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Tyndale House Adventures in Odyssey Passages ® Series #3: Annison's Risk

Maddy Nichols keeps dreaming of Princess Annison, and as the princess implores her to come and help her, Maddy promises that she will and every time she wakes up. Maddy is playing hide and seek one day when she realizes that she is no longer under the porch, or even in Odyssey. She, somehow, has ended up in a strange country called Marus. Maddy must help Annison and the "Old Faith" followers as there is a plot to wipe them out by the king's evil chancellor, Lord Hector. Will Annison give up her life to save her kingdom and her people?
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Customer Reviews for Adventures in Odyssey Passages ® Series #3: Annison's Risk
Review 1 for Adventures in Odyssey Passages ® Series #3: Annison's Risk
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Good Read for Young Readers

Date:July 7, 2014
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Location:Pennsylvania
Age:25-34
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Passages: Annison’s Risk is a good retelling of the book of Esther for young readers. In the book, Maddy is playing hide and seek when she finds herself in another world: Marus. She befriends Annison, who has just married the king of Marus and while living with the princess, she overhears a sinister plan by Lord Hector, who is one of the king’s advisors. After Annison finds out about the plot, Maddy is used as a message-bearer between Annison and her adopted father, Simet. In order to save an entire race of people, Annison, Maddy, and Simet must risk their lives and work together to save their people from Lord Hector. But, will they succeed? This is a great book for kids because not only does it tell a popular story from the Bible in a manner that a child will understand, but it will also captivate their attention will doing it.
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Review 2 for Adventures in Odyssey Passages ® Series #3: Annison's Risk
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Interesting retelling of the biblical story Esther

Date:June 30, 2014
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Jessica Bates
Age:25-34
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From the publisher's website: "A game of hide-and-seek takes Maddy Nicholaivitch to Marus, where she is taken in by a beautiful princess who has just married the conquering king. After overhearing the secret plans of the king’s most trusted advisor, Maddy must decide if her loyalty to the princess is worth the price of her life. Based on the biblical story of Esther, Annison’s Risk takes readers on a journey with a queen who is willing to risk her life in order to save her people. Any fan of Tolkien will appreciate this fantasy story, and with a new cover and interior graphics, it’s better than ever!"
I had a bit of trouble getting into this book right away. But once I did, I found it to be an interesting and more modern "retelling" of the Bible story Esther. There were several graphic allusions to violence and execution. I think this book for a slighter older reader, teen and up maybe. I liked the book.
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Review 3 for Adventures in Odyssey Passages ® Series #3: Annison's Risk
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Date:June 26, 2014
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Cassandra
Location:Maine
Age:18-24
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I enjoyed reading this story, although it was probably intended for younger audiences. This story, as well as the others in The Passages series, gave me a new perspective on an old familiar event.
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Review 4 for Adventures in Odyssey Passages ® Series #3: Annison's Risk
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Wonderful Story

Date:June 13, 2014
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Location:High Desert West
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This is a delightful story in a great series. The dreamy young girl who reads a lot of fairy tales reminds me of a young me. Her adventures are fascinating. The story parallels a Bible story, with differences creatively woven in. The alternate land or kingdom is lovely. The dangers are very realistic, but written with sensitivity to a young girl’s viewpoint. The solutions are beautifully done. This third book does not depend on the others; it is complete in itself. I would recommend it, especially to young readers.
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Review 5 for Adventures in Odyssey Passages ® Series #3: Annison's Risk
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very creative and well-written

Date:June 9, 2014
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Leeann
Location:CdA, ID
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I love this series from Paul McCusker. The stories are so well-written and so adventure packed. I read them to my 2-8 yr old girls. I truly enjoy the stories, too. Each one is based on a Bible story, and it is fun to see how quickly you can figure out what story it is. I highly recommend this book and the entire series!
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Review 6 for Adventures in Odyssey Passages ® Series #3: Annison's Risk
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Great Retelling of the Story of Esther

Date:July 26, 2012
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The beginning of the book has a note to parents from Focus on the Family which states in part " [This] series has been designed to retell Bible stories in such a new and creative way that young readers will be able to experience them as if for the first time. [...] Because familiarity can dull the impact of an oft told tale. By "dressing up" the biblical stories in a new set of "clothes", we hope to release their inherent power in new ways ... and change young lives in the process."
This book absolutely succeeds in the above statement. Not only is the story of Esther retold in a different setting (the fictional land of Marus), but contextual information and ideas are given in a way similar to a Biblical commentary. The point is made that the story of Esther is not so much a fairy tale about a Queen and a King who ultimately live happily ever after, but about the struggle between ideas and those who wield them.
This book is well written, especially for children's literature. The back cover recommends it for ages 10 and up, but I would lower that age to 8 if the child is an advanced reader. Most importantly, Parents choosing this book for their children should make sure to discuss the differences between the novel and the Biblical account of Esther. Some details may get muddied. Otherwise this is a great read I would recommend in a heart beat.
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Review 7 for Adventures in Odyssey Passages ® Series #3: Annison's Risk
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Epic - A must read

Date:June 16, 2012
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hannah97
Location:Cottonwood, CA
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Annison's Risk is the third book in the Passages series. It's the retelling of Esther. I loved this because it made the Bible story new and exciting for someone who heard it before. It also has some familiar characters if your a fan of the radio series, Adventures in Odyssey.
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