I am loving this new series by Adventures in Odyssey, designed for preteen kids. In each book, cousin Beth and Patrick are transported via the Imagination Station in Whit’s End to some far away place and time where they interact with historical characters and learn valuable lessons about their lives. You can check the reviews for the other books in this series by clicking on the links at the bottom of this post.
Book #8 | 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.
Another slam dunk in my opinion with this book. I love that they took away the cumbersome introduction at the beginning of the book and jumped right into the adventure. I think the story is easy to follow, even if you haven’t read any of the previous AIO books. At first, I was a little concerned about focusing on cannibals for this story, but of course, there are no gruesome details, and it is great to see that the power of God can transform anyone’s heart — even the cannibal leader. I love the focus on missionary James Calvert and I think there is a perfect amount of suspense and thrill to keep a preteen (and me) readily engaged by not too scared. In an age where story is king, I think these books are a great tool for parents — teaching their kids about Christian values and heroes in a fun and unique way. And for only $4.99, this would be a perfect stocking stuffer for your preteen! Grab your copy of Battle for Cannibal Island on Amazon today!
Book #9 | 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 soldiers, 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.
I was really excited to read Escape to the Hiding Place. I love the story of Corrie ten Boom and her family ever since I saw the play, “The Hiding Place” as a kid. I have attempted to read the book a few times, but apparently this preteen version is more my style! The story line on this book was smooth and compelling and I thought it really got to the heart of Christian compassion. It made me really consider what I would sacrifice for the cause of Christ or to help others. When I consider the incredible danger the ten Boom family placed themselves in (and eventually suffered), it makes me so grateful that I live in a country where I don’t have to fear the police or hide behind walls because of my ethnicity. This story is centered around such a pivotal in history and I’m glad it made it into the AIO series for preteen to read about an explore. It would be perfect introductory piece for some homeschooling lessons on World War II or even about the persecution of Jewish people through the years. I love that Beth and Patrick are given real responsibility in these books even though they are “just kids”. I hope this fact serves as inspiration to other preteens who are reading the books.
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More Adventures in Odyssey Book Reviews:
- Voyage with the Vikings (#1)
- Attack in the Arena (#2)
- Peril in the Palace (#3) and Revenge of the Red Knight (#4)
- Problems in Plymouth
Disclaimer: I received these books free from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review