Book 1 – Trapped in the Tunnel


Times are simpler in the 1980s. Terry, Gary, and Larry love their maple tree, their boat called the London, and the friendly face of the St. Joseph River. Gary finds comfort on the river, where he can use his upper body strength to row, and almost forget about his wooden leg and lost dreams.

But nothing is simple when Mom spots suspicious characters in the empty house next door and suggests it may be time to move away. And nothing is easy when Dad and Mom assign the boys a summer project to learn about the fruit of the Spirit.

Terry, Gary, and Larry set out to investigate the strange characters and prove that their neighborhood is safe. But then, the detective work backfires, and the boys are trapped.

SKU: BSB1 Categories: ,

SERIES Description. This series is expected to contain 9 books.

Terry, Gary and Larry Fitzpatrick live in northern Indiana along the St. Joseph River. President Reagan lives in the White House. Gasoline costs 90 cents a gallon. For families like the Fitzpatricks, computers and cell phones are still things of the future. The boys’ Christian parents teach them to pray and give them a project to learn the fruit of the Spirit. They help Gary navigate the pain of losing his leg and his firefighting dreams.

But having a wooden leg doesn’t keep Gary from adventures. With Terry the acrobat, and Larry the brain, Gary begins a quest to find an answer to the most important mystery of all.

What happened to the surgeon who amputated Gary’s leg, and has now disappeared?

Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 8 × 5.25 × .5 in


  1. Matilda

    I’m a 10 yr old girl and I loved this book! It seemed so much like you were there when you read it.

  2. Crystal

    “3 adventurous and daring brothers investigate the strange house next door. Their antics get them into a situation they haven’t bargained for.
    I appreciated this book because it depicted a solid christian family life with biblical values and a good work ethic.
    Another aspect that, as the parent of special needs children, I appreciated was that 2 of the brothers in the story have physical challenges. One has asthma, and another is an amputee. Though these things created some challenges, the characters in the story continued to live life to the full.”

  3. Tena

    This book is captivating and very hard to lay down. You wonder who is trapped and why. The life lesson of love is incorporated throughout the story and even history is brought in with the underground railroad.

  4. Emma

    “I really like this book. It is a gentle, clean adventure story with enough tension and mystery to keep children very interested. I read it aloud to my sons, and they kept begging for another chapter. We knew from the title that there was a tunnel, but where? How did they find it? How did they get trapped? And how did they get out? Because obviously, in a story, they had to get out? We had to keep reading to find all these answers, and the story was very worth spending time with.

    I like the Christian worldview and the simpler way of life shown here. Since the story is set in the 1980s, there is none of today’s technology, and the boys had much more freedom than most children now. We recommend this book for all boys and girls who enjoy a good adventure story.

    I received a review copy of this book from the author, and these are my honest thoughts about it.”

  5. Tessa

    I found this book really interesting. I didn’t get into it at first, but once in the middle of it I could hardly put it down! I would recommend this book to anyone!

  6. Delphine

    This is a great book! It is interesting, teaches biblical principals and depicts real life all the while a thread of mystery is woven throughout. Katrina brings out the character of each boy in a way that gives the reader a good mental picture. I recieved an advanced reader copy and enjoyed it. I definitely recommend it to boys (and girls). I like neighbour Tina.

  7. Colin

    I received an advanced reader copy of this book. I am 10 years old. I really enjoyed this book. It was very exciting, fun, and a little scary at times. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  8. Miriam

    “As librarian for our church school, I am always on the lookout for wholesome, captivating books. They are especially hard to find for the older boys, ages 10-14. I was delighted to find this first book in a series that is sure to hold their attention! I can hardly wait to add it to the library! I only hope there won’t be too many fights on whose turn it is to check it out!
    I received an advanced reader copy of this book. “

  9. B Byler

    Exciting read! Great for boys! The oldest would have enjoyed a set of these when he was younger. Another son is looking forward to more books coming out.

  10. Kayla

    I’m in my upper teens and enjoyed this story. Yeah, it was below my level, but it was very well written and still captured my interest. I give it five stars. I received an advanced reader copy for my younger sister and read it as well. I was asked for an honest review.

  11. Diane

    This is a well-written story, and well-edited: all around a good read! I’m recommending it to my grandchildren, and looking forward to the second book.

  12. Rosalyn

    I am a teacher and this has become my all-time favorite storytime book. I have never ready a book for storytime that the students actually beg to skip recess and just read story! Very well written and captivating! I can’t wait to read “Facing the Fugitive”!

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