Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hunt for the Devil's Dragon | Book Review

I have never had the opportunity to read any of The Imagination Station books until now when I read Hunt for the Devil’s Dragon by Marianne Hering and Wayne Thomas Batson.  This is book number 11 in the series and was a great book for a grade school child.

The story starts with Beth headed into Whit’s End to get some ice cream because she is thinking over an issue from the day.  Shortly behind her was Patrick who asked Beth what was wrong because she only ordered a “two-scoop root-beer float” when there was something bothering her.  Beth explained that there was a girl that ganged up on another girl in her class saying that she was a cheater and teasing her about it the whole recess.  Beth was upset because she didn’t do anything to stop what was going on because she was afraid that the group would turn on her.  Little did Beth know but, this story was going to launch her and Patrick on a wild adventure with dragons and a saber-toothed tiger.

After listening to the day’s events Whit send both Beth and Patrick into the imagination station sending them back to northern Africa and a time when “Christos” was hard to believe in.  Once they reach their destination they meet two children by the names of Sabra and Hazi who will be instrumental to their discovery, along with a Roman solider names Georgius.  These three people are going to help Beth learn the lesson she was sent there to learn. 

This is a story filled with betrayal, fear, and eventually courage to stand up for what you believe in.  There will be dragon and saber-toothed tiger attacks, Roman soldiers lying to get what they want and men standing up for what they believe in. 

The teachings of Jesus come through in this story loud and clear.  He always taught to fear the one that could condemn your soul, not the one that could kill your body.  This is something that I want my children to learn and to always know.  Also, to stand up for those whom you see are being wronged.  Jesus is a great example for children to learn from. 

The one thing I didn’t like about the book is that I was lost as to who the main characters were (no background on them) and never really found out what the Imagination Station is.  I know that since this is a book in a series it was probably explained in the first books but, this is one book where you will probably need to read the ones before to fully understand everything. 

It’s a wonderful story with great teachings in it but, I wish I knew they FULL background before reading this one.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of this review from Tyndale House.***

1 comment:

  1. I also reviewed this book and enjoyed it. It's a great series.

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