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Posted April 15, 2014
Will have next part at the book before Attack on the Arena. <p>
So, Sam wasn't a boy. <p>
Sam was a girl from Old London, part of a group of people that were formed in the city by Lou and Samantha themselves, and though they were children when they were brought together, they seemed to take the gang very seriously. Even though their residence was atop a building used for drying laundry, and they had a small shack built by one of the members for shelter in bad weather, they dealt with eachother as if army mates, yet still acted like best friends. I found it slightly humourous that Louis had a friend like her, too. Well, I mean, of course he'd had friends that were girls, but none like HER. <p>
She was tall and muscley, though thin with model-status features. Half her head was shaved, and the hair she did have cascaded in rough but beautiful layers down one shoulder. Her ears had several piercings, and her grungy hipster style said everything her attitude didn't. <p>
"You must be Skylar," she'd snapped right off the bat, glancing me up and down with a disapproving stare. But then she'd smiled, as though she'd changed her mind, and stuck a hand out to me. I shook it carefully, feeling her long fingers curl around my hand firmly. She'd relaxed, gazing lazily with her untelling brown eyes, and I could tell that she knew what she was doing and that she knew that I knew what she was doing. She was calculated, but laid back. I think I liked her, but I wasn't sure yet. <p>
And then she'd turned to Lou and morphed into some sort of bubbly, sweet girl, smothering him in a hug and bursting into chatter about things I didn't understand. <p>
The others were interesting as well. There was Trent, a tall, shy boy with very large muscles; Miller, a witty, quick girl who was obviously into dance and literature; Blake, a spontaneous blond kid with a carefree attitude that made you forget he wasn't really your best friend; and Kate, sister to Blake, also blond, a daredevil with a bright personality. And lastly, there was Lyle, the boy who'd distracted the soldier so Lou and I could get away. He hadn't returned yet, but no one was concerned– he'd done this before. <p>
I think I liked them and their hide out, but my mind was too focused on Grandmum. I'd just left her, without a second glance. I kept suffering waves of guilt, and I suddenly wanted my cat and my books more than anything in the world. <br>
Lou was conversing with his old friends again, and they were taking on a more serious note. I tuned in from where I sat on an empty crate against the shack wall, my eyes wandering from face to face where they were circled just in front of me. <br>
"...Lou, we've been surveying victims for the passed year," it was Miller. "We're certain of it. Whatever's happening to their subjects isn't a good thing." <p>
"But Mil," argued Lou. "With my grandmum and her ideas–" <p>
"Lou, you know it's hopeless," Trent sighed sadly. "We don't know what exactly they're planning, but Sammie's had ideas." <p>
Sam nodded, grimacing as her gaze flicked to Lou. "Sorry, kid. But they won't spare your mum and grandmum for that little a deal." <p>
Louis sighed, as if expecting this answer, rubbing his eyes. "...Agh, I know..."
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.
Posted July 23, 2011
In book four which also concludes the mystery of where the notes are coming from and why Albert is in danger, Beth and Patrick find themselves in ancient England. Once again, they face danger and adventure but are able to help Albert and fund out who is sending the notes to the imagination station.
Through the story children can experience what it would have been like to live in the time of knights and castles.
My children enjoy the imagination station books and can't wait to get their hands on Revenge of the Red Knight. I like the books because they mix history, Christian values, and adventure in a child friendly story. As with the other books there is a secret word puzzle at the back of the book which is a fun reading comprehension exercise. The secret word is a code which your child can enter at TheImaginationStation dot com to receive a prize.
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion.
Posted June 27, 2011
Book 4 in the series is packed with action adventure as the cousins find themselves in trouble in England. As they search for the stolen treasures they finally get to meet Albert and along the way face much danger! But the adventure isn't over yet! Mr. Whitaker is left to solve another mystery that I am sure will lead to more adventures for Patrick and Beth. *I received this book compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for purposes of this review, however all opinions are my own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2011
In this fourth book, eight-year-old cousins, Beth and Patrick, are in 15th century England at Lord Darkthorn's. Patrick and James are taken to the stocks by Lord Darkthorn's steward, Hugh. Meanwhile Beth learns who has been taking the artifacts from the three previous adventures. Beth and Patrick finally meet Albert and Sir Andrew jousts with Hugh, for the freedom of the kids. Will Patrick and Beth make it back to Whit's End? Our Experience: B and C were very excited to get Revenge of the Red Knight book. We used it for our nighttime story and for our daily reading as well. The kids couldn't wait to read more. B and C love reading Christian books. The book was exciting with two young children venturing through time and space. What I Liked: B and C were very eager to have it read to them. It was easy enough B could have read it to himself or to his sister. The importance of honor, justice, prayer, and fair jousting. What I Disliked: Not enough of a historical background. What B (boy, age seven, second grade in the fall) Liked and Disliked: I loved Revenge of the Red Knight. Why? Sir Andrew is a good knight. He is the same knight who saved Beth and Patrick in Peril in the Palace. There was a tournament against Hugh and Roderick, because Hugh wanted to lock people in Lord Darkthorn's tower, which he could not do. I think this book is good for kids my age to read to themselves or to have someone read to them. What C (girl, age five, kindergarten in the fall) Liked and Disliked: It was good, good, good. It was fun to learn about knights. Sir Andrew had the ring for the Imagination Station. At the beginning of the book the kids were in a cave full of bats instead of going to Whit's End. It is good for kids my age. Would I Recommend: I would highly recommend Revenge of the Red Knight. It should be in every library. Disclaimer: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 25, 2014
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Posted June 5, 2013
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