Focus on the Family presents The Imagination Station, a juvenile
chapter book series recommended for ages 7 and up. Much like the
secular Magic Tree House series, the Imagination Station series
has characters that go back in time to solve mysteries and meet
real historical figures.
In the first book, Voyage with the Vikings, Mr. Whittaker,
Odyssey's friendly yet slightly enigmatic inventor, finds a strange
letter inside the Imagination Station--his most prized invention.
The letter states that Albert, one of Mr. Whittaker's long-lost
ancestors, will be locked in a tower if a Viking Sunstone isn't
found before the new moon. Thus begins the time-travel adventures
of cousins Patrick and Beth.
My children and I had the privilege of reading Attack at the
Arena, Patrick and Beth's second adventure. In this lighthearted
read-aloud, we discover that Albert is still in trouble, and
the cousins must visit ancient Rome to retrieve a monk's silver
chalice in order to help him. Patrick is disguised as a monk
and Beth as a slave. Full of excitement from the very start,
the story tells of the cousins almost being eaten by a tiger!
They are later separated from each other. Beth is thought to
be an escaped slave and is taken back to the Roman emperor, while
Patrick is captured and forced to participate in the fight-to-the-death
games with the rest of Rome's prisoners. Will the cousins reunite
and succeed in their quest, or will death and despair be their
In Attack at the Arena, Beth and Patrick encounter Emperor
Honorius and a monk named Telemachus--men who really existed. This
book would make a fun addition to a study of ancient Rome. Not
studying ancient Rome? Assign the book for literature and have
your child research the lives of Honorius and Telemachus. I chose
to read it aloud to my three children (ages 5, 9, and 11). Also,
the book would simply suffice as a pleasure read for children who
like mystery and adventure.
I recommend adding this book to your home school library. It provides
entertainment and educational content. It upholds moral values.
It is inexpensive too--just $4.99. Visit www.tyndale.com today
to order your copy!