Monday, June 10, 2013

"Hunt for the Devil’s Dragon" (The Imagination Station #11) by Marianne Hering and Wayne Thomas Batson

About the book:  If you’re brave, follow cousins Beth and Patrick to Libya in the 13th century. The town of Silene is being terrorized by a vicious animal that is eating livestock. The townspeople believe it’s a dragon sent by the devil. In order to appease the beast, the people believe they must offer a human sacrifice—a young girl named Sabra. When Beth tries to help Sabra escape, she too is tied up as an offering for the dragon. Meanwhile, Patrick and a new friend named Hazi join Georgius, a Roman knight who is serving in Africa to keep peace. Georgius decides to find the dragon and kill it. Georgius’s plans go awry when Beth and Sabra beg him not to kill the dragon. The girls know the true secret of Silene—the dragon isn’t its worst enemy.

Review:  If you have ever watched the Focus on the Family Adventures in Odyssey videos, you will be anxious to read this wonderful story.  While the book is designed for middle elementary age children, readers old and young will find the book filled with mystery, adventure and wonderful character lessons.  The story tells of cousins Beth and Patrick who go on a trip through the Imagination Station and find themselves transported to the 13th century town of Libya with its knights, maidens and dragons.  The cousins soon become friends with a girl named Sabra and boy named Hazi.  The four are swept into an adventure, along with the noble knight Georgius, that they would have never dreamed possible as they face the prospect of being eaten by a ferocious fire-breathing dragon, or was the dragon the real danger all along? 

Read to find out how this Imagination Station adventure ends and what wonderful life lessons are taught about standing up for truth and right.  I can highly recommend this book to be read by children or to be read aloud to children.  I would recommend getting every book in the series.  The adventures are captivating and the character lessons taught are priceless. (reviewed by J.La Tour)

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary review copy was provided to facilitate our honest review by Tyndale Blog Network on behalf of Focus on the Family, Tyndale House Publishers, and the authors. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.

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