Escape To The Hiding Place

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The German solider pointed his long rifle right at Patrick. On the tip of the barrel was a sharp silver blade. It came within inches of Patrick’s nose. “What are you doing here?” the solider shouted.

Book: Escape to the Hiding Place (AIO Imagination Station Books) by Marianne Hering and Marshal Younger, Focus on the Family and Tyndale House Publishing, 2012

Genre: Adventure
Target Audience: Boys and girls 8-13
Subjects: World War II, Dutch Resistance, Corrie Ten Boom, Serving God while young
Summary: Being a kid is no fun sometimes. No one lets you do anything. Even taking a babysitting class requires you to be at least eleven and for Beth, that is three years away! When she and Patrick complain to Mr. Whittaker, he sends them on an adventure to Holland during WWII to see what sort of things children can do to make a difference in the world around them. Here they meet a young boy who is helping his family with the resistance against the Germans. And when the resistance gets a baby that needs reunited with it’s mother, Patrick and Beth are the only ones who can deliver it. No one is allowed on the roads after dark, German soldiers are patrolling the streets everywhere – in fact, the number of guards has tripled. It’s far from safe, but someone has to do it!
Notes: This is the 9th 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 are the faith of the resistance workers as they rely on God to protect them as they seek to help the Jews. There is also the element of what a young child can do to help impact their world. The historical figure in this book is Corrie Ten Boom. The children deliver the baby to her home and get to hide in the hiding place created to shelter the Jews. sAs 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
Reviewer: J:-)mi

1 Timothy 4:12 - Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.


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