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BJU Journey Books & Booklinks

Bob Jones’s reading program is very well developed. Not only are there traditional textbook readers for all the elementary grades, there are a number of supplemental chapter-book readers by various authors and in various genres to expand kids’ abilities and heighten their interest in reading. The Journey Books series and accompanying Booklinks study guides provide wholesome reading material for students not quite ready to delve into more mature fiction.

How Do These Work?

Journey Books are intended for students grades 1-6, with a wide range of titles for each grade level. Each is written from a distinctly Christian perspective, with virtue praised and evil shown for what it is. Genres represented include mysteries, westerns, biographies, historical fiction, fantasy, dog and horse stories, and family/coming-of-age stories.

The majority of these books were written by BJU staff members specifically for this series. The fundamentalist Baptist attitude is usually present, but equally as often it isn’t intrusive or too heavy-handed. Each volume is about 80-200 pages long, without illustrations, and divided into manageable chapters according to grade level. Plots are engaging and involve young characters students can relate to.

As supplemental guides, Booklinks are like miniature unit studies for specific texts in the Journey Books series. Booklinks are published independently of Journey Books, so they don’t exist for all titles, only for those proven to be popular sellers or for books their Reading Program suggests. Each Journey text can stand alone, so the Booklinks are by no means necessary, though they can offer a lot of helpful background information as well as encouraging reluctant readers to get into the stories and comprehend what they read.

Reading 1
- Buttercup Hill
- Looking for Home
- Once in Blueberry Dell

Reading 2
- Carolina's Courage
- Pulling Together
- Treasure of Pelican Cove

Reading 3
- Case of the Dognapped Cat
- Jenny Wren
- These Are My People

Reading 4
- Medallion
- Mountain Born
- Sherriff at Waterstop

Reading 5
- Secret of the Golden Cowrie

Reading 6
- Arby Jenkins, Mighty Mustang
- A Father's Promise
- Trouble at Silver Pines Inn 

The Booklinks texts are reproducible, so you can use them with multiple students. They include historical information pertinent to the text being read, discussion questions, interdisciplinary material (music, science, etc.), and hands-on activities. Many of the activities are intended to give students an idea of what life was like in a different era or part of the world. Careful attention is also paid to character-building and Christian virtue.

Other than the biographies, none of the Journey Books are particularly educational beyond improving a student’s reading skills. The Booklinks expand kids’ reading time beyond fun stories and show how all the academic (and some non-academic) disciplines interrelate.

Our Honest Opinion:

A lot of parents just have their kids read great books suitable for their age and reading level, and that seems like a good idea to us. However, if you want them to have readers and not have to worry about content, these will do. Many of the titles are just standard Christian fiction for elementary kids, though some of them end up being genuinely good literature (A Father’s Promise and In Search of Honor by Donna Lynn Hess come to mind). And while the Booklinks aren’t as strong on vocabulary and language skills as the Progeny Press guides, they cover a variety of other material many study guides leave out.

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Adventures of an Arctic Missionary Book 3
by Gloria Repp
from Bob Jones University Press
for 4th-6th grade
in BJU Journey Books & Booklinks (Location: B10-02D)
$8.99
Adoniram Judson
by Sharon Hambrick
from Bob Jones University Press
for 1st-2nd grade
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
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Adventures of an Arctic Missionary Trilogy
by Gloria Repp
from Bob Jones University Press
Missionary Stories for 4th-6th grade
in BJU Journey Books & Booklinks (Location: B10-02D)
American Haven
Mountain Adventures #3
by Elizabeth Yates
from Bob Jones University Press
for 5th-8th grade
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Arby Jenkins
Arby Jenkins #1
by Sharon Hambrick
from Bob Jones University Press
for 4th-7th grade
in BJU Journey Books & Booklinks (Location: B10-02D)
Arby Jenkins Meets His Match
Arby Jenkins #5
by Sharon Hambrick
from Bob Jones University Press
for 4th-7th grade
in BJU Journey Books & Booklinks (Location: B10-02D)
Arby Jenkins Ready to Roll
Arby Jenkins #3
by Sharon Hambrick
from Bob Jones University Press
for 4th-7th grade
in BJU Journey Books & Booklinks (Location: B10-02D)
Arby Jenkins, Mighty Mustang
Arby Jenkins #2
by Sharon Hambrick
from Bob Jones University Press
for 4th-7th grade
in BJU Journey Books & Booklinks (Location: B10-02D)
$5.00 (2 in stock)
Arby Jenkins, Mighty Mustang - BookLinks Teaching Guide and Book Set
from Bob Jones University Press
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in BJU Journey Books & Booklinks (Location: B10-02D)
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Because of Thomas
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Brave the Wild Trail
by Milly Howard
from Bob Jones University Press
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Brill of Exitorn
by Peggy Downing
from Bob Jones University Press
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Buttercup Hill
by Eileen M. Berry
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Buttercup Hill - BookLinks Teaching Guide and Book Set
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Captive Treasure
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Carolina's Courage
by Elizabeth Yates
from Bob Jones University Press
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Carolina's Courage - BookLinks Teaching Guide and Book Set
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Case of the Dognapped Cat
Crimebusters Inc. #1
by Milly Howard
from Bob Jones University Press
for 2nd-4th grade
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Case of the Dognapped Cat - BookLinks Teaching Guide
from Bob Jones University Press
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in BJU Journey Books & Booklinks (Location: B10-02D)
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Case of the Sassy Parrot
by Milly Howard
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Adventures of an Arctic Missionary Book 2
by Gloria Repp
from Bob Jones University Press
Missionary Stories for 4th-6th grade
in BJU Journey Books & Booklinks (Location: B10-02D)
$8.99
Children of the Storm
by Natasha Vins
from Bob Jones University Press
Autobiography for 8th-10th grade
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Children of the Storm - BookLinks Teaching Guide and Book Set
from Bob Jones University Press
for 8th-10th grade
in BJU Journey Books & Booklinks (Location: B10-02D)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Courage by Darkness
by Jeri Massi
from Bob Jones University Press
for 4th-6th grade
in BJU Journey Books & Booklinks (Location: B10-02D)
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Daniel Colton Kidnapped
by Elaine L. Schulte
from Bob Jones University Press
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Daniel Colton Under Fire
by Elaine L. Schulte
from Bob Jones University Press
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Derwood, Inc.
by Jeri Massi
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Escape
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False Coin, True Coin
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from Bob Jones University Press
Historical Fiction for 6th-9th grade
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Father's Promise
by Donna Hess
from Bob Jones University Press
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Father's Promise - BookLinks Teaching Guide
from Bob Jones University Press
for 4th-7th grade
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$6.00 (1 in stock)
For God and His People
by J. H. Merle D'Aubigne
from Bob Jones University Press
Biography for 9th-12th grade
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Forbidden Gates
by Denise J. Williamson
from Bob Jones University Press
for 4th-7th grade
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Gunner's Run
by Rick Barry
from Bob Jones University Press
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Hawk That Dare Not Hunt By Day
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Hue and Cry
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If Everybody Did
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In My Uncle's House
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In Search of Honor
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from Bob Jones University Press
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Looking for Home
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from Bob Jones University Press
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Lost Prince
by Peggy Downing
from Bob Jones University Press
for 4th-6th grade
in BJU Journey Books & Booklinks (Location: B10-02D)
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Men of Iron
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Historical Fiction for 6th-9th grade
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Mice of the Herring Bone
by Tim Davis
from Bob Jones University Press
Animal Adventure for 2nd-4th grade
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Mice of the Nine Lives
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Animal Adventure for 2nd-4th grade
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