Trapped at the Bottom of the Sea — "Cooper Kids Adventures" Series
This fourth Christian suspense book in the " Cooper Kids Adventures" series by Frank E. Peretti is published by Good News Publishers, Crossway Books.
Trapped at the Bottom of the Sea is written for kids ages 8 to 12. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
Crude or Profane Language
Drug and Alcohol Content
Other Negative Elements
While in Japan on a teaching assignment, Dr. Cooper and his daughter, Lila, have a huge disagreement about her mother. Dr. Cooper puts her on a military plane to return to the States and stay with his sister. When the plane does not land, and seems to have disappeared, Dr. Cooper and his son, Jay, set out to find her. They discover that the plane was carrying a laser with the capacity to shoot down enemy satellites and missiles from hundreds of miles away. The American Navy and a Russian agent, who employed the help of Philippine rebels, race to find the device. With the help of a trading store proprietor, a missionary, a reporter and Sutolo natives, the Coopers find the weapons pod, where they hope Lila is safe. While awaiting rescue from the bottom of the ocean in the pod, Lila realizes she should consider the needs of others first, and she forgives her dad. Dr. Cooper learns to stop hiding the hurt he feels from the loss of his wife and rescues Lila.
The Coopers demonstrate their strong Christian beliefs. Even though Dr. Cooper and Lila have a falling out, they still look to God for guidance in their situations. While trapped in the pod, Lila spends her time talking and arguing with God. She knows that she can go to God even when she is angry and tell Him anything because He will still love her. Eventually, God leads her to a place of repentance and forgiveness.
Mrs. Flaherty, a woman helping Dr. Cooper find his daughter, also reveals her strong Christian beliefs by telling Dr. Cooper that he needs to change his attitude about his wife's death. God uses Mrs. Flaherty to show Dr. Cooper how much he is hurting his children by not grieving. Dr. Cooper and Mrs. Flaherty also acknowledge many times that God is in control of the situation. Regardless of what happens, God's plan will be carried out, and they trust in Him. Lila also comes to this same conclusion while trapped in the pod.
Other Belief Systems
Cannibalism is mentioned.
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Readability Age Range
8 to 12
Good News Publishers, Crossway Books