Authors Marianne Hering and Wayne Thomas Batson capture the interest and imagination of the young reader.
About "Escape to the Hiding Place": Patrick and Beth arrive in World War II Holland in the farm country. They must smuggle a baby (by bicycle) into the capable hands of Corrie ten Boom at her home in Haarlem. Along the way they hide from Nazi soliders, meet a Russian surgeon forced into service by the Germans, and encourage two Jewish children who haven’t been outside in over three years. The children learn to appreciate the bravery and sacrifice of everyday people who helped the Jews.
About "Battle for Cannibal Island": It’s 1852 and cousins Patrick and Beth sail to Fiji on the HMS Calliope under the command of Captain James E. Home. They arrive at the islands to find that the Christian Fijians are at war with the non-Christian Fijians. Missionary James Calvert is trying to make peace and suggests that the captain allow peace negotiations on board the British vessel. Patrick and Beth learn about sacrificial living when they observe Calvert’s determination to live on Fiji despite the dangers and impoverished conditions and that he is willing to risk his life to live as Jesus would.
Review: 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. (reviewed by A.Freeman)
DISCLOSURE: The two Imagination Station books: Escape to the Hiding Place and Battle for Cannibal Island were provided complimentary by Tyndale Blog Network on behalf of Focus on the Family, Tyndale House Publishers, and the authors,Marianne Hering, Wayne Batson to facilitate our review. No obligation was placed upon us for a complimentary review.