Aazan then drew his own sword and said, “It doesn’t seek the blood of a newcomer. It seeks the blood of a true child of Silene.”
“”No!” Tarek shouted.
Aazan’s eyes darted around the square. Then he pointed. “Seize Sabra!” he cried out.
Book: Hunt for the Devil's Dragon (AIO Imagination Station Books)by Marianne Hering and Wayne Thomas Batson, Focus on the Family and Tyndale House Publishing, 2013
Target Audience: Boys and girls 8-13
Subjects: Fear, Superstition, Sacrifice, Faith, Courage
Summary: Courage. It’s hard to come by sometimes. Beth wants to do the right thing and stand up for those being bullied. Standing up to a bully seems as hard as facing a dragon though! Thankfully Mr. Whittaker has the perfect solution for her – an imagination station adventure. He sends Patrick and Beth to 13th century Libya to face a real dragon and another bully. This time the bully isn’t interested in attacking with mere words though. This time it’s the actual life he is threatening.
Notes: This is the 11th in the Imagination Station Adventures series. The series is much like the secular Magic Tree House books but instead of wizards and magic it’s imagination and inventions giving them the different place/different time experiences. The radio show the concept is taken from is very solid – full of great spiritual elements and lessons and challenges as well as fun and excitement. This book did a much better job than some of the other in the series at focusing on spiritual elements. The spiritual element in this story is how much Christ can change a life. A solider who follows Christ risks his own life and career multiple times to rescue those in trouble or help those in need. It’s the example Beth needs to be able to find the courage to stand up for what is right in her life. As with the Magic Tree House, part of the focus of the series is on giving a picture of the time and place featured in the setting of the book.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Philippians 1:20 - I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.