The Knight at Dawn (The Castle of Mystery in the United Kingdom), is the second book in the Magic Tree House series written by Mary Pope Osborne. This is a children’s chapter book filled with tales of fantasy and adventure. This book is high interest for boys and girls in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, about 6 to 9 years old.
In the Knight at Dawn, Jack and Annie are transported back to the middle ages after Annie finds a book in the magic tree house about castles and knights. The story is mesmerizing, as the tree house begins to spin after Annie discovers the book, and ultimately lands in front of a castle.
The Knight at Dawn is about the children’s magical journey into the castle where, before they are caught by the guards, they witness many interesting and unusual goings-on inside, including crocodiles swimming in the moat, feasts featuring peacocks, armor, weapons, and more! After Jack tries on a helmet, making a noise, Jack and Annie are captured by the guards of the castle. But, ultimately, Jack and Annie are rescued by a knight on a horse who delivers them safely back to the tree house where their adventure began.
The Knight at Dawn is a compelling story that fuels children’s imaginations and helps them become comfortable with chapter books. This book, like others in this series, makes reading fun for children so they look forward to Jack and Annie’s next adventure in The Magic Tree House.