Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Imagination Station–Peril in the Palace


The Imagination Station Book 3 – Peril in the Palace
Written by Marianne Hering
Published at Tyndale

About the book

The place? China in 1271. The quest? The golden tablet of Kublai Khan. The problem? Just about everything!
The Imagination Station adventures continue as cousins Patrick and Beth are kidnapped by Mongol warriors. Only the friendship of fellow traveler Marco Polo saves them from harm. They are brought to the Mongol palace, where the Kublai Khan dislikes both their gifts and their message about Christianity. The tension grows when the Mongol magicians challenge the cousins to a spiritual power showdown. As war breaks out, Beth and Patrick are locked in a secret room to prevent their escape.
How do the cousins get the golden tablet they need to save Mr. Whittaker’s friend Albert? How do they escape the city and find the Imagination Station? Enter the perilous palace and find out!

Who is Marianne Hering?

Marianne Hering is a prolific writer, having written hundreds of articles and a number of books for children and parents. For nine years she worked for several magazines in Focus on the Family's periodicals department and became the editor of Clubhouse, a Focus on the Family children's magazine with a circulation of over 100,000.

Marianne's book titles include two series for girls (Lights, Camera, Action; and White House Adventures) and a recent biography of William Bradford. Her most recent title is a compilation of activities from Clubhouse magazine, the Focus on the Family Clubhouse Family Activity Book.

As a mother of three children, Marianne is interested in parenting and education issues, including home schooling and tutoring reading. She graduated from Biola University (La Mirada, California) with a degree in psychology and has continued her education with courses in writing and editing. She and her husband, Doug, live in Colorado with their nine-year-old daughter, Danielle, and two-year-old twin sons, Justin and Kendrick.

Our Thoughts

In book three of the series, the cousins, Patrick and Beth are sent to China in the year 1271.   They have to find and bring back a golden tablet of Kublai Khan.   They first encounter Mongol warriors but soon realize that they are among friends with Marco Polo, his father and uncle.     Once again adventure awaits the cousins and they will be in the middle of a war without knowing how to get out of this place.   Fortunately, two people will come to their rescue.   One being a princess while the other is a knight from another time.   

The book starts once again with a prologue which will summarize the previous books.   Each time you learn a little bit more about the situation.   Once again the drawings that accompanied the story are fabulous.   They illustrate precisely what is happening during the story and permit you to visualize the environment where the cousins are.

That part that I particularly enjoyed was when Beth demonstrated that the shamans were false prophets and were misleading the Khan.    She is very ingenious and can think rapidly.    She is a strong character in the story and demonstrate that girls are good at science too!   It is also sad that the Khan is a good representation of how most people react to God.   The story is definitively a good way to introduce the kids to the fact that not everyone will be open to receive Christ when they share about Him.

Peril in the Palace is a wonderful book to see life during the Mongols era.   It is another good book to have in hand when you are studying history.

Peril in the Palace is available at your favourite bookstore, even amazon.ca.

Disclaimer: I have received the above mentioned products for review purposes from Tyndale and Side Door Communication . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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