I think I ended up enjoying this book more than I thought I would! This book focuses on a group of kids mostly around the 11-12 year age range, although Ernie is 6. Each kid has a disability of sorts. They are sent on a voyage and given gifts from God to use help and benefit each other. Their adventures take them to many different islands and meet various people who are misled in their faith or ignorant of it. They spread God's Word to these people. The children find themselves in many dangerous situations along the way and even come across their own pitfalls as humans.I read this book with my 9 year old niece. We both enjoyed it. She for the adventures and some lessons. Myself for the previous reasons plus this had many underlying meanings as well that a child might miss but most adults would catch. Some favorites were the technology island and the wolf amongst the sheeple. The author did a good job blending all the lessons and meanings together. My only dissatisfying was that the kids sometimes seemed too wise, mature and reacted or thought older than they were. I would have liked to see more internal struggle but there was some, especially toward the end, just not as much as I would have thought there should be. Also, this book may have been written toward children but it seems more like pre-teen to adult to me. Some of the themes and conversations were confusing to my niece. A younger child could read it but I advice reading with them or reading it yourself first so you can answer questions that may come up. All-in-all, a very good book. Lots of adventures, filled with both spiritual, character and life lessons.*I won this book free in the Goodreads Giveaway program. Thank you D. Alan Hewitt for sharing your book! We enjoyed it. It was not just a book, but an experience.