It tells the story of Easter from Amon's perspective. Amon is thirteen years old. He is the son of the son Jotham and Tabitha. He enjoys playing with his friends but is also ready to join his father in the temple court where only men are allowed. He is very eager to be considered a man, but he struggles to divide his time between his friends and his duties to family and faith.
When Jotham is falsely accused of a terrible crime, Amon willingly sacrifices his childhood ways in order to save his father’s life. Along the way, he sees the crowds that gathered on Palm Sunday, outwits the Roman soldiers that planned to kill both his father and Jesus, hears the Messiah address the angry crowds, is present during the daring betrayal of Judas Iscariot, and witnesses the ultimate sacrifice made on Good Friday.
The first part of the book drags a bit but it picks up after that. Amon is initially upset that he will have a female house guest. Some readers may not find him appealing because he seemed to make such a big deal of it. But the story picks up after this.
Another part of this book that I really like is the Bible verses at the end of the chapters. There are explanations that are one or two paragraphs long. These are short, and the verses tell a story.
This would actually be a perfect read-aloud book if you have children. The chapters are not very long, the Bible verses are thought provoking, and there are all kinds of things you could ask questions about.