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The Imagination Station: Attack of the Arena by McCusker & Hering

Beth and Patrick are about ready to embark on another adventure to help save Albert from Lord Darkthorn.

The Imagination Station: Attack of the Arena
by Paul McCusker & Marianne Hering
Tyndale House
March 2011

This is book two in this series. The story begins shortly after they return from Greenland in the, “Voyage with the Vikings” Next stop will be Rome. Beth and Patrick must find a silver chalice belonging to the monks and bring it back to Whit’s End.

Patrick is dressed as a monk and Beth as a slave girl with a bag of bird seeds tied to her garment. You will have to read the book to figure out why she needs the bird seed. Even Beth is not sure what they are for. Mr. Whittaker assures her she will know in time.

Off they go to Rome and straight into the arena with one hungry tiger. Barely escaping with there lives into the city they run into some Roman soldiers who mistake her as a runaway slave and take Beth back to her rightful owner.

Patrick and Beth find themselves separated from one another. They both have different missions to accomplish before they meet again. Patrick finds the chalice and loses it as fast as he finds it.

The cousins find each other again in the same place they began this amazing journey, in the famous Roman arena. Yet, one of them has been forced to participate in the opening games. Can they survive and get back safely to Whit’s End with the silver Chalice. Suddenly a knight appears out of the Imagination Station in full armor.

This is a great book for the kids. The print is large and the adventure is intriguing.


ReneeK is a sweet tea addicted mamma who loves to cuddle up to a good book. She blogs at Little Homeschool on the Praire and writes about family, homeschooling, having a special needs child, and about whatever else tickles her fancy.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Imagination Station: Voyage with the Vikings by McCusker & Hering

The Imagination Station: Voyage with the Vikings. If you or your kids are a fan of Adventures in Odyssey you can enjoy it that much more.

The Imagination Station: Voyage with the Vikings
by Paul McCusker & Marianne Hering
Tyndale House
March 2011

Beth and Patrick are about ready to embark on an adventure of a life time. They are going to get a dose of history face to face when they met Erik the Red, and his son Leif Ericson. This adventure won’t be easy. They have a mission to accomplish after a mysterious letter from Albert is found in Mr. Whittaker’s time machine. They need to bring back a Sunstone, but what does one look like? How are they going to find one when they have to deal with such a hostile group of people who have no respect for the ONE Christian God. Beth and Patrick have to rely on God to help them through some difficult situations.

Filled with just enough of history, and action to get your child wanting to know more about that the Vikings. A few sporadic pictures for those kids who still like them. The print is large and the chapters are short. There are 108 pages in this book. The ending of the book gives you an idea where the next adventure will take Beth and Patrick.

Next year we will be learning about the Vikings in our curriculum. This is a read-out-loud I am adding into the mix. This was a well-written children novel that I don’t have to worry about what kind of stuff my kids are learning. Focus on the Family has kept God the focus in this book.


ReneeK is a sweet tea addicted mamma who loves to cuddle up to a good book. She blogs at Little Homeschool on the Praire and writes about family, homeschooling, having a special needs child, and about whatever else tickles her fancy.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Deadly Ties by Vicki Hinze

This is the second book from this series. Forget Me Not being the first book in this series. Which I have not read. This is the first book I have read by this author. She writes a very intriguing novel with lots of suspense. The author makes you feel like you know all the characters. I had no idea what would happen in all the different spins in this novel.

Deadly Ties
by Vicki Hinze
Multnomah
February 2011

Dr. Charles Harper is killed and his seven year old daughter Lisa is abducted. She barely escapes her ordeal and is reunited with her mother Annie. Lisa buries the nightmare she lived and believes her father is killed when he fell off a roof in Haiti. Burying the memories and the truth of what really happened.

Annie is faced with money issues and the fear of not being able to provide for her daughter. She hastily marries a man who she thinks is a kind, loving and honorable man

Dutch Hauk who quickly becomes a nightmare beyond imagining. He is jealous, controlling, and evil to the core.

Annie relinquished her parental rights to a beloved friend when Lisa is 16 to save her daughters life. Annie refused to leave her marriage to this man because of her conviction of her marriage vows and her love of God.

Twelve years later Lisa finish’s medical school to become a Dr. Her and her mother are ready to begin a brand new life without Dutch. Dutch has a different agenda for both of them, a deadly one.

Mark Taylor a former member of and elite specialized unit call the “Shadow Watchers” Taylor is hired to protect Annie and Lisa. Mark calls in his former team to help protect the women. Little did any of them know that this is more than a crazed overbearing abusive maniac. Soon they realize NINA is involved, not sure how Dutch ties into this organization. NINA has international ties to drugs, female trafficking, and paid hit men.

Deadly Ties is an action packed, suspenseful novel that will keep you reading late in the night. Only by the grace of God, and many prayers can they endure the unthinkable in this love story.


ReneeK is a sweet tea addicted mamma who loves to cuddle up to a good book. She blogs at Little Homeschool on the Praire and writes about family, homeschooling, having a special needs child, and about whatever else tickles her fancy.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor by Chuck Black

12/27/10

Chuck Black’s series for young adults is a beautiful allegory of the Lord and making choices. Are you willing to give your all to the Prince or would you rather live a comfortable life serving the Prince?

Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor
by Chuck Black
Multnomah
October 2010

In this, the fifth book of the Knights of Arrethtrae Series. Two knights of the Prince have been raised together since a fire killed Quinlan’s family. Quinlan know as, “Twitch” by family and friends in the city of Burkfield. Twitch named due to the nervous twitch in his face when he is stressed or nervous. Twitch is the one who no ones see’s a lot from the outside. He his not built very well and nothing stands out of him in appearance, personality or physique. He doesn’t even handle a sword as well as most in the training haven or probably the Kingdom. While Gustav nicknamed “Tav” is by all appearance the handsome, outgoing, and handles a sword with some of the best.

The young Knights are both looking forward to following the Prince and maybe even going out into the kingdom to spread the message of the Prince. They want to defend the Kingdom against the evil.

Then they come across a strange, cuddle, smart and loving creature and this strange pet becomes the center of the boy’s attention. The pet multiple and all the young knights of the Prince at the haven have one. Then almost everyone in Burkfield has one. Everything is going so well for the city. It is prospering and the violence seems to not have effected this part of the kingdom.

Then, Twitch has a life changing experience with the Prince and chooses the narrow road and faces many hardships. Tav chooses a different path to follow the Prince and both choices are pivotal point in their lives.

I have read all the previous titles in both series and can’t wait to get my hands on the next one. These action packed allegory’s have such a beautiful message of our walk with our Savior. The ending in this book has by far surprised me the most and has been my favorite.

This series will be a mainstay on my bookshelf. My 5 and 8 year old are loving all of Chuck’s Black series. I love the great discussions with my kids. Did I mention that mom is just as crazy about the series that I had to read ahead!


ReneeK is a sweet tea addicted mamma who loves to cuddle up to a good book. She blogs at Little Homeschool on the Praire and writes about family, homeschooling, having a special needs child, and about whatever else tickles her fancy.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest by Chuck Black

Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest is the sixth book in this series, “The Knights of Arrethtrae” Rowan of Laos was born in utter poverty an orphaned at a young age. Yet, he was born to be a swordsman. Every fiber in him knew it. After meeting a knight of the Prince while working as a stable boy. He was trained at the local haven and was a superior swordsmen like no one has seen. He was passionate about the Prince and Code.

Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest
by Chuck Black
Multnomah
October 2010

Four years of training and when his first commissioning was presented to him. Rowan turned his back to compete in the tournaments knights. He was good and became wealthy, had fame and even became one to the most decorated tournament knights in Cameria. On the way to a tournament his group is attacked and Rowan is captured and left for dead. During this time he sees visions of the Prince. After several weeks of being left for dead Rowan has a vision of the Prince and shortly afterwards he is rescued by a woman who serves the Prince. Rowan finds new purpose and rededicates himself to the Prince.

He finds out that all his material possessions are gone and that his beloved Cameria has been held in tyranny. Rowan meets a mysterious knight who want Rowan to join him in another battle elsewhere for the Prince. Rowan must determine where he will fight. He loves his countryman in Cameria but this mysterious knight insist that his purpose lies in an ancient city and is the greater cause for him to fight for the Prince. Rowan must choose which battle he will serve the Prince, but will it be the one the Prince has chosen him to serve in. The wrong choice could have a great impact on the battle of the Cameria region.

I have enjoyed every book in this series. The book is for teens. I have been reading these books to my five and eight year old as a read-out-loud and they love the books and are excited for me to read more to them. Mom is also a big fan and can’t wait to read more in this series.


ReneeK is a sweet tea addicted mamma who loves to cuddle up to a good book. She blogs at Little Homeschool on the Praire and writes about family, homeschooling, having a special needs child, and about whatever else tickles her fancy.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Thorn by Beverly Lewis

Another great book by Beverly Lewis. The worst part is waiting for the next book, “The Judgment” in the Spring of 2011 in “The Rose Trilogy series” Lewis makes you feel like you know each of the characters personally in all of her books and this is no exception with all the characters.

The Thorn
Rose Trilogy 1
by Beverly Lewis
Bethany House
September 2010

This story is about two Amish sisters one of them, Rose Kauffman who has been helping care for her mother after and accident left her in much pain and wheel chaired bound. She is past the age most girls in her community marry.

Rose has a close friendship with Nick the bishop’s adopted foster son. Nick has no interest in joining the church and is not trusted or accepted in many ways among his adopted community because of his worldly ways. Rose old beau comes back into her life and is faced with many decisions about her friendship with Nick and has to examine this relationship with the rebellious bishop’s son. She finds herself on the edge of her much loved Amish community.

All the while her sister Hen shows up at her fathers door 5 years after marrying an Englisher. Concerned for her young daughters upbringing in the world. Hen’s desire is for her husband to have a relationship with the Lord and her family. Brandon wants nothing to do with her Amish roots, family or faith. both sisters are faced with many consequences of their actions.

This is a wonderful book with such rich details of the Amish life and is filled with so many surprises and characters. It was a hard book to put down. The only bad thing is waiting for the sequel in the series.


ReneeK is a sweet tea addicted mamma who loves to cuddle up to a good book. She blogs at Little Homeschool on the Praire and writes about family, homeschooling, having a special needs child, and about whatever else tickles her fancy.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.