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Adventure in Odyssey The Imagination Station® Series #2: Attack at the Arena
Tyndale House / 2010 / Paperback
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The adventure continues! Join cousins Beth and Patrick as they travel through time to fifth-century Rome to locate a missing silver cup. After returning to Whit's after finding the Viking sunstone, another letter is left this time requesting a silver cup that belongs to a monk. If found, this cup may prevent the mysterious Albert from being imprisoned.
Emperor Honorius is hosting a gladiator battle at the Roman Colosseum in honor of a war victory. Beth attends as a slave and Patrick attends as a monk's apprentice, until he is taken prisoner and sent to fight in the arena. While in Rome, the cousins meet Telemachus, a monk that believes fighting is wrong and who is willing to give up his life to stop the killing.
When Beth and Patrick find the cup and return to their time, a new letter is waiting for them with information on the mysterious Albert's fate.
At the Roman Colosseum, Emperor Honorius is hosting a gladiator battle in celebration of a war victory. Beth attends the event as the emperors slave; Patrick attends as a monks apprentice but is taken prisoner and sent to fight in the arena. During their adventure, the cousins meet Telemachus (a true historical figure), a monk who believes that fighting is wrong. Telemachus is willing to risk everythingeven his lifeto stop the killing. When the cousins return with the cup, they find that a third letter has been sent with more information about Alberts fate.
Once again the Imagination Station at Whit's End sends Beth and Patrick on a time machine adventure. In book 1, these two tried to help the mysterious Albert by visiting the Vikings. In Attack at the Arena, they search for a puzzling silver cup needed to save Albert. Beth and Patrick's adventures take them to Rome during the era of the first Christians. Beth is captured by a Roman soldier as they seek to take a message to the Emperor. Based very firmly on history, Bible morals, and the teaching of reading skills, this book closes with some puzzles drawn from the story.
Attack at the Arena is book 2 in Focus on the Familys Adventures in Odyssey Imagination Station series. This series is written to engage and enhance the literary skills of ages 7 and up. Prolific writer of articles and books for young people, Marianne Hering knows well how to engage young readers. Award winning author and creator of the Father Gilbert Mysteries, Paul McCosker adds his know-how to these stories. An exciting chapter book with characters young people will find believable and interesting, Attack at the Arena, will fit well into the reading curriculum for both home-schoolers and classrooms. The words will challenge 7-year-olds, but the story interest will keep them engaged in the reading. Older students will enjoy reading this book and be able to draw ideas from such activities as book discussions, journaling, and story mapping. Because of the mysterious Albert who needs help and the terrible Lord Darkthorn who is Albert's nemesis, readers will look forward to the next book in this series. Donna Eggett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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