Night Flight by Diane and David Munson, published by Micah House Media (2012), will keep the adrenaline pumping! This exciting read focuses on the teenage daughter and son of CIA agent Bo Rider and his wife, Julia. Glenna Rider, age fifteen, and her brother Gregg, age thirteen, have lived a life of travel and adventure. When Night Flight begins, the family which includes twin babies, has recently moved from Israel, where their father was on assignment. They now live in Virginia in a farmhouse owned by the parents of their fourteen year-old friend, Mason. The Riders also have adopted a dog named Blaze.

When Dad needs something at his storage locker, he takes his two oldest kids and the dog along for the ride. While there, Blaze escapes from the car and takes off without his leash. He growls at some strange men. They become angry and throw a bucket at him. When Dad hears about the incident, he is concerned about whether the dog is safe for his children to be around. He decides to contact the dog’s former owner. The owner says the dog used to work for Immigration Customs Enforcement smelling currency. The children are thrilled when they learn it is fine to keep their dog.

Dad has to be gone during Christmas and the rest of the family, because of threats, goes into hiding at the grandparents’ house in Florida. While there, the family receives a phone call from Mason’s mother informing them Mason has leukemia and will need a bone marrow transplant. Mason’s parents are fearful they will not come up with the money for the treatment.

The kids take Blaze to  the airport to sniff out currency that may be traveling illegally to other countries. Glenna and Gregg plan to send any reward money they receive for Blaze’s work to Mason for his treatment. The church they are involved in also plans various fundraisers. Of course, the kids know the most important thing they can do is pray.

In another plot line the children become involved with a homeless ten-year-old girl named Krystal. Her mother works for an angry man named Cain who is operating a casino boat. The children become involved when Blaze sniffs some suitcases being loaded onto the boat. Krystal has been told to stay away from the boat. She is discovered by Glenna and Gregg who inform their grandparents. At one time, when her mother felt she could not care for her, Krystal had been with a foster family in another town but she was brought back to the area by her mother who abandons her once again.  Grandpa and Grandy decide to take Krystal into their home for the time being.

Near the end of the story, all the loose ends are wrapped up. Cain is reported to the authorities, who discover millions of dollars in his suitcases. Money is earned for Mason’s treatment and he recovers. Krystal is reunited with her original family and the Riders happily return home to Virginia.

This book is exciting and fast paced. The Munsons draw material for their books from their real-life experiences in the U.S. justice system. There is a thread of compassion for others running through Night Flight. I love that the children brought their prayer needs before the Lord and rejoiced in his answers. This is a great book for junior and senior high school readers.

Patsy Ledbetter says she has many titles, but her favorite is being mom to her five children. Her two daughters, two sons and one son-in-law are her joy. A teacher with forty years experience, Patsy has taught children of all ages and also special needs children and adults. She writes occasionally for a local newspaper and performs in church theater productions on a regular basis. Her husband is the church choir and orchestra director. They have been married for 32 years. She says, “It is my desire to bring honor and glory to my Lord Jesus in every area where He has allowed me to minister

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