I love this series. The earlier books, however, I don't like as much as the later books. This book was about China and Marco Polo. In the later books, you learn more about the historical characters which I liked. This one is more of an adventure story with some real characters thrown in and a bit about their customs. My kids loved the story and were engaged for the whole reading of it.
Peril in the Palace is another great book in the Imagination Station series. This time Patrick, Beth, and Mr. Whittaker are whisked to China to help Albert find a golden tablet while battling mishaps, frightening creatures, and people who want to stop them. They also meet important people like Marco Polo, the Chinese Emperor of the time period, and the Mongols. This was a great book for kids and will take them on an adventure while teaching them important Christian truths.
This is a good book for kids who like Ancient China. In this book Patrick and Beth go to China in the 13th century looking for the golden tablet of Kublai Khan. They are rescued from Mongol warriors by Marco Polo. He takes them to see Kublai Khan and when Patrick shows him a windup toy rooster he locks them in prison because he thinks they have power over an evil bird spirit. While Patrick and Beth say farewell to Marco Polo, a girl named Beki slips into the prison cell with them and gives them a golden tablet. They then escape with nails that Mr. Whittaker gave them. Two giant eagles grab them and carry them to their nest. A knight comes to rescue them long enough for them to get into the Imagination Station. They are now in a cave in an unknown time period. My favorite part is where Beth uncovers the shamans tricks. This is a good book for kids ages 8-11.
"Peril in the Palace" grabbed our interest from the first and it's full of great cliff-hangers. I love History as much as I love books, and my kids love History, too. I've been reading them great historical non-fiction (try David Adler's picture book series) and great historical fiction since they were tiny. No dry Ferris Bueller-style History lessons for us!
"Peril in the Palace" takes place in 13th century China and is actually the 3rd book in the Imagination Station series from Focus on the Family. This book is about real-life explorer Marco Polo and Chinese emperor Kublai Khan. The cover itself gives an accurate description of the book: 2 kids, Beth and Patrick, end up going back to around AD1200 and getting mixed up in a perilous adventure. "Peril in the Palace" delves into the Mongol history of China, the golden tablet of Kublai Khan and so much more... but you'll have to read it to find out the "more"!
This series is great, exciting fiction that's sure to peak your kids' interest in History! Highly recommend!