Title: Danny Orlis and Jim’s Northern AdventureDanny Orlis and Jim's Northern Adventure
Author: Bernard Palmer
Illustrator: 126
Reading Level: 8-10
Star Rating: ★★

Danny of Danny Orlis, Bush Pilot returns!

The Story.

Jim Morgan is eager to finish off the last exams of the year and try to find a summer job. He wants to keep himself busy and hopefully doing good work during his “break”. He had no idea that instead of taking a simple summer job he’d soon be flying out to a remote settlement to help with missionary work amongst the Indians there.

But the locals seem to want nothing to do with Jim and the missionary couple, Ron and Darlene Orlis, he’s moved in with. Or rather, they only seem to have a hostile interest. What can Jim and his friends do to earn the natives’ trust?

Discussion.

This story could have been much more interesting if it wasn’t so bloody pious. Jim and his friends arrive and begin building a house, while trying to make friends with the villagers, who want nothing to do with them. The reason? Once upon a time they were treated very badly by white men, so they have decided that the entire race is evil. None of the Orlis’ do-good or talk-good attitude can change the established opinion. The “villain” is a sad piece of work, too – he’s a huge, tough bully, but every time he comes face to face with Ron in a confrontation, he slinks off. Pathetic.

In the end, Ron, Jim, and a few other Christian guys rescue the villain and his men from a forest fire. On this basis, the community begins to accept them.

One thing that bothered me was the tension created between being Christ-like and clinging to justice – Ron and his wife are cheated by a native, but they decide that it would be un-Christlike to do anything but let themselves be walked over. To defend themselves against evil would be un-Christlike.

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[Parenthetical insert here: this story had practically nothing to do with Danny Orlis – his name was just thrown in to make the book part of a series.]

Conclusion. Pretty cheesy and not really worth reading.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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