Peril in the Palace

Peril in the Palace


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The place? China in 1271. The quest? The golden tablet of Kublai Khan. The problem? Just about everything!
The Imagination Station adventures continue as cousins Patrick and Beth are kidnapped by Mongol warriors. Only the friendship of fellow traveler Marco Polo saves them from harm. They are brought to the Mongol palace, where the Kublai Khan dislikes both their gifts and their message about Christianity. The tension grows when the Mongol magicians challenge the cousins to a spiritual power showdown. As war breaks out, Beth and Patrick are locked in a secret room to prevent their escape.
How do the cousins get the golden tablet they need to save Mr. Whittaker’s friend Albert? How do they escape the city and find the Imagination Station? Enter the perilous palace and find out!

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ISBN-13: 9781589976290
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 04/18/2011
Series: AIO Imagination Station Books Series , #3
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 274,417
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

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Peril in the Palace



Copyright © 2011 Focus on the Family
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ISBN: 978-1-58997-629-0

Chapter One

The Mongols

On Wednesday, Patrick and Beth were ready to go to China. They were all set to find the golden tablet.

Patrick had on a bright blue tunic with an orange border. The toes of his shoes curled up at the ends.

Beth wore an orange dress. It was made of fine silk. Her shoes were just like Patrick's.

"Those costumes are great," Mr. Whittaker said. "You look just like Mongol children."

"Did you say mongrel?" Beth asked. "That's what my dog is."

Mr. Whittaker smiled. His kind eyes twinkled behind his round glasses.

"No, Beth," Mr. Whittaker said. "I said Mon-gol. The Mongols ruled all of China in the thirteenth century. Today their country is called Mongolia."

"I've heard that word," said Patrick. "There's a Mongolian barbecue on Main Street. That restaurant cooks the best meat in town."

"Well," Mr. Whittaker said, "in Kublai Khan's time, Mongols were the best fighters in town."

"Uh-oh," said Beth.

"Don't be afraid," Patrick said. "I'll protect you."

"How can you protect me?" she asked. "You don't know anything about Kublai Khan. What if he's nasty and mean?"

Patrick looked at Mr. Whittaker. "Is he?" Patrick asked.

"Well, khan means emperor," Mr. Whittaker said. "So he was one of the most powerful—and richest—men in the world at the time."

"Emperors can be nasty and mean," Beth said.

"They can be," Mr. Whittaker said. "But Kublai was also known for his love of art, astronomy, and knowledge. That will work in your favor."

"How?" Beth asked.

Mr. Whittaker said, "I prepared some things for you to take with you."

He walked over to a large closet and rummaged around inside. He came back with three things: a colorful wool bag, a box of very long nails, and a hammer.

"Nails?" Beth said. "Why?"

Mr. Whittaker held up a nail. "Kublai Khan likes new things. He's never seen one of these."

"He hasn't seen a nail?" Beth asked.

Mr. Whittaker put the nail in Beth's hand.

"No," Mr. Whittaker said. "So this should please him."

"If you say so," she said. Beth frowned and then studied the nail. It had a square head and a long shaft. It was almost a spike.

She touched the tip of the nail. "It's sharp," she said.

"Keep the nails in the wool bag until you need them," Mr. Whittaker said. He put the hammer in the bag too, and he handed it to Patrick.

"Whoa!" Patrick said. "This is really heavy." He looked at Mr. Whittaker. "What else is in here?"

"You'll see," Mr. Whittaker said. "There are several gifts inside. Each one is wrapped separately. And each one has a tag on it. Read the tags to figure out when to use them. Give away the first gift when you meet someone with a famous name."

"We're going to meet someone famous?" Beth asked.

"He wasn't famous then," Mr. Whittaker said. "But you'll recognize his name when you hear it."

Beth and Patrick looked at each other. Their eyes lit up with curiosity.

"Shall we start the adventure?" Mr. Whittaker asked. He waved a hand toward the Imagination Station.


Excerpted from Peril in the Palace by MARIANNE HERING PAUL McCUSKER Copyright © 2011 by Focus on the Family. Excerpted by permission of TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents


1 The Mongols....................7
2 The Imagination Station....................13
3 The Horses....................17
4 The Cooking Fire....................24
5 Marco Polo....................34
6 The First Gift....................40
7 The Palace....................48
8 Kublai Khan....................54
9 The Yellow Lamas....................63
10 The Floating Pitcher....................68
11 The Chicken....................73
12 The Mongol Messenger....................81
13 Good-bye....................86
14 The Princess....................93
15 The Nest....................100
16 In the Dark....................116
Secret Word Puzzle....................118

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Peril in the Palace 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
jenniferbogart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Peril in the Palace is the third in a series of easy-to-read chapter books that follow the time traveling adventures of cousins Beth and Patrick. This time their leap through time takes them to China during the time of the Khan¿s and Marco Polo (China 1271).Beth and Patrick find themselves in a culture very different from their own that they have a hard time grasping, get to debunk the false power of Mongol magicians who challenge the power of the living God, and are swept away by giant eagles (rocs). Though filled with plenty of adventurous moments (as always) the cousins search for the golden tablet of Kublai Khan leads them into new territory for the series ¿ and likely for many young readers as well.Beth and Patrick visit the court of a ruler and blunder their way through etiquette they know nothing of. These scenes produce a bit of a lull in the middle of the book, which makes this read slightly more sedate than the others in the series, but my children still gobbled it right up. My five-year-old asked for it EVERY day as her read-aloud of choice (which meant it was her favorite book at the time), and my eight-year-old read it herself in only a couple of days ¿ she just devours these books!Given a Flesch-Kincaid grade level of 2.1, the short sentences, action-filled chapters, and engaging illustrations help children to move through the text quickly and easily while building all-important fluency with this high-interest read. Even more importantly, this book glorifies and honors God as the only true God. Peril in the Palace does have a definite cliff-hanger ending, even more than the two previous books do in the series, so you might want to make sure you have book four on hand ¿ Revenge of the Red Knight so your children can keep going!Reviewed at
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
I love the alliterative titles to each of the Imagination Station book series. They are memorable and fun. Each story centers around cousins Beth and Patrick, and mysterious notes that send them on exciting adventures.  I loved books like this when I was a child. And the mysterious notes that set the recurring main characters on their adventures spark readers’ imaginations—something that often gets ignored in today’s world. This series is loaded with exciting journeys into history.  Peril in the Palace, book three of The Imagination Station series, takes Beth and Patrick back in time to 1271 China, to once again keep the mysterious Mr. Albert out of prison. In this adventure, readers are introduced to Mongol warriors, Marco Polo, and Kublai Khan. There is a war against Christianity, and the cousins have to find a way through it, and must get a golden tablet from Kublai Khan to keep Mr. Albert free.  As an adult, I wasn’t real familiar with this time period, so it was a learning adventure even for me. Kids need this kind of exploration into the past, and the fact that it’s infused with lessons of friendship and Christian principles makes it all the more valuable. I’m a kid at heart, so I enjoyed reading each of the Imagination Station books, and I applaud the author for making clean, Christian adventure books available to today’s young explorers.
pinkgirlLS More than 1 year ago
I love this series. The earlier books, however, I don't like as much as the later books. This book was about China and Marco Polo. In the later books, you learn more about the historical characters which I liked. This one is more of an adventure story with some real characters thrown in and a bit about their customs. My kids loved the story and were engaged for the whole reading of it.
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
In this exciting story when Patrick and Beth are picked up by the Mongol warriors, they are eventually taken to Kublai Khan’s palace where they find the floors are made of something special. What is it? Then Kublai Khan wants to find out who has the most power: our God or the Mongol shamans. How did Beth prove that the metal pitcher rose off the table for the Chinese lamas because of magnets? What did Patrick and Beth show the Kublai Khan that he liked?
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Peril in the Palace is Patrick and Beth’s third adventure in Mr. Wittaker’s Imagination Station. They are on a quest to get a tablet of Kubli Khan, an ancient Mongolian emperor. Along the way, they meet Marco Polo and his family, outwit some shamans, and encounter giant eagles called rocs. This book is a fun adventure for young kids, written at an easy reading level. The two cousins in the story show bravery by standing up for what they believe in, in front of a disbelieving emperor and his guards. The story shows a bit of what ancient Chinese and Mongolian culture was like through the eyes of children. After the kids complete their quests, there is a cliffhanger ending, leading into the following book.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Another fun book about the Imagination Station and 8 year old cousins Patrick and Beth. This time they have gone to ancient China and learn about Marco Polo, Kublai Khan, Mongol warriors and that Christianity was known and followed by some Mongols even then. Great history with Christian influence for young readers.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Peril in the Palace takes Beth and Patrick to China where they meet Marco Polo. Not our favorite Imagination Station book but it was a fun adventure and we look forward to continue to read the series.   4 stars.
SophiesMindset More than 1 year ago
A good book for young children A good book in the Imagination Station series. Unlike some of the other books in the series, however, this one is not a stand alone - you need to read the book following (if not the books before) to really get the broader storyline. This book didn't seem to carry any "lessons" like some other books in the series do, but everything considered, it's still a good read for young children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for kids who like Ancient China. In this book Patrick and Beth go to China in the 13th century looking for the golden tablet of Kublai Khan. They are rescued from Mongol warriors by Marco Polo. He takes them to see Kublai Khan and when Patrick shows him a windup toy rooster he locks them in prison because he thinks they have power over an evil bird spirit. While Patrick and Beth say farewell to Marco Polo, a girl named Beki slips into the prison cell with them and gives them a golden tablet. They then escape with nails that Mr. Whittaker gave them. Two giant eagles grab them and carry them to their nest. A knight comes to rescue them long enough for them to get into the Imagination Station. They are now in a cave in an unknown time period. My favorite part is where Beth uncovers the shamans tricks. This is a good book for kids ages 8-11. By: Joshua, age 10.
Louisa_May More than 1 year ago
"Peril in the Palace" grabbed our interest from the first and it's full of great cliff-hangers. I love History as much as I love books, and my kids love History, too. I've been reading them great historical non-fiction (try David Adler's picture book series) and great historical fiction since they were tiny. No dry Ferris Bueller-style History lessons for us! "Peril in the Palace" takes place in 13th century China and is actually the 3rd book in the Imagination Station series from Focus on the Family. This book is about real-life explorer Marco Polo and Chinese emperor Kublai Khan. The cover itself gives an accurate description of the book: 2 kids, Beth and Patrick, end up going back to around AD1200 and getting mixed up in a perilous adventure. "Peril in the Palace" delves into the Mongol history of China, the golden tablet of Kublai Khan and so much more... but you'll have to read it to find out the "more"! This series is great, exciting fiction that's sure to peak your kids' interest in History! Highly recommend!
thecraftyhome1 More than 1 year ago
Peril in the Palace is the third in the Imagination Station Series. This is a great series for kids ages 7 and up. They are a great alternative to the Magic Tree House books. I love that we can do a whole study off of them in school. My son recently read this book and here is his synopsis. .Patrick and Beth meet Mr. Whitaker in the workshop at Whit's End.  Mr. Whitaker tells them they have another adventure to do.  They get into the Imagination Station and push the red button.  They find themselves in China.  They turn around and see a bunch of horses riding toward them. The men see them and make the horses run faster.  They pick up Beth and Patrick.  They go on a long ride to the Wall of China.  They go to the other side of the Wall of China.  Then they meet Marco Pollo.  Marco Pollo bring Patrick and Beth to his tent.  Marco Pollo calls his Grandpa and Father.  They tell them they have to go to the Emperor.  They bow to him. The Emperor says, "arise.: Marco Pollo, his Father and Grandpa, and Patrick and Beth give the Emperor presents. A bunch of men come out that the Emperor calls "lambs." Then the lambs put a pitcher on a stool, the men raise their hands, the pitchers goes up in the air.  Then they put a cup on the stool and the pitcher pours wine in the cup.  Beth tells Patrick, "I think they are using magnets under their sleeves."  Then the Emperor says, "What are magnets?" The lambs pulled up their sleeves.  Patrick and Beth saw magnets on their arms.  The lambs put Patrick and Beth in a locked room.  The young woman says she is a Princess.  Patrick and Beth looked in a bag that Mr. Whitaker gave them.  In the bag there was a present.  They asked the Princess if she could read it because it was in a different language.  She could. She opens it and sees a Bible.  The Princess says, "It's written my language." (the Bible)  Patrick and Beth escape.  They see a humongous bird, bigger than them.  Then the humongous birds pick them up and bring them to their nest on a cliff called The Rocks. They see a man running toward them.  The baby birds in the nest try to bite Patrick and Beth but the man hurts the baby birds before they bite them.  Then Beth and Patrick see the Imagination Station and go back to Whit's End. This book prompted many questions about the Great Wall.  We looked up pictures and learned a little bit about it. I love how naturally learning can come when surrounded with good books to feed the mind.  We highly recommend this book and the whole series.
AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Another Fascinating Adventure; The two children have more interesting adventures with historical figures, this time in China. There are scary creatures, and dangers, but they handle everything very well and learn from it. I did not know about the giant birds. The first several stories lead off from each other, but the later stories stand alone. Each book tells the background from the one before, so it doesn't get confusing at all. Young readers will enjoy these very much.
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hannah97 More than 1 year ago
Peril in the Palace by Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker is the third book in the Imagination Station series. The series follows cousins Patrick and Beth in their various adventures in the imagination station. Adventures in Odyssey lover will fall in love with these books. The series is written for younger readers but people of all ages will love the christian values it teaches and enjoy the story.
JlynnW More than 1 year ago
My 8 year old loves these books. We transitioned from the Magic Tree House books to the Imagination Station books. I love the Christian values and foundation this series provides. The history is fun too. It's a nice introduction to different times in history around the world!
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
Cousins Beth & Patrick are on a great adventure, traveling to find Kublai Khan in 1271 - all they need is one of his golden tablets, to save Mr. Whittaker's relative Albert. They get into the Imagination Station (a time machine of sorts), packing some gifts Mr. Whittaker knows they will need, and off they go! When they arrive in China they make several (cultural) mistakes almost immediately, but are quickly saved by Marco Polo (yes, *that* Marco Polo). They travel with Marco and his family to the palace of Kublai Khan. Eventually they meet his granddaughter, Beki, who loves Jesus! It turns out that the gifts that Mr. Whittaker sent are timely and perfect, and they get the tablet they need. There's a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, too.... I am looking forward to seeing more in this series, it was fun! I love the combination of history and fantasy. Well done!
Thursday4 More than 1 year ago
Beth and Patrick are in thirteenth century China and are in pursuit of Kublai Khan. In the process they reveal some slight of hand Shamans are using to impress everyone, meet Marco Polo, and deliver a Chinese Bible to Kublai Khan's daughter. I had a couple beefs with this book. First, Marco Polo is depicted as writing "The Travels of Marco Polo" as a diary of his travels. This is not the case; Polo dictated his travelogue to Rustichello da Pisa while they were in prison together. Second, a mythical bird, the Roc, is depicted as real and plays a crucial part in the storyline. There is no mention of the fact that there is very scant evidence for the existence of this animal outside of Marco Polo's memoir and a mention in Arabian Nights, both of which have doubtful veracity. The Study of history and foreign cultures should be introduced to children at an early age, and sometimes oversimplifying people and events occurs to make this happen. However, there is a difference between oversimplifying and neglecting to tell the facts. I would not recommend that young readers read this by themselves. Some extra adult guidance will be helpful in properly understanding who the historical Kublai Khan and Marco Polo actually were and what they actually did, as well as distinguishing between real and fictional animals.
mommydearestGF More than 1 year ago
I had never read heard of Adventure in Odessy books until reviewing this book. So I was in for a big suprise because this was unlike Junie B Jones, or Fancy Nancy, or Gigi God's little Princess Books that we are used to reading. This had more suspense and more of a history background. In Peril and the Palace Beth helps Mr. Whittaker gather items to help save his friend Albert. Patrick and Beth set out to gather Kublai Khan's golden tablet when they come against fierce Mongol warriors and meet up with Marco Polo who in turns helps save their lives. Peril in the Palace is the third book in the series. It is written for ages 7 and up. I read this to myself and then aloud to my ten year old daughter and she wasn't very interested. I think that this series is more directed toward boys than girls. The book was very well written and included lots of good Christian principles, but I don't think I would read it again because we only have girls in our house. **I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in return for my honest opinion**
Bschackow More than 1 year ago
Peril in the palace is the third book in the imagination station series by Tyndale publishers and focus on the family. The book, peril in the palace is the continuing story of two children given the task to travel thru the past and help save the life of a mysterious man of the past. Their job, go and collect different artifacts thru out time and deliver them to the king, to save the life of an innocent man. The two children face many hardships on the way and many things get in their way but they always pull thru in the end. As they travel thru history they learn all about different parts and people in history along the way. I really enjoyed this book and the others in the series I have also read. They are geared to younger children I still enjoyed reading them and learning more about different parts of history. While getting to travel thru time with the two children and get to feel like you are really there with them. And also getting to experience what they do as they learn more about the history of the world. I would recommend this series of books to younger Christian children. I was not made to write a positive review, only my own opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading books 3 and 4 in the Imagination Station series (Adventures in Odyssey). Following the pattern of both Voyage with the Vikings (#1) and Attack in the Arena (#2), these two books were well-written, value-driven, and great for preteens. In Peril in the Palace (book #3), the cousins Patrick and Beth are transported via the Imagination Station to China during Kublai Khan's reign. During their time there, they meet some famous travelers and engage in their share of danger, just like in the previous two books. The authors fill the book with just enough suspense to keep the pages turning without being scary for young readers. Beth and Patrick both show bravery in doing what's right and standing up for what they believe in. I thought it was interesting to introduce Mongol shamans and to expose their magic tricks for what they really were. However, I wonder if the book is making the matter of witchcraft and spells a little too harmless-looking. In a time where the Wicca religion is rapidly growing, perhaps preteens need a stern warning about steering clear of this evil practice. The length of the books is perfect for readers in the 6-10 range -- providing lots of details and a rapid-pace plot. I think both guys and girls would enjoy this series. I was a little disappointed that book #3 ended in a "To Be Continued..." -- seemed a little gimmicky to me, especially when book #4 didn't seem to really live up to the hype Peril in the Palace seemed to promise. In Revenge of the Red Knight (#4), the cousins find themselves in a cave after jumping in the Imagination Station, hoping to head back to Whit's End. Many of the mysteries from the first three books begin to work themselves loose as new details come to light in this book. New mysteries emerge though with the discovery of a secret room and with the meeting of new characters. Speaking of new characters, this book seemed to have a few too many characters to keep track of. Between the knights, knaves, lords, ladies, and squires -- it was hard to remember who was on what side (of course, this could be due to the fact that I've only been getting three hours of sleep with the additional of our new little one!). This book was filled with it's share of danger and suspense as well, though I don't think it was as well written as the previous three books. It didn't seem to be as much as a page-turner as I was used to experiencing with the other books in this series. Nonetheless, it certainly was worth the read and I would recommend it to any preteen or parent of preteen. For under $5, it's certainly worth buying for your kids! Pick up your copy of Revenge of the Red Knight or Peril in the Palace today! Want to to experience the books for yourself? Head to the Growing Kids Ministry blog and enter the giveaway (ends August 27, 2011). Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of these books. The opinions expressed are my own.
ParisAlexandra More than 1 year ago
Peril in the Palace, book three in The Imagination Sation series, is an exciting read for ages seven and up. Beth and Patrick hop into the Imagination Station and end up in China in 1271. They have been sent there to find the golden tablet of Kublai Khan. Along the way, they meet the famous travelor Marco Polo and get kidnapped by Mongol warriors! I love this series because it's like a Christian version of The Magic Tree House. It's just as exciting, full of historical facts, and it includes the town of Odyssey and Whit's End! The artwork is also wonderful. I loved Beth and Patrick's newest adventure. They are challenged by the Kublai Khan, who asks, "Why doesn't the Christian God destroy your enemies?" and they face the yellow lamas who have tricks up their sleeves, instead of magic. I think kids will love this new book! I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Tyndale House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Bluerosesheart More than 1 year ago
It wasn't until I saw a feature about Imagination Station on the Duggars(I don't remember which season) that I was introduced to Mr. Whitaker and the Adventures on Odyssey. Reading Peril in the Palace was my first adventure in Odyssey, though. It seems to be written for even the youngest of readers. It's very simple and there's pictures throughout the book. I would definitely have all four books ready and waiting. From the looks of this one, they all end with a major cliffhanger. It looks like you can read a couple of the books at The Imagination Station website. There's also activities, so definitely check it out if you're a Odyssey fan. Whit's End is also a page to check out. It has info on the radio shows. I really like that kids can have a fun, adventurous time in these books, and still be learning a bit of history in the process. ""Those costumes are great," Mr. Whitaker said. "You look just like Mongol children." "Did you say mongrel?" Beth asked. "That's what my dog is." Mr. Whitaker smiled. His kind eyes twinkled behind his round glasses. "No, Beth," Mr. Whitaker said. "I said Mon-gol. The Mongols ruled all of China in the thirteenth century. Today their country is called Mongolia.""
theblondehomeschooler More than 1 year ago
The Imagination Station lets you do many wondrous things, like going in to video games, going back in time to be a King, and the like. Oh! Did I mention trying to help your old cousin Albert get priceless treasures from different countries. Kind of important.When that happens you should probably call on your cousins Patrick and Beth. If you don't, then you could find yourself in perilous trouble including (but definitely not limited to), giant eagles, Jail, and Mongolian warriors capturing you. If that isn't enough adventure (which is hard to believe), you still have to save cousin Albert from evil Lord Darkthorn. Yep. Couldn't get much worse. To me, "Peril In The Palace" was a great book filled with intrigue, adventure, and suspense. I had never realized how deceitful the Shamans could be; tricking innocent people into the lie of . As an avid reader, I was able to read this book fairly quickly, which is a good thing. I adored the enormous amounts of suspense in this book, which is another reason I read the book so quickly. Overall, I believe this is a great book for all ages, and I will definitely recommend this to others. Abby Hartwig I received this book from Tyndale Media Publishers, in order that I may honestly review it.
Brigonia More than 1 year ago
In book 3 of the Imagination Station series, cousins Beth and Patrick visit ancient China to search for the golden table of Kublai Khan. They have to find the tablet in order to save Mr. Whittaker's relative Albert whom he met when he traveled back in time to England. During their visit they meet Mongol warriors, Marco Polo, and Kublai Khan. They also see the great wall of China, a Mongol camp, and Shangdu city. The story ends when the cousins go into the time machine and come out in a cave in another time period instead of Mr. Whittaker's workshop. This story was fast paced with lost of action. In the story we learn a little about ancient China and what it would have been like to live there. It was interesting to read about the superstitions of the Mongols and their view of Christianity. The end of the story leaves you wishing for the next book and the conclusion to the mystery of why Albert is in trouble. There is a secret word puzzle included in the back of the book which is a fun reading comprehension exercise. When you type the secret word in at the Imagination Station website you receive a prize. I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a fun adventure story based on Christian values for their young readers to enjoy. The reading level of Peril in the Palace is listed as Grade 2.1. I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Media Center in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion.