Just like the other Imagination Station books, this one is awesome! This is the second in a sub-series revolving around the Revolutionary War. We read this book as part of a homeschool unit study on the American Revolution. Like the other Imagination Station books, this had all of my kids (ages 6, 9, and 10) on the edge of their seats--I read this series aloud to my 6 year old while my 9 and 10 year olds read them silently (mainly b/c they can't wait to see what happens next!) My oldest daughter devoured this book in one day and she can't wait to read the next--Surprise at Yorktown!
I read The Imagination Station: Captured on the High Seas by Marianne Hering and Nancy Sanders. Focus on the Family does another great job with an adventure story in this book. We meet the two heroes as they are on their way back home, but suddenly get thrown into another adventure.
The story takes place at sea during the American Revolution where our two heroes are captured by the British and taken to a slave ship. Along the way, they try to frustrate the British Navy any way they can. One neat aspect to the story is our heroes meeting two other people who are real characters from American history. The book gives a clear picture of what life was like for the captured during this time.
This book is a quick read and part of a series that children will enjoy. My daughter read the book, and she really enjoyed it!(Reviewed by B.Lyles)
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher, Tyndale House, in exchange for our honest review. No compensation was received for this review.
Do you have a 7-9 year old? Then here is an adventure they will enjoy. Captured on the High Seas is an Imagination Station story about cousins Patrick and Beth. Mr. Whittaker, owner of Whit's End and inventor of the Imagination Station, sent the children to Massachusetts to meet Paul Revere. But on their way back to Whit's End, a musket ball damaged the time machine and they were accidentally sent to a ship. It looked as if they were still in the Revolutionary War era.
Patrick and Beth met James on the ship. He showed them around and then put them to work. Patrick became a powder monkey like James while Beth assisted the cook in the galley. Just as they were adjusting to their new duties, their ship was attacked and captured by a British war ship. The young people experienced many hardships and adventures before the Imagination Station picked them up again.
This book is perfect for high interest, young reading level readers. It is a chapter book that is at about second or third grade reading level. Chapters average three to four pages each, and sentence structure has an average of 6-8 words. Younger children would love being read to, since the action is virtually non-stop.
History comes alive in this book and series; some readers may be interested to learn that the James Forten Patrick and Beth meet was a real person. Some of the events he lived through mentioned in this book really happened to him, even his imprisonment on a modified ship docked in the harbor.
All throughout the book, good character qualities are demonstrated and lived out, not preached about. For example, when James is given an opportunity to escape by hiding in the officer's trunk, he sacrificed his chance by urging a young child suffering from scurvy to take his place. I highly recommend this book for children who love reading about adventures, especially ones that really happened.
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Captured on the High Seas is the 14th book in The Imagination Station series. It is part of a group of them that have an overarching story line that revolves around the time of the revolutionary war. This sub series starts with book 13 and will continue on in this and at least the next book which hasn't come out yet (as of the time of this post). Beth and Patrick end up being shot at as they are leaving in the Imagination Station in book thirteen. The musket ball causes their trip to take them to a revolutionary warship instead of back to Whit's End. The learn what live is like for the sailors and end up being taken as prisoners of war.
This book series is a fabulous substitute for the hugely popular Magic Treehouse books. If you are looking for something that can help your kids learn about history but from a Biblical perspective and without the magic this is the series for you. My 9 year old loves them but they are more at a 1st-2nd grade reading level. I highly recommend getting this whole series for your children.
These books are written with good lessons for kids. They have danger and thrills, and frightening scenes, in addition to the moral lessons. This might inspire some kids but scare others. Mostly, if the reader understands the risky scenarios, they are just fun to read and find out how the two adventurers make their narrow escapes. They are fiction, but the stories can send readers to other resources to find out more about the history. This story includes ships in battle with cannons. The vermin ridden ships and the nasty food (creepy!) are realistically described. Kids will enjoy the thrilling action.