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Which door would you go through to save the world?

David, Xander, and Toria King never know what new adventures--and dangers--await them beyond the mysterious portals hidden on the top floor of their new house. They have battled gladiators and the German army, dodged soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, and barely escaped a fierce attack in their own home.

Still they are no closer to finding their mother, who was pulled by powerful forces through a portal and lost in time.

Their only hope is to turn the tables on Taksidian, the menacing stranger who wants them out of the house so he can use it for his own twisted purposes.

But everything changes when a trip into the near future reveals the devastating outcome of Taksidian's schemes--a destroyed city filled with mutant creatures. It is only then that the Kings realize what they're really fighting for--the fate of humanity itself.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. Keal talks about doing what's right. How do we distinguish right from wrong? Have you ever done something you thought was right, only to find out later it was the wrong thing to do? What did you do about it?
     
  2. If you could go back in time and change something in the past, what would it be? If you could meet anyone from history, who would it be? Why? What do you think you'd learn or gain from the experience?
     
  3. The Kings have faced all sorts of dangers and endured all kinds of injuries, yet they keep pressing on--all for the sake of rescuing Mom. Have you ever wanted something so badly, you've continued going for it, even when it seemed everything was against your getting it? From where did you find the strength to carry on? What was the outcome? Have you ever given up and then later wish you hadn't?
     
  4. To stay in the house and find Mom, the Kings are learning to be tough and figure things out. Can you see ways in which each of the family members have changed since coming to Pinedale? In what ways? What situation have you gone through that changed you, how you think of things, handle things?
     
  5. Clayton is a typical bully: He made fun of David in class, threatened to beat him up, and chased him through locker 119 into the house. David finally got the upper hand, scaring Clayton and taking a picture of him crying. But in Timescape, David tries to make amends. Why do you think he tried to make peace with Clayton? Have you ever been picked on by a bully? What happened? What do you think is the best way to handle bullies? Have you ever been a bully yourself? How did it make you feel?
     
  6. David and Xander often gear themselves up for action by saying "Strong and courageous!" This is an exhortation used many times in the Bible, such as Chronicles 22:13: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. What is your favorite Bible verse? Why? Do you have any saying you tell yourself when you have to do something brave or difficult?
     
  7. Xander wants to press on despite being exhausted. Do you agree with Keal's argument that sleep isn't a break from going after a goal--it is an essential part of achieving that goal? When was the last time you were forced to sleep even though a strong desire to do something made you not want to?
     
  8. What do you think Taksidian is doing that caused the destruction of Los Angeles--and presumably the rest of the world? What can the Kings do to prevent it?
     
  9. The Kings finally go on the offensive to protect themselves from Taksidian? Why do you think Dad went along with Xander's plan to tail Taksidian? Do agree with the saying, "The best defense is a strong offense?" What does that mean to you? Give an example of a time when you went on the offensive to defend yourself.
     
  10. Which one of the "worlds" the Kings have visited so far is your favorite? Why?
     

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Timescape, Robert Liparulo
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Which door would you go through to save the world?

David, Xander, and Toria King never know what new adventures--and dangers--await them beyond the mysterious portals hidden on the top floor of their new house. They have battled gladiators and the German army, dodged soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, and barely escaped a fierce attack in their own home.

Still they are no closer to finding their mother, who was pulled by powerful forces through a portal and lost in time.

Their only hope is to turn the tables on Taksidian, the menacing stranger who wants them out of the house so he can use it for his own twisted purposes.

But everything changes when a trip into the near future reveals the devastating outcome of Taksidian's schemes--a destroyed city filled with mutant creatures. It is only then that the Kings realize what they're really fighting for--the fate of humanity itself.

More Information

Length 320 Pages
Series Dreamhouse Kings
Publication Date November 30, 2010
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595548939
ISBN-13 9781595548931
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"