Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Review~ Attack at the Arena

List Price:4.99
Trim Size:5 1/2 x 8
Release:March 2011

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, the cup could keep the mysterious Albert out of prison.
At the Roman Colosseum, Emperor Honorius is hosting a gladiator battle in celebration of a war victory. Beth attends the event as the emperor’s slave; Patrick attends as a monk’s 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 everything—even his life—to stop the killing. When the cousins return with the cup, they find that a third letter has been sent with more information about Albert’s fate.

Review~ This book is recommended for ages 7 and up and a grade level of 2.3. I gave it to my youngest son to read and he read it with in a couple of days! Hi liked it so much he wants me to get more of the series! The vocabulary was simple for him to understand but the book contained a lot of historically accurate details about 5th century Rome. The book didn't overstate the historical details so it kept my son intrested. This book was a fun introduction to these historical concepts without having to pull out a history book. My son gave it a 5 out of 5 stars!

disclosure: This book was provided free by Tyndale Publishers in exchange for this review.

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