We begin at Whit’s End, which serves yummy ice cream, where Beth murmuring over trouble at school while Patrick, her cousin, strolls in to the ice cream shop. A bully at school, Leslie has ganged up with her friends on Rachel, who they claimed cheated off Leslie on a math test. After testifying to Rachel’s integrity, Whit comes up with an idea that may change the way they view the situation. Patrick and Beth step into the Imagination Station and whisk off to Africa where their story will mingle with that of Hazi and Sabra’s in such a way that it will leave them changed people at the end of their adventure.
The scene goes black and they find themselves in 13th century Libya on the docks of a busy port city. There they meet Sabra and Hazi whom they instantly connect with. Tarek, the father of Hazi and Sabra, is charged with their duty after an amusing game of hide and seek. It is at this point two other characters show up on the scene; Lucius, a ruthless roman prefect and Georgius, a man who has follows Christos. The two have an interesting balance between them. Once serves an earthly king and the other serves the King of the universe. The two stories would cross paths throughout the book in ways they can’t imagine in the opening pages.
News reaches Tarek that “the dragon” has killed his servant and the reader is thrown into a city which regularly offers sacrifices to this “dragon” in order to appease it’s ravenous desires. When Tarek and the kids show up back in town Sabra and Beth get wrapped up in the tussle and are taken away to be offered as a more appealing sacrifice in the hopes that the dragon will leave the town be in peace. Patrick and Hazi ride off in haste in order to tell Georgius of the news and ask him for assistance. Lucius gives Georgius the go ahead to assist the kids and the town in their matters but secretly plans to arrest him for deserting his post.
The plot of this story promotes the need for people to stand up for those who are being bullied and being righteous even in the face of evil and deceit. The adventure taught Beth important lessons on how to deal with Leslie and Rachel and taught Patrick the wonder of righteousness in the face of overwhelming odds. I liked this book because of what it teaches children, especially mine. I hope this book and all the Imagination Station books get into the hands of parents with children who need desperately to learn these lessons from the great adventures that come out of Odyssey. I have been a fan of Adventures in Odyssey for a little while now, at least since my wife showed me their wonder, and I am proud to recommend this book to parent of any age of children. You’ll have to get the book to read the rest of the story but I promise it will be worth it, especially for them young ones.
Adventures in Odyssey Imagination Station Book: #11, Hunt for the Devil’s Dragon
By Marianne Hering & Wayne Thomas Batson / Tyndale House
Join cousins Beth and Patrick as they are whisked away for Libya in the 13th century. The town of Silene is being terrorized by a vicious animal that is eating livestock, and the townspeople believe it’s a dragon sent by the devil. To appease the beast, the people believe they must offer up 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, but his plans go awry when Beth and Sabra beg him not to kill it. The girls know the true secret of Silene—and the dragon isn’t its worst enemy.