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The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House #2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,995 Ratings  ·  526 Reviews
Peacocks for dinner and boys in skirts?

That's what Jack and Annie find when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the Middle Ages for another wild adventure. In the Great Gall of the castle, a feast is under way. But Jack and Annie aren't exactly welcome guests!
Paperback, 80 pages
Published February 16th 1993 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1993)
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Oct 27, 2012 Penny rated it liked it
Shelves: children, history
To start with, I still don't understand the popularity of these books, at least not for the age group it's often suggested for. My five-year-old finds them dull, though he might like them more if he were an independent reader. The story was too dry and lacked any real excitement. However, my nearly two-year-old is starting to get interested.

As a parent I found this book a little annoying. Annie doesn't think before she acts. The story is overly vague and bland. I had a hard time following the st
Apr 04, 2014 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A book my 6 yr old loved, a little old for my preschoolers. A solid reading level 3 book, this reader has a good amount of advanced vocabulary words, but not so long that it discourages a new reader. Used it for his read out loud book, which was perfect. It took about 15 mins for him to read and had just enough new vocabulary words to make it challenging. Also, it was a fun and interesting story he could get into. He liked it so much, he asked for more by this author. Great reading book!
The events in this one are much less exciting and logical than in the others I've read. The reason why the children are captured by the men in the castle is never clearly given, nor is the reason why they're placed into a storage room. (view spoiler)

However, the descriptions of the castle, given both from Annie and Jack's pov and from the book, were fascinating, thorough,
Lauren McKinney
May 02, 2012 Lauren McKinney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popular-series
The Knight at Dawn is one of many belonging to the Magic Tree House series. I remember reading these when I was younger. The adventures and stories were vividly depicted and easy to follow along with. I enjoyed these books so much I read them all within a month. I could not put them down. Children today still feel that way. The librarian told me this when I went to check one out.

Mary Pope Osborne does an excellent job of creating a world of mystery and adventure for Jack and Annie, two little c
May 23, 2011 Barbara rated it it was ok
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Crystal Lough
Nov 03, 2011 Crystal Lough rated it really liked it
Magic Tree House, The Knight at Dawn is a fantasy book. It is targeted for primary as well as intermediate aged children. The book is book #2 of the Magic Tree House series written by Mary Pope Osborne. The whole idea of the Magic Tree House books are that two siblings, Jack and Annie, had a tree house that made them travel in time. This particular part of the series is about a time where they picked up a book about a knight and wished they were in that time period. Next thing they knew they loo ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Asield014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2nd-trimester
I thought that this book was very fun and exciting as well as adventures book for me. That I really enjoyed to read and have connections to. I finished this book in not even a day for how much I enjoyed to read it. I read this book with great fluency and the book also influenced me to read more of that serious in books.

I would rate this book in between 4 and 5 because there were some parts n the book that I wanted to skip and not read but I read it anyway. There were also more parts in the book
Ashley Mayer
Mar 06, 2011 Ashley Mayer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-with-nathan
The Knight at Dawn is the second book in the Magic Tree House series. This is a cute story about Jack, and his sister Annie traveling through time to a time with knights and castles. I read this to my six year old and he absolutely loved it. My three year old also sat through the story with us and she loved it as well, though she did have a few questions. She had a harder time understanding the story. All in all we love the Magic Tree House stories and plan to continue on with the series. I defi ...more
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Okay so I probably would not read this book in English; however, I read this book in spanish. In Spanish it is called, El Caballero del Alba. It is a great book for first or 2nd year Spanish readers. Reading this book in Spanish is a great way to keep up on your Spanish.
Brandon Loehrke
Jan 13, 2014 Brandon Loehrke rated it liked it
"The Knight at Dawn" is the second book in this series. It starts off when Jack and Annie find a book about a castle and then are send back in time to medieval times. At the castle Jack and Annie find themselves in the middle of a feast. Jack is afraid he is going to get caught, so he makes Annie hide in a room full of armor. Three guards find them and take them to the dungeon. Annie convinces the guards to let them go by telling them that her flashlight is a magic wand. Jack and Annie meet a st ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Don't judge me.

I stole this from my public library.

A long time ago I checked this book out for some AR points, yeah this was a long time ago. Once the checkout time arrived, I had literally no idea where it went.
Guess what? I just found it.
Eventually my mom just bought the book from the library, since my attempts of searching were no good.

I've read 50 of the Magic Tree House books because I LOVED them. Most of my childhood was imagining what it would be like if I had a teleported tree house.
Overall, this was a quick read. I loved the fact that this series is an ongoing mystery. Each book has a clue that leads to something significant. The stories keep getting better,but I love them equally. My favourite part was when the kids were trying to escape the castle after they got caught. that was intense. The whole time I was skimming the book and I still understood what happened.

I agree with what I said in my review about the first book of the series.

My elementary self would loved, but
Fatma Narman
Sep 06, 2015 Fatma Narman rated it liked it
Castle of Mystery is the second in the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. Siblings Jack and Annie find a tree house in the woods near where they live in Frog Valley. Having been amazed by the experience of their previous adventure where they go back to the time of the dinosaurs through magical books, when they get back home, Annie, the more adventurous and mischievous of the pair, wants to go back and find more about the books. The siblings open a page and point to a picture of a cast ...more
Miranda Potratz
Jan 15, 2015 Miranda Potratz rated it liked it
“The Knight at Dawn” by Mary Pope Osborne was a very good book. The book starts off by saying that Jack and his sister Annie found a tree house in the frog creek woods which was full of books. When they picked a book and wished to go they were sent to that place. One night later, Annie went into Jacks room when she couldn't fall asleep and convinced Jack to come with her to the tree house. When they got inside Annie wishes them to become knights in armor. Later they get caught by guards and thro ...more
Logan Erdmann
May 23, 2014 Logan Erdmann rated it liked it
This book is an extremely easy read. I liked how it was a short but fun read. It did have some very good concepts that were presented throughout the book.

The main characters of the book are Jack, Annie, and the Knight. Jack and Annie are two young kids that are in their tree house. Annie makes the wish that sends them to the medieval ages. This proved to be something not to wish for. The Knight helps the two kids escape from the castle and return home safely.

The setting mainly takes place at a c
May 04, 2012 Grace rated it it was ok
In the 2 magic tree house book jack and annie went back to medieval times.Annie wanted to explore the castle and look for the night in black armore.But Jack wanted to look in the book first to see if there were anything bad.When Jack was looking in the book annie decided to explore then jack went to find her .He found her behind a well Then a person serving food found them so they ran down the hall way into this room.When Annie turned on her flashlight Jack and Annie saw armor with out heads and ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Deo rated it really liked it
This book takes place the night after the first one. I really liked this book because I have always liked knights and castles and stuff of that sort. So Annie warps Jack and herself back to the middle ages. Once here they see a knight gallop into the castle. Jack and Annie decide to follow him. Inside they come across a great feast but they get spotted. They run and hide in an armoury but Jack ends up falling into a bunch of armor because he has a knights helmet on his head. They get found by 3 ...more
Norberto Leyva
Oct 22, 2013 Norberto Leyva rated it it was amazing
I read The Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn. I liked how the books continue along and you have to read one in order to understand the other.

The main idea is for Jack and Annie go back in time to the 11th century where there are knights and castles. They are searching for what the letter m is all about and they try to sneak in a castle and hide. They run away and find a secret pathway. Jack jumps into the water and the knight helps them escape. They get home and he has the letter. The letter
Oct 31, 2013 Diego rated it liked it
The book I read was Magic Tree House “The Knight at Dawn.” I like the book because it talks about a young boy named Jack who can’t sleep. He has trouble sleeping, so he finds a book to read. Annie, his sister, wakes up and talks to Jack. They decide to go to the tree house in the middle of the night. He reads about knights and castles.

They run to a room when they meet people who are upset. They find a lamp to see who the men are. Jack remembers a map from the book and he figures out where they a
Oct 23, 2013 Blake rated it really liked it
“The Knight at Dawn” by Mary Pope Osborne is the second book in the Magic Tree House book series. The book starts off that the previous day Jack and his sister Annie found a tree house in the frog creek woods which was full of books. When they selected a book and wished upon it, they were sent in time travel to that place. In the middle of the next night Annie comes into Jack’s room and neither of them can sleep, because they are thinking of the tree house. Annie eventually convinces Jack to com ...more
Maya Orama
Oct 12, 2014 Maya Orama rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time there lived a big house and for people lived there were two kids name jack and Annie it was night time at 5:30 jack woke up he couldn't sleep because what he saw when he was at the dinosaur place he was shock he wanted to know how made the Magic tree house Annie woke she wanted to go with jack. He told Annie to go in the back she walk so quite that now one heard her jack packed his note book and a pencil to write notes about what the person do jack went down stars where Annie wa ...more
Norma Torres
Sep 21, 2015 Norma Torres rated it liked it
The Knight at Dawn is fantasy. I gave it three stars because sometimes, I don't like it because they're talked about the knight at dawn, it sound like so quite, bored and dark but my favorite part is three huge men, one with very squinty eyes held the torch. One with a very red face held Jack. And one with very long mustache held on to Annie because I think it's funny when the one with the very red face said, ''Who art thou?'' The squinty- eyed one said ''Spies? Foreigners? Egyptians? Romans? .. ...more
Nov 09, 2010 Gunther rated it really liked it
The book that i read is called The Night At Dawn (Magic Tree House) and it was written by Mary Pope Osborn. The book is about two kids Jack and Anny that go to a magic tree house that takes them where ever they want to go. In this book they went back in time to Camelot where they sneak into a castle and they get captured by the nights and try and figure out how to escape and get back home. I would recommend this book for people that like adventure books.

One thing that i really like about this b
Oct 11, 2012 Martha rated it liked it
Again, rated for my 5 year old... not my taste and I think the writing is horrible. But it seems to captivate him, so bravo on that. I find myself changing sentences and making fragments into sentences while I read because they just don't flow well. I know this book is meant for an early reader to read themselves, but he doesn't quite read yet and we are reading this series to him on recommendation. I like the idea behind it and the little guy likes the adventure, but the writing is BAD.

But, be
Wendy ~M/M Junkie~
Nov 30, 2011 Wendy ~M/M Junkie~ rated it it was amazing
This is book 2 in the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne.

In this MTH adventure Jack and his little sister Annie have traveled back in time to the Middle Ages. Following along with the book, Jack and Annie see a knight in full armor riding his horse up to and inside of a huge Castle.
Annie takes off and follows the knight leaving Jack to catchup. They see a feast taking part in the Great Hall and are spotted. They run and hide in the armory, but when they are found they are thaught to b
May 12, 2015 Cameron rated it liked it
I'm still slowly reading these books with the two kids I tutor and I'm having a lot of fun with them. I didn't remember this one as well as I did the first book since this isn't quite as exciting, but it was a cute read nonetheless.

Oct 25, 2010 Andrew rated it liked it
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Jack and Annie are transported to the Middle Ages, where they follow a mysterious black knight into a castle. There they run afoul of some palace servers, who then call some guards to chase them. Annie uses some modern technology to through the guards off their tail, albeit briefly. The siblings race through the various rooms of the castle, but can they escape their pursuers?

This is a short novel for the primary set that is already becoming a little formulaic in its second book. But that is comf
Jul 07, 2015 Jean-Marie rated it really liked it
My 8-year-old read this to me to complement our Middle Ages history lesson about knights. He gives it 4 1/2 stars. :-)
Corbin Billington
May 14, 2013 Corbin Billington rated it really liked it
This book is about two kids, Jack and Anne, who go on their first adventure into a magic treehouse. When they get to the land of Camelot, they enter a castle where a festival was taking place. They eventually get caught, since they stood out, and had to find a way to get out of the castle dungeon. I rated this book four out of five stars, because of the amount of detail involved in the adventure thoughout the castle. I would recommend this book to young readers of either gender or anyone who lik ...more
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Mary Pope Osborne has channeled a lifelong love of exploration and travel into one of the most popular children’s book series of the past two decades. With her fantastic Magic Tree House series, Mary Pope Osborne keeps the good times rolling for kids all over the world.
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