting a real superhero help him find it? And as his only hope of survival is to learn the secret of David’s bravery, can he do so in time to face his biggest test? In this terrifying middle-grade adventure story packed with Biblical truth relevant for today’s kids, Hugo and his friends navigate the perils of this strange and frightening land and learn important lessons of friendship, forgiveness, courage, and faith in God. It teaches the age-old principle “Be of good courage” that has the potential to change readers’ lives when facing giants of any description, knowing that God’s presence gives strength and victory. Author Carol Schlorff has a way of making the characters and the historical context all come together as real. Best of all, this book gives true life examples of how to conquer fear. Kids should easily relate to the characters and be able to apply the lessons learned. The next title in the series is How to Make a Miracle.
– Homeschool Book Review Blog
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