The Ark, the Reed, & the Fire Cloud

By Jenny L Cote

This tween read tells of a magical adventure of animals travelling worldwide to Noah’s Ark. The author Jenny Cote developed an early passion for God, history and young people and she blends all of these into this novel.  Max, a Scottish terrier hears a mysterious Voice “Come to me…follow the fire cloud” and starts out on a journey of a lifetime.  Along the way he meets other animals who have heard the voice as well. It is a journey fraught with danger, humour, trials and triumphs which leads them across Europe to the Middle East. 

For the previous one hundred years , Noah and his family have endured persecution from villagers while building the ark.  Now they must witness the loss of lives and total destruction of the earth through the mighty flood.

Once the animals arrive the ark is miraculously transformed into the animal’s natural habitats and the voyage in the ark begins.  They manage to organize their days and keep each other occupied with daily exercise and a talent night but something sinister is about. Max and his friend Liz foil the plot but at a high price. In the end there are lots of twists and turns in the story taking the reader from despair to hope.