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Posted August 31, 2014
I am a big fan of the Imagination Station series. One thing I have always loved the most was that one could read the books out of order, even though it is a series. This is the first one that I thought I might have enjoyed it better having read the previous ones first. However, it is a tiny, tiny, criticism.
This book delivers what all the other ones do, excitement, accurate history, and a great message. Young readers come away with an idea of what life might have been like in 15th-century England. They learn about the Crusades and the courage and bravery of knights. I think this one has even more action that some of the other books in this series, which might appeal more to some young readers.
I love the way the illustrations help to keep younger pre-readers engaged in the story. It makes the book great for independent beginning chapter readers, or for a read-aloud for younger readers.
If you are looking for a Magic Tree House type book with a positive, Christian message, this series is just what you are looking for!
Posted August 20, 2014
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 mystery books when I was a child and wish that good, clean, Christian adventure books like these had been around then. The notes that the cousins find in each of these books spark young readers’ imaginations—something that often gets ignored in today’s children. This series contains invaluable journeys into history.
Revenge of the Red Knight, book four of The Imagination Station series, puts Beth and Patrick in Lord Darkthorn’s castle, back in 15th century England.
This story is reminiscent of the Bible story of Joseph and his brothers, in Genesis 44. It deals with what were believed to be stolen items being found on the cousins and they must either deal with the repercussions or find a way out of them. In the midst of a joust, they find out who the real thief is, and why he did what he did.
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.
Posted August 20, 2014
Posted August 8, 2014
Another great addition to the series (but it has a misleading title ...again!)
Very interesting series (& book!) for young elementary school readers. Deserves 4 stars for what it is, but there is no revenge from the red knight! That's been the most consistent complaint with this series - many books are misleadingly named! I'd knock it down a half star from 4 stars to 3.5 stars because of this if I had the option. The first 5 books (at least) of this series all belong to the same story-arc, so you definitely want to read them in order as they won't make much sense otherwise. This book does have a prologue that brings you up to speed in case you missed a previous book, but the previous books don't have that feature.
Posted August 6, 2014
This is a great mystery story both girls and boys will enjoy, for it takes place in the era of knights, castles, and jousting. How did James and Patrick get free and why did they crawl behind hedges to get to the door of the castle? When the red knight lost the joust of peace, what did he do that was unfair? Who had been stealing the treasures?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2014
This time the cousins Patrick and Beth have gone straight from Ancient Mongolia to Old England around the time of the War of the Roses. I love how each of the Imagination Station books gives enough background in the prologue to make each book stand alone. This time the cousins learn about knighthood, how knights weren’t always chivalrous and noble, and then more about the on-going Imagination Station story. I love this series!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2014
My girls love listening to these books. This book and the earlier ones in the series aren't my favorite. The beginning books are written as a series so they continue the stories in the next book. I liked the later books in the series that were just written as stand alone adventure stories. The later books also talked about the read life characters in the stories. This one doesn't say at the end that is was based on any true story at all. I think it was just a great, make believe adventure. I like the stories that were based on true adventures. But all in all, this was still a great fiction story for kids.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 22, 2014
Who hasn't dreamed of being a knight, jousting and rescuing damsels in distress? Or being the rescued damsel? In the fourth Imagination Station book, Patrick and Beth encounter the Red Knight, a potential thief, and learn a bit about honor and integrity in the process. Out of all the books I've read in this series, this one is my favorite so far. I love the way history comes to life in the books, with a little find tinkering courtesy of the Imagination Station and our two young travelers. This series is ideal for entertainment, education, and just plain fun.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 3, 2014
In Revenge of the Red Knight, Patrick and Beth get caught up in the middle of Lancasters and Yorks. They, also, run into the scoundrel, who makes an appearance in other Imagination Station books. This isn't one of my favorite stories of the series but still enjoyed it.
Posted June 26, 2014
This book is where Patrick and Beth are accidentally sent by the imagination station to 15th century England. They will cheer on Sir Andrew as he takes on the red knight in a joust of honor. My favorite part is where Patrick and Beth shield the fallen Sir Andrew from harm from the red knight. Master Hugh is a crook who Patrick and Beth will try to catch in future books. He has been stealing Lord Darkthorn's treasures to sell. This is a good book for people who like knights and battleWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2014
This 4th book in the Imagination Station series takes place during medieval England. Two kids, Beth and Patrick, end up on an adventure where they meet a good knight, a bad knight, and Lord Darkthorn, whose treasures have been stolen. This book is written at a 2nd grade reading level, but even I was captured with the story! Definitely a page turner with a surprise ending. My children and I have read all of the Imagination Station books in order up to Revenge of the Red Knight. You could read them alone, but the story is a continuing one and I highly recommend starting with the 1st in the series, Voyage With the Vikings. As a homeschooling mom, I use these as part of my history curriculum. Yes, historical fiction may be a bit unorthodox, but it grabs my children's interest, real-life characters are featured in these books, and the authors stick as close to possible to real life events as can be expected with 2nd graders historical fiction. This is my favorite series for this age level and I couldn't recommend it more highly!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 24, 2014
Beth and Patrick are dropped into 15th century England to deliver the three artifacts they collected to rescue a friend. During their whirlwind tour they visit a castle, are accused of being thieves, thrown in jail, identify the real thief, watch a jousting contest and since they taking a journey in the imagination station don't hang around long.
Posted June 21, 2014
Exciting and Fun. The kids are transported to the time of the knights, where they meet the challenges admirably. The castle is described beautifully, and the adventures are thrilling. This series is age appropriate and very well done.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2014
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Posted August 25, 2012
The Imagination Station book 4, Revenge of the Red Knight By Marianne
Hering, Paul McCusker is a great read. The series follows cousins
Patrick and Beth in their various adventures in the imagination station.
The series is written for younger readers but people of all ages will
love the christian values it teaches and enjoy the story.
Posted August 17, 2012
once again, Imagination Station doesn't dissapoint. My kids (8 & 5)
and I have had fun this summer reading through some of the Imagination
Station books. They love that they feature a boy AND a girl. I love
the Christian values and history they introduce. Well done!
Posted July 16, 2012
Beth and Patrick finally receive some answers to the mystery which has had them chasing treasure across time and across the globe.
The historical setting is just before the war of the roses, and references are made to the House of Lancaster and the House of York. This is how the book gets its title - from the red and white roses.
As always with this series, I recommend some extra reading/research before just handing these book over to young readers to ensure that they understand the historical period they are being introduced to. In the course of the narrative, it can be difficult for them to discern the fictional characters from the historical ones.
Otherwise a highly enjoyable chapter book, suitable for ages 6+. I always look forward to reading them.
Posted August 15, 2011
In Peril in the Palace, Beth and Patrick had been transported by the Imagination Station to an unknown time and place. Now, in Revenge of the Red Knight, they must find a thief and get back home. This exciting adventure includes a wounded knight, stolen treasures, and jousting tournaments. Will Beth and Patrick be able to find the thief before Albert is locked up in Lord Darkthorn's tower? And will they ever make it back home to Odyssey?
I loved this fourth book in the Imagination Station series. Beth had a bigger role in this book and has to find Patrick by herself after he was taken away from being accused as a thief. I liked seeing her character grow more in this story. There was also a surprise in the jousting tournament - the red knight is not who you think he is! Also, there is a chance for Beth and Patrick to get home by using Mr. Whittaker's ring, but it's snatched away by the bad guy! Now they must get it back before it's used to cause all kind of trouble in the past.
Posted August 12, 2011
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!
Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of these books. The opinions expressed are my own.