Attack at the Arena is the second in the Imagination Station Series. This is a great series for kids ages 7 and up. They are a great alternative to the Magic Tree House books. I love that we can do a whole study off of them in school. My son recently read this book and here is his synopsis.
First Beth and Patrick went to Whit's End to see Mr. Whitaker. Then Mr. Whitaker tells them they have another adventure to do. They go on the adventure in the Imagination Station. They push the red button which starts up the Imagination Station. After they push the button and get out they find themselves in the sand. They turn around and see a tiger. They see a man by a door. The tiger gets in the running position but doesn't run. Patrick and Beth run to the man by the door. Then the tiger starts to run after them. Patrick and Beth reach the door. They go inside. They find themselves in the arena. The soldiers catch them cause they think they are slaves. One soldier picked up Beth on his shoulder. Four other soldiers get Patrick. The soldiers and Patrick start going out of the arena. A Monk says, "I've been looking for you." The soldiers let Patrick go with the Monk. then Patrick and the monk go on a walk. Patrick sees a cave. Patrick says, "Is that your house?" The monk says, "Yes, that is where I stay." They went into the cave. They sat down and cooked a chicken. They ate the chicken. Patrick went to sleep after that. Beth finds herself in a room. A man walks in and says, "Do you like birds?" Beth says "Kind of." Good. I have some birds you can feed. What's your name?" said the man. "My name is Beth," said Beth. He was some kind of man that sat on the throne. He was a young man. The young man leads Beth to a room full of birds. She feeds them. They young man leads Beth to a cage and puts some of the birds in it. Patrick and the monk go to the arena. They go into the arena to find Beth. They get thrown into a place where the people are forced to play the games. The games are people trying to stay alive fighting the lions, tigers, and bears. The monk tries to find a seat when Patrick goes tot he place where the men get ready to fight. Patrick sees Beth in a cage of birds. They send the lions, tigers, and bears into the middle of the arena. The soldiers send out the men to fight the animals. Patrick escapes out of the arena. The soldiers send out the men to fight the animals. Patrick escapes out of the arena. Patrick goes to the cage of birds. He gets Beth out. The games are done. Beth and Patrick leave the arena. They find the imagination stations when they get out of the arena and go back to Whit's End.
This is a great book to help introduce yoru children to persecution. I can't recommend these books highly enough!
This book is about Patrick and Beth's second mission to save Albert. In this story Patrick and Beth go to Ancient Rome. I like this book because it has Roman History and facts. My favorite part is where Aldric throws Patrick to the beam holding the nets to protect the emperor. I think it's a good book for kids between ages 8-11. Joshua, age 10
I purchased this book and book #1 for my son and he really likes them. He has asked me to purchase more for him. They are a good read and not too difficult for his age/reading ability. He loves the facts and history contained in them and I love that it is faith based. There are not many faith based series for boys of this age. We will definitely be buying more.
Another day, another mysterious letter, another adventure for the team of Beth and Patrick as they continue their quest to help keep Mr. Whittaker's friend safe - wherever in time or space he may be. This letter requests that the cousins retrieve a special cup. Of course, it's not quite that simple.
They get separated and forced to face their own set of challenges alone. Beth must adjust to life as a slave for the emperor and Patrick, dressed as a monk, stays close to Telemachus an actual monk. This action-packed episode keeps you flipping the pages as if you're trying to cool off and culminates in a great lesson of standing up for what you believe regardless of the consequences. The climax is reminiscent of the Biblical account of Esther, or Nathan confronting King David. Another hit for the series and it leaves you ready for the next book.
Another quick read and enjoyable story for younger readers and fans of Magic Tree House or Secrets of Droon books who are looking for (or at least don't mind) a Christian twist