In this Imagination Station adventure, Patrick and Beth find themselves as guests in a beautiful castle in 15th-century England. Through a series of events, the steward of Lord Darkthorn’s castle finds the cousins with three artifacts collected in their previous adventures: the stone, the cup, and the golden tablet. They are accused of being thieves and locked in jail. Beth escapes and discovers the identity of the real thief, leading to a jousting contest with a surprising outcome. Set during the War of the Roses in England, Revenge of the Red Knight will teach readers about the Crusades, the integrity of knights and the vows they took, and why men would choose to risk their lives to fight for Christianity.
I am a big fan of the Imagination Station series. One thing I have always loved the most was that one could read the books out of order, even though it is a series. This is the first one that I thought I might have enjoyed it better having read the previous ones first. However, it is a tiny, tiny, criticism.
This book delivers what all the other ones do, excitement, accurate history, and a great message. Young readers come away with an idea of what life might have been like in 15th-century England. They learn about the Crusades and the courage and bravery of knights. I think this one has even more action that some of the other books in this series, which might appeal more to some young readers.
I love the way the illustrations help to keep younger pre-readers engaged in the story. It makes the book great for independent beginning chapter readers, or for a read-aloud for younger readers.
If you are looking for a Magic Tree House type book with a positive, Christian message, this series is just what you are looking for!