These books involve exciting historic adventures. They are full of suspense and keep the reader engaged while learning about history. The characters are believable and easy to imagine. The books' easy to read format will be inviting for early readers, and the story line is captivating for older readers as well. Excellent choice for reluctant readers and those who love to read.
My fifth grade son loved them and wants to read the others in the series.
Battle for Cannibal Island is a very exciting book. After having read the first seven books to the Imagination Station Series, book 8 was much anticipated. Though the back cover shares some of what the book was about, it was not a spoiler, leaving me with plenty of surprises.
I enjoyed the exciting story line. From battling escape convicts, terrible storms, meeting the notorious cannibal king, Toki, your in for a ride of adventure and lots of imagination. The overall message of the book was showing kindness to those who are mean to you. One of my favorite examples of this principle was when after Patrick spoke meanly towards Beth she still decided to act like Jesus and try to rescue him, showing true kindness.
This series being reccomended for ages 7 and up was just right for me. It being a chapter book, made the reading experience feel advanced, but with the occasional pictures it helped keep it kid friendly. The words are a nice big readable size for young children, but the words themselves are neither too hard, nor easy. Overall these were thrilling books and I highly recommend it, not only for young children, but to teens and parents too! I give Battle For Cannibal Island and Escape to the Hiding Place a 5 out of 5.
Beth stops into Mr.Whit's Ice Cream Shop looking for her cousin Patrick. She finds him hiding in the Imagination Station, a time machine of sorts, invented by Mr.Whit. Patrick is in a bad mood because he does not want to go to his Grandmother's birthday party. There are so many other fun things he could be doing. Beth got in the machine with him to talk to him. He decides to push the button that starts up the machine, but he was under the impression it was turned off. Well it hummed on and they were off to an adventure in the Imagination Station. When the humming stops they are on the deck of a sailing ship which is flying a British flag. But Patrick thinks they may be on a pirates ship.
Off in the distance Missionary James Calvert is talking to a British Captain. Calvert is wanting to be put ashore on Fiji Island but the Captain refuses to let him on the island because it is inhabited with cannibals.
Calvert knew the cannibals were as much God's children as were anyone else. He had every intention to tell them about God. Some of the Fijians had already accepted Christ as their Savior. As they continue their conversation a canoe sets off from the island with several of the cannibals and their leader headed for the ship.
When Patrick and Beth are discovered on the ship the Captain gave orders for them to be put in the hull of the ship with the other hard core prisoners. Calvert would not stand for the Beth to be put with the other prisoners. It was no place for a girl.
Then things turn chaotic on the ship among the prisoners and Patrick is right in the middle. What will happen to Patrick? Who should he fear the most the Captain, the pirates or the cannibals? What an adventure this has become.
The Imagination Station is an excellent way for children to learn about our Historical Christian heroes. True disciple of Christ. Willing to sacrifice their very lives to spread the word of eternal life through Christ out Lord and Savior.
The author gives our children a good look at the British involvement to rid the Fiji Island of cannibals. It was Calvert's mission to tell thee Fijians about God. Patrick also learned a lesson. What would that lesson be?
Will Patrick decide to go to his Grandmother's Birthday after this adventure? Will they be in trouble for going using the Imagination Station without Mr. Whit's permission?
I highly recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Battle for Cannibal Island is a fun, easy to read book for children ages 7 & up. The dialogue and descriptions are simple but the plot is interesting. The main characters are 7-year-old cousins named Patrick and Beth. Battle for Cannibal Island is set in Fiji during the 1850s. The cousins get to meet missionary James Calvert. I like that kids who read the book are introduced to a historical figure. The illustrations (especially of Whit) are not what I am used to but they're not bad. At the end of the story, the children learn a lesson that they can apply to their modern day lives. I think it's cool to see a Christian historical fiction book series for young kids.
I've been a fan of the Adventures in Odyssey radio series since it's 1987 inception. Our children absolutely love listening to Odyssey stories on CD. They are (by far) a family-favourite activity and as a bonus, everyone quiets down to listen.
Our seven-year-old son is such an animated listener. He's the one who tries to play Wii games sitting down and ends up standing on the couch, jumping with each character jump (at least until I notice and tell him to stand on the floor to jump)! Even with Adventures in Odyssey, some of the stories become more suspenseful and he is the one quite literally sitting on the edge of the sofa trying to hold his sounds-of-anticipation down...usually unsuccessfully. It doesn't matter how many times our kids listen to the AIO stories; they still get excited about them. The thrill doesn't dissipate with age either ~ I guarantee we'll all still love them in our 90's.
I noticed a couple years ago that there are Adventures in Odyssey books available. "The Imagination Station" series currently ranges from volume #1- #9 and is geared towards children aged 7 and up. Going by our childrens' interests and reading levels, I could see this being a hit with ages 7-10. I know they will be slightly challenging for our 7-year-old but I've heard other children his age read quite fluently so it is on-target with what many 6 or 7-year-olds would be reading. It will be a very easy read for our 10-year-old but knowing how much he likes Adventures in Odyssey, he will be thrilled to read both #8 and #9.
Battle for Cannibal Island is rated by Flesch-Kincaid as grade level 2.1.
In this 8th book of the series, Patrick and Beth are taken via the infamous Imagination Station to Fiji in the 1850s. They meet missionary James Calvert, and are inadvertently brought directly into the midst of cannibals who have been burning Christian villages. James Calvert's desire is to follow God's calling on his life to reach out to these people. Self-proclaimed 'king' Toki is the head of this cannibalistic tribe and he vehemently spews out his hatred for God and Christians. Will Beth and Patrick come to understand what it means to die to self and live for Christ?
Admittedly, I've heard of James Calvert before but don't know much about him. Lately, we have been reading various missionary stories and I know there are books about his time as a missionary. Reading Battle for Cannibal Island followed or preceded by James Calvert's life story would be a great way to extend this adventure. I love that while this is a fictional account of Patrick and Beth's adventures; James Calvert is a real-life person who reached the "unreachable" to share God's love and message of salvation with them.
Thank you, Tyndale, for giving us this free copy to review. Our boys will love it!