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The Knight at Dawn

Magic Tree House #2


Mary Pope Osborne

A boy and girl are riding atop a horse in front of a knight with a castle in the background.

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Jack and Annie wake up the next morning after their adventure eager to head back to the tree house. This time they head back to medieval times. They find a castle and before Jack can stop her, Annie is inside. Will they get caught?

Positive Messages:

The siblings band together to work through their challenges on their adventures and demonstrate good teamwork. Never give up is also a common theme throughout the series as the characters try to figure out some tough challenges.



Violence & Scariness:

Jack reads about crocodiles living in castle moats and is afraid of getting eaten if he falls into a moat. When the guards capture the children, they say that there will be a hanging the next day, if the rats don’t eat them first.

Jack mutters that he’d like to kill Annie when she dashes off to the castle, but it’s clear from the context he didn’t mean it and he is just irritated with her.

Parents Should Know:


Mom Says:

I loved this series! I would say you could read this up until age 9, and then your child may start to outgrow it. We read these books every single night until we had read the entire series. The characters mostly go back in time, although there are a few futuristic adventures, and it really sparked an interest in history for both Autumn and Aubrey.

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Accelerated Reader:

AR Quiz No. 6327

AR Points: 1.0

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