Friday, June 3, 2011

Peril in the Palace- Imagination Station Series


Peril in the Palace by Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker, Book 3 in the Imagination Station Series

Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Readers/Chapter Books

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Website to Visit: The Imagination Station 

Age Appeal: 7 and up

Important Information: Paperback book, ISBN 978-1-58997-629-0, Copyright 2011, 119 pages,

Price: $4.99

Eight-year-old cousins, Patrick and Beth, are off on their next adventure.  The Imagination Station takes them to 1271 China where they are kidnapped by Mongol warriors, become friends with Marco Polo and meet Kublai Khan at the Shangdu Palace.

Will Patrick and Beth make it safely back to Whit’s End with the Golden Tablet?



Marianne Hering has written more than 12 children’s book and is the former editor of Focus on the Family magazine.  She lives in Colorado with her husband and children.



Paul McCusker is Creative Director for Focus on the Family and has written many times for Adventures in Odyssey.  He lives in Colorado with his wife and children.



Our Experience:

B and C were very excited to get this book.  We had to sit down and begin reading this book when it arrived in the mail.  We also used it for our nighttime story. 

They love reading Christian books.  The book was exciting with two young children venturing through time and space.

What I Liked:

  • The Christian focus.
  • That the kids visit real places and people.
  • This is a book B could read silently to himself or out-loud to C.
  • How Beth proves with magnets that the yellow lamas are not using magic.

What I Disliked:

  • There could be more about Jesus and Christianity.

What B (boy, age seven, second grade in the fall) Liked and Disliked:

I liked Peril in the Palace.  I liked that they traveled to China in 1271.  In the book, Beth and Patrick got to visit the Shangdu palace.  The palace was made out of real gold.  I didn’t like that rocs (a type of eagle) carried them to the nest and that Beth got scraped on the leg. 

I think this book is great for kids my age to read to themselves or to have parents read to them. 

What C (girl, age five, kindergarten in the fall) Liked and Disliked: 

Patrick and Beth had to travel in the Imagination Station to China. The yellow lamas used magnets to hold things up in the air, like a pitcher. They did that to show magic, but Kublai Khan didn’t know that. Beth and Patrick scared the yellow lamas with a wind-up toy chicken. Marco Polo who had been with them left them at Shangdu Palace.

I liked this book.  Other kids my age should like it too.

Would I Recommend: I would highly recommend Peril at the Palace.  It should be in every library.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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