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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: TYNDALE (28 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589976282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589976283
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 692,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick and Beth learn that Mr. Whittaker's fancy ring can be seen inside the Imagination Station but not outside of the machine. A mysterious letter leads the cousins to fifth-century Rome in search of a special cup that belongs to a monk. If found,

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I started looking for a series of books which were Christian but also would draw my 5yr old son in. I found many good reviews for imagination station series and so we started reading them. The first book was really excellent. This second one took me a bit by surprise, possibly because I did not get a chance to read it before I read it to my son. I think it is a really great book for showing your child the challenges of life as a Christian in ancient Rome and teaching some fascinating history and showing real faith in action. I probably shouldn't have therefore been surprised at the content of this book but I did think my slightly sensitive 5yr old son was probably not ready to hear the details of barbaric gruesome Rome and the things that go on in the Arena. My son can find peril and danger a bit scary so maybe it was just him but I had to skim over some of the descriptions as a felt they were too graphic and detailed for his age, in doing this I felt it took away a bit from the power of the story. So I would certainly recommend the book but I would read it yourself before passing it to your child, especially if they are a bit sensitive to things that are gruesome. This is perhaps best for the 7+ age group. I will be reading all the next books before I read them to my son, at least for the next couple of years.
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Entertaining, Educational, Exciting 24 Mar. 2011
By M & S Scales - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Patrick, Beth, and Mr. Whittaker receive another mysterious letter through Mr. Whittaker's invention, the Imagination Station. It says, "The Roman's monk silver cup is missing." This time they are going to ancient Rome and ....the arena! So, begins book #2 of the AIO Imagination Station Books, Attack at the Arena.

We paused our home schooling to read this book. So, I thought I would share input from my girls. My 7 year old daughter said, "I loved it! I wish we could visit Mr. Whittaker and his Imagination Station!" My 5 year old daughter said "You should really read, because you'll like it! My favorite person in the story is Beth." My 4 year old daughter said that she liked the story but thought it needed more pictures! We also enjoyed looking online for the extra information about Rome, the coloring pictures, and other family activities. There is even a prize, if you figure out the secret word.

We want to thank Focus on the Family for Adventures in Odyssey! We have been continually impressed with the quality of the audio production and now the book series. We can't wait for the third book, Peril in the Palace!

(Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
great read! 3 Jun. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An awesome series for my 5 year old and 8 year old. Our first Christian fiction series for them and it's a great pick. We can't wait to read more!
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Love This Series 10 July 2014
By Mikeylynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have gone backward in this series but this second book is really interesting! I don't know much about this time in history with the Roman Colosseum or gladiator battles but this book puts Patrick and Beth right in the middle of things again. I think my favorite part about this book is the strong stand of faith that Telemachus makes. While history blurs a little on what happened at that point in time, he stood up for his faith in God.

This series is pretty good and great for kids.

Highly recommend!
Another Great Installment! 18 July 2011
By Jennifer Bogart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Our family really enjoys The Imagination Station series of historically based early chapter books for emerging readers. After reading the first book (which focused on the famous Vikings Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky) we were eager to get started with the second book - Attack at the Arena. With a Flesch-Kincaid grade level of 2.3, this was an easy read alone for my eight-year-old and an eagerly anticipated read aloud for my five-year old.

Once again cousins Patrick and Beth are sent backwards in time courtesy of the Imagination Station, where they encounter life in ancient Rome as they search for the monk's cup. Dressed in the clothing of a slave girl Beth is seized and taken to the palace of the emperor Honorius while Patrick - clothed in monk garments - is claimed as a fellow man of the cloth by the monk Telemachus.

In some ways, Attack at the Arena is even more exciting for me than Voyage with the Vikings in that it covers a notable event in Christian history that is little covered. Whether actual or legendary, it is hard to say, but the story of Telemachus and his intervention in the blood-filled Roman gladiatorial games is a moving example of courage and following God's leading nonetheless.

The only thing I would change is the historical order of the books in the series. I would love it if the books were in chronological order as the series progresses. Instead each book seems to be a rather random historical event though they do build on each other in terms of advancing the quest to save Mr. Whitaker's long-ago relative Albert.

For only $5 each, these early readers are an excellent value and filled with adventurous, cliff-hanging chapters that keep children moving at a rapid clip. Simply written with an enthralling plot line, I highly recommend this series for building interest in self-directed reading!
An alternative to The Magic Treehouse series 4 Jun. 2011
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The second in the new Imagination Station series, Attack at the Arena, does a better job of living up to the Magic Tree House books it so closely emulates. In this volume, young Patrick and Beth travel back in time to ancient Rome, searching for a monk's silver cup to help the mysterious Albert, known only through letters that appear suddenly in the Imagination Station.

The kids quickly part ways when a Roman solider carries Beth away, saying she's dressed as a slave of the emperor. Patrick ends up with a kindly monk who tries to help save a "barbarian" war captive fleeing Roman soldiers. Unfortunately, it isn't until the barbarian takes the monk's hidden silver cup that Patrick realizes this is the exact object he must obtain before heading home.

In the meantime, Beth finds herself tending the young, haughty emperor's bird menagerie. And when it's time to see war prisoners die in the arena, the emperor takes his birds along - and Beth, to tend to them. Through an unfortunate turn of events, Patrick ends up in the arena with the war captives. But the monk Patrick befriended not only wants to help Patrick and Beth, he says God spoke to him in a dream and told him to go to the arena that day. He even gets Beth to deliver a message to the emperor: "Are you a Christian?"

The emperor is angry about this question; of course he's a Christian! By law, the emperor must be Christian. The monk points to the silver chalice the emperor is drinking from - and stole from the barbarian. "Your Highness is drinking from a holy chalice," the monk says. "You now use it to salute death." When the emperor asks why he should stop the games his people demand, the monk replies: "Because you say you follow Christ, the bread of life."

The emperor sees the error of his ways, but the games aren't easily stopped. In the end, it's Beth and the birds she cares for that save the lives of the war captives - and Patrick.

Silver cup in hand, Patrick and Beth head home. Mr. Whittaker, the owner of the Imagination Station, tells the kids no one is sure what became of the monk, but that history shows there were no more bloody arena games after he confronted the emperor. And their next trip? Mr. Whittaker has answers about that, too. They will soon be off to China, to seek a golden tablet.

What I Like: Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker's Attack at the Arena is considerably more action packed than the first book in the Imagination Station series (Voyage with the Vikings). The story also seems more fleshed out and does a better job of revealing Christian history. Both my 5 year old and I agree this book is the best in the series so far.

What I Dislike: My only real complaint is that David Hohn's drawings of the children - and especially of Beth - are weirdly thin. The last thing I want is to expose my daughter to are more images of too-thin females. Those who love the Magic Tree House books should also realize Attack at the Arena is longer than the original MTH books, has fewer illustrations, and has no facts listed at the end of the book.

Overall Rating: Very Good.

Kristina Seleshanko, Christian Children's Book Review
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