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The Secret of the Desert Stone

(The Cooper Kids Adventures #5)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,904 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Biblical archeologist Dr. Jacob Cooper arrives in Togwana with his children Jay and Lila and one goal-to discover the secret behind the two-mile-high Stone that has mysteriously appeared overnight. Who could have excavated, carved, and transported the colossal Stone? The Coopers' uneasiness soon turns into dread as they are watched and threatened by the country's new gover ...more
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Angela Watts
I love the Cooper Kids series so much.
Joshua Castillo
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it is related to the bible kind of. God is trying to tell this native group who He is by protecting them with a stone that is in the middle of the pathway of a rebel army that is on the way to destroy them by teaching them about Jesus Christ. The chief wonders who is the one true God. Dr Cooper comes to investigate. A few soldiers have managed to get up and over the wall (including the commander) and captures Dr Cooper and his children. The stone gets larger and larger over a period of t ...more
Kristi Drillien
Dr. Cooper is summoned to a country in Africa to investigate a giant stone that appeared overnight, separating the country's new dictator and his army from other parts of the population. The stone is miles high and wide, so the big question is, who put it there? When Dr. Cooper and his teenage kids, Jay and Lila, end up stranded on the other side of the stone, will the locals be welcoming or try to harm them? Will they discover the secret of the stone before the dictator loses his patience with ...more
Stephen Ryan
After a few years away, Peretti comes back to the Cooper Family Adventure series with a really interesting and atypical book in the series. This one finds the Coopers journeying to Africa after a mysterious stone several miles wide and almost two miles high literally appears overnight in a desolate area of wilderness. This is the most mystery oriented of the series and also the least intense in terms of violence or suspense or scares. The resolution to the mystery of where the massive stone came ...more
Mathew Neahring
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just discovered these 4 additional cooper kids books (I read the original 4 as a kid many times. Tombs of Anak was my favorite) I enjoyed this book, while they are a simple story line for kids, there is a lot of mystery and intrigue and a good focus on God's word in them. My son is going to really enjoy these I think. ...more
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not just for kids!!!

This book, as well as the other Cooper kids books are perfect for young and old alike. People everywhere know about God and His Son Jesus, they just need to believe and let Him in and change their life. This book like all of Frank Peretti's books, takes you on an awesome adventure you don't want to put it down until until the very last word!!!
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Dr. Jacob Cooper and his children Lila and Jay are summoned to Togwanno to study a huge stone that appeared in the desert overnight. They fly a plane to the top, but crash on the other side. They discover a village on the other side and visit fro a while. They discover some weird things there.
This book is great! I really liked it.
I think I have read this before but I honestly didn't remember anything. It was an enjoyable book. I recommend the entire series to anyone. Especially if you have a tween or young teen in the house. ...more
Charis Jackson
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one didn't hold my attention as much for some reason. And I felt like it missed something. There was an integral character added to the last book and she's no where to be found in this one. ...more
John P. Harrigan
Great book

Great Christian Book
I personally loved this book, I have read the 1st and 2nd boss in this series and they are amazing
Thank you Frank Peretti
Charles Norton
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great kids book explains the Gospel.....
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
4/2018 Listened to the audio version with my boys. These Cooper Kids Adventures expose you to different cultures & religions.

2018 - A Book by a Male Author
Georgie Bird
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Must have read the second set of four volumes (8 short novels in all) in the late 90s on my own since our daughters were getting into Harry Potter by then. I remember them, though, as fun children's adventures taking intriguing (and sometimes obscure) biblical stories and archaeological finds and weaving them into a solid Christian fantasy. I'm pretty sure they'd make for good, clean reading for children and middle graders today as well. ...more
April Nichole
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, this big stone shows up overnight dividing the land. On one side the people are afraid of it. They don’t know what to make of it. Later we find that those on the other side see it as an answer to there prayers.

Dr. Cooper and his kids are brought in along with a Dr. Henderson to remove it. The leader doesn’t really want it explained he doesn’t really care how it got there he just wants it gone. I think at times I have been like Lila was when she saw the big stone. When she saw it she knew the
good book, and pretty interesting. Not the typical teen book!
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I read the series at age 11, this was my favorite but when I reread the book a couple years ago at age 17, I was disappointed. Something was missing. The story just fell flat. There were parts that I really liked but it was impossible for me to get past the charismatic agenda that colored the entire book. If you read it as a fantasy novel, it's a good one, but if you take it as the could-be-true novel it presents itself as, you will run into major theological problems. ...more
Ivar Ima
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, family
Exciting story. Listened to it in the car with the kids.
Same as my reviews of other Peretti books for kids, the problem for me growing up was that books like these really unsettled me. I enjoyed the adventure, but the creepy spiritual, occult-ish aspects really made me nervous. I couldn't fully separate yet what I knew to be fiction, I guess. But they're well-written. ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some fantastic plot elements tend to excite the imagination. This book is appropriate for middle school age, but make sure you communicate with the child the difference between the fear experienced by those who did not trust God and the faith portrayed by those who did trust Him. Great writing, as always.
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Cooper Kids Adventure, this time set in Africa to discover the origins of a mountain-size square stone which cuts off communication and passage between a dictator and a rural village. It was sort of interesting, though the coincidences between the Bible parables and how the villagers self-govern were getting more difficult to swallow the more they piled up.
Jennifer Robb
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked how Dr. Cooper was able to piece together various Bible verses that refer to God/Jesus as a stone or cornerstone and relate them to what was happening in the story and put them into practice.
Jul 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great family read alouds.
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: frank-peretti
This one was only so-so.
Meadow Frisbie
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
One morning people wake up to find that their island is divided by a 2 mile high stone, perfectally square overnight. Who put it there. What kind of people, or Person, could do it. Thrilling book.
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
thrilling, exhilarating, frightening! I love this book . . . I read it twice in one year I couldn't get enough of it. Very good and mysterious. ...more
This book definitely was the best book in the Cooper kids adventure seiries! it is one of the best books I've ever read. if I were able to give it six stars I would. really recommeded ...more
May 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wish I could recommend this book but it's just bad. The writing is too simple even for young ones and the theology is troublesome. Skip it. ...more
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good...but a bit strange.
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With more than 12 million novels in print, Frank Peretti is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon and has been called “America’s hottest Christian novelist.”

Peretti is a natural storyteller who, as a youngster in Seattle, regularly gathered the neighborhood children for animated storytelling sessions. After graduating from high school, he began playing banjo with a local blueg

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