If you have little one in your life that loves a good adventure story, I may have found a series for you. I was given a copy of both Imagination Station’s Peril in the Palace and Revenge of the Red Knight from Tydale House Publishers. These books for beginner readers are sure to help your little reader’s imagination soar. There’s even more good news. YOU could win a copy of BOTH books the little adventurer in your family, but first, let me tell you a little about the books from the publisher.

In Peril in the Palace, the Imagination Station adventures continue as 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.

In Revenge of the Red Knights, Patrick and Beth find themselves as guests in a beautiful castle in 15th-century England during the War of the Roses. Through a series of events, the steward of Lord Darkthorn’s castle finds the cousins with three artifacts collected in their previous adventures: the stone, the cup, and the golden tablet. They are accused of being thieves and locked in jail. Beth escapes and discovers the identity of the real thief, leading to a jousting contest with a surprising outcome.

About the Authors

Paul McCusker was given his first typewriter early in his childhood and hasn’t stopped writing since. Paul has written over 300 half-hour audio episodes for Adventures in Odyssey and has also written 18 tie-in novels and two screenplays for the animated series. He was the producer for the series from 1992 to 1996 and the executive producer from 2000 to 2004. Paul is now Director of Creative Content at Focus on the Family.

Marianne Hering has written eight children’s books and more than 40 Bible phonics readers. Now a general book editor for Focus, she is passionate about developing a series for beginning readers.

Our Thoughts

My eight year old son is a voracious reader and we’ve begun to actually have trouble finding books that engage him from our local library. He has 6 or 7 series that he enjoys but he finished all that were available at our local library and they’ve begun to order books in from other library branches on the island for us but in the past couple of months he’s completed EVERY book available in these series as well. He is able to read easily at a higher grade level, but in all honesty, it is difficult to find books that are appropriate (I had no idea how many books there were about witches, vampires and werewolves for teens and tweens). I’m so pleased that this is a series that I can give to him without worrying about content. There was nothing unsavoury in these stories. The children use their brains and their faith in God to get out of precarious situations and to teach others around them about Christianity. The use of histrorical figures, also drew my son in as he is a little history buff like his Mama. It also led to some further investigation on Wikipedia so ended up being a wonderful homeschooling tool!

While these books were easy for my son, who read both one afternoon, I think they are at grade level and really great for children who are just starting to read chapter books as they are full of action. I really appreciated however that in between that action there was also a lot of description and use of similes. I was impressed because a lot of beginning reader books skimp on this important part of a good story. While there are pictures, they are spaced throughout the book, so that your little reader doesn’t get used to pictures on nearly every page (this is an issue we are having as my son is more than ready to move on to books without pictures but is very resistant as he is used to highly illustrated stories).

I also appreciate that while this is a series, each book starts with a prologue that explains what has happened in previous books so that they can be read as stand alone books, though you may find yourself wanting to read more! I invite you to visit the Tydale House Publishers website to find out more. These books are also available at your local book store, on Amazon, and at other Christian retailers online.

Now for the fun stuff!

I’m pleased to say that I have to opportunity to run a giveaway for a chance to win books 3 and 4 of the Imagination Station series. For a chance to win, leave a comment telling me who in your life would be most interested in these books.

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Congratulations Laura O. I’ll be in contact to get your shipping information!

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