The latest book that I received to review is Peril in the Palace by Marianne Hering and Paul McCuster. It is book number 3 in the Imagination Station series from Focus on the Family. The best way to describe this series is that it is the Magic Treehouse series with a Christian world view. In this book Cousins, Patrick and Beth, go back in time to China in 1271. In China they meet Marco Polo and must get the golden tablet from the Kublai Khan.
We really enjoyed this book. Especially Patrick, my 8 year old son. He said that his top 3 favorite parts were when Beth got the third treasure, when Sir Andrew saved Beth and Patrick, and when Beth and Patrick used nails to make a ladder. He said there were a couple of parts that he didn't like. Those were the more scary parts like when Beth and Patrick got kidnapped and the Eagle captured Beth and Patrick. Patrick said that he would recommend this book to his peers and that he would read more from the series. In fact, we now have collected all the books from this series.
*Note* I received this book from Tyndale House for free to write a review on. I was in no way expected to give a positive review in exchange for the book.
My boys need to read 20 mins. a day as homework what better books to read than these? they're 12 and 9 years old and they both loved them, as a matter of fact my 9 y.o. is doing a book report on every book he reads and this has been a way to share Jesus with his classmates and friends. Thanks so very much I didn't even know you wrote books, we knew and have the cds but didn't know about these wonderful books, this is wonderful and such a blessing, keep up the wonderful job! God bless you richly!
Earlier this summer I was privileged to receive two of the new Adventures in Odyssey chapter books being published for young readers, and although I made the decision to read them aloud to my children during our read-aloud times, I am excited about both the young readers as well as my future young readers reading these and future volumes in this wholesome, exciting series on their own. My twelve year old, ten year old and five year old all begged me to read "just one more chapter, mom" each time I sat down to read to them.
So, what, exactly, do I like about this series?
They are full of action and adventure which should appeal equally to both boys and girls. The main characters are cousins Patrick and Beth, and my own children tend to relate more closely to protagonists their own gender and close to their own ages. The familiar figure of Mr. Whittaker is also featured in these stories, as is The Imagination Station familiar to fans of the Adventures in Odyssey audio dramas, dramas which my children already know and love.
These chapter books are written at an early second grade reading level, are a really nice length (just over one hundred pages per book) and feature exciting, adventure-filled illustrations, just right to capture young children's imaginations and keep their attention.
They feature characters and events from history and contain Christian values.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of this book.
Peril in the Palace is the third in a series of easy-to-read chapter books that follow the time traveling adventures of cousins Beth and Patrick. This time their leap through time takes them to China during the time of the Khan's and Marco Polo (China 1271).
Beth and Patrick find themselves in a culture very different from their own that they have a hard time grasping, get to debunk the false power of Mongol magicians who challenge the power of the living God, and are swept away by giant eagles (rocs). Though filled with plenty of adventurous moments (as always) the cousins search for the golden tablet of Kublai Khan leads them into new territory for the series - and likely for many young readers as well.
Beth and Patrick visit the court of a ruler and blunder their way through etiquette they know nothing of. These scenes produce a bit of a lull in the middle of the book, which makes this read slightly more sedate than the others in the series, but my children still gobbled it right up. My five-year-old asked for it EVERY day as her read-aloud of choice (which meant it was her favorite book at the time), and my eight-year-old read it herself in only a couple of days - she just devours these books!
Given a Flesch-Kincaid grade level of 2.1, the short sentences, action-filled chapters, and engaging illustrations help children to move through the text quickly and easily while building all-important fluency with this high-interest read. Even more importantly, this book glorifies and honors God as the only true God. Peril in the Palace does have a definite cliff-hanger ending, even more than the two previous books do in the series, so you might want to make sure you have book four on hand - Revenge of the Red Knight so your children can keep going!