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Thrilling adventure stories introducing young readers (ages 8-2) to Christian heroes of the past.Karl Schumacher was fifteen when he came to the German city of Wittenberg in 520 seeking an education. He had been very fortunate that the esteemed university professor, Doctor Martin Luther, had taken him into his household as a servant. Luther's promise of tutoring Karl in exThrilling adventure stories introducing young readers (ages 8-2) to Christian heroes of the past.Karl Schumacher was fifteen when he came to the German city of Wittenberg in 520 seeking an education. He had been very fortunate that the esteemed university professor, Doctor Martin Luther, had taken him into his household as a servant. Luther's promise of tutoring Karl in exchange for his labor was the chance of a lifetime--until a poster on the church door declared his master a heretic!Karl is asked to travel with Doctor Luther to appear before the emperor's Imperial Council in the city of Worms. Will his life be at stake as well as Luther's? And who is the mysterious young lady who shadows their trip? Could she be a spy for Luther's enemy, Doctor Eck?Or might the night riders be secret supporters of Luther?With danger lurking on every side, who can Karl trust?...

Title : Spy for the Night Riders
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ISBN : 9781556612374
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 127 Pages
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Spy for the Night Riders Reviews

  • Kristen
    2019-04-28 05:33

    It was a fun read. The kids enjoyed it more than I did. I was hoping for a little more history. overall a good book.

  • Kalolaine
    2019-04-30 04:27

    This book is such an action and romance book! I love it!!

  • Rich
    2019-04-22 01:23

    Hard to write a review for something like this.As a father, I love the opportunity to introduce my kids to such a significant individual and event in the history of the church -- and in light of that, the review should be much higher. I've had conversations with my kids about the Reformation, Luther's theology, the state of the Medieval Church, etc., that I can't imagine having the opportunity to discuss otherwise. And my 9-year-old probably knows more about the Reformation having read this little historical fiction book than about 90% of American church-goers, so kudos to the Jacksons for recognizing that it is important to know something about one's heritage.As a professor of Theology, there is so much left out and so much imported -- and in light of this, the review should be lower. (We could argue all day, however, about how much is appropriate for the target audience -- and how much of the "imported" material is innocuous in itself, and serves to capture the interest of a child. And this is precisely why this series of books is so difficult to "rate").As a reader, the book is entertaining, but not much happens. Granted, the authors were limited by a small window to glimpse into the events surrounding the Diet of Worms (the name of which sparked yet another interesting conversation with the kids), and given these limitations, there is only so much they could do. I'd prefer the book be slightly slow-paced in spots and stick to the general flow of history than to see the authors bring in battles, goblins, and UFOs in an effort to "spice up" the story. This is one of the times I've wished GoodReads let me add an extra half-star to the rating. I can't justify going up to 4 stars, but 3 doesn't seem quite enough.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-27 00:45

    Good Historical Fiction for Young ReadersThis is an easy, engaging series for young readers wanting to learn more about the "trailblazers" of the Christian faith. This book focuses on Dr. Martin Luther. The story focuses on Luther just before and immediately after the Diet of Worms. The perspective is obviously in favor of Luther with a heavy anti-Catholic flavor. I believe the book could've been written to appeal to both sides so believe it's unfortunate the work didn't do that. Still, it's fast paced and easy to understand. The book is appropriately aimed at young readers. Some background knowledge of the Reformation would prove helpful, but isn't necessary. There is a brief summary of Luther's life (though incomplete! It doesn't even mention his wife!) after the story finishes. I think a more complete note for children's sake of what elements of the story are historical and fiction would be appropriate, but I suppose that would take up too much space.All in all, though, a recommended book for elementary aged children.4 starsThis review originally appeared at as part of the Reading Challenge 2016. To see all book in the challenge, click here.

  • Megan Lane
    2019-05-19 02:32

    This is probably closer to 4 stars, but I'm not sure. I was underwhelmed this time around, though I liked it more when I was younger. It's written for younger kids, 8-12, so that explains that a little. As usual with a lot of books, I am sad that there couldn't be a connection between a girl with a "hauntingly beautiful face" (that is one of two main descriptors that she gets) and a teenage boy besides him being attracted to her. But I'm nitpicking, and I digress.Also, I'm totally not sure if Karl Schumacher was a real person. I haven't looked it up, but with stories like this, I'd love an epilogue at the back that talks about what is fictionalized and what's not. There is a cool section about Martin Luther, though, some additional information and additional reading suggestions. I liked that pretty well.Um. Writing style. Not a huge fan. I felt pretty distanced from the action. I'm not good with my terms for perspectives and such (I need my writer nerd friends), but overall everything was a little forced. I'm not sure. I'm probably just being overly critical.Thanks for reading this unhelpful and unstable review.

  • Dale
    2019-05-07 03:41

    Good history - for 4th to 8th gradersI am reviewing this as a high school world history teacher who is looking for high-quality historical fiction of all skill levels that I can add to my classroom library.While Spy for the Night Riders: Martin Luther is too easy for the average high school student, it would be a good fit for the 'reluctant reader' or the student interested in the Reformation. The plot moves along pretty quickly and does a good job of telling about Martin Luther's big moment at the Diet of Worms and his travels immediately before and after his hearing.Some previous knowledge of the Reformation would be helpful.To see all of my reviews that reference Martin Luther click here: see all of my reviews that tagged with "reformation" click here:

  • Mandy J. Hoffman
    2019-05-01 04:29

    The kids loved this story that kept them asking for "one more chapter". I, as their mom, loved that the story kept their attention while learning about a hero of the faith. This is a fiction story based on historical facts. This book is a great way to introduce Martin Luther to your children in a way that will cause them to beg to know more.

  • Hannah
    2019-05-19 06:31

    Good story that gave a fair, fast overview of Martin Luther's life. It starts with the Diet of Worms, covering what happened before via memories and conversations, and ends during Luther's charade as Knight George.

  • Heather Goodyear
    2019-05-02 06:21

    Really enjoyed this book! Read it with the kids and they loved it, too. Informative in regards to the culture during Martin Luther and the Reformation. Fast-paced and holds the reader's interest well. Very sad beginning, though, and a huge cliffhanger ending.

  • Gwen Burrow
    2019-05-07 03:32

    Didn't like it when I was 15, and I have the feeling I'd like it even less now.

  • Marris
    2019-05-09 01:40

    I read it a while ago, but from what I remember, I liked it alot.

  • Denae Christine
    2019-04-20 05:31

    I love any Trailblazer book. They're basic but full of true biographies wrapped in a teen's pov and some plot/danger. This one is about Martin Luther. Fast read.

  • Mandi
    2019-05-04 06:27

    We love Trailblazer books - they are great biographies for kids! My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed this one about Martin Luther.

  • Estrella
    2019-05-13 03:20

    I guess it is a good book I really think it could use more actionIt is so boring

  • dthaase
    2019-05-05 02:20

    a fun historical fiction on the reformation and Luther's 95 theses and call to the Diet of Worms, etc.

  • Jones Family
    2019-05-14 01:41

    my familey has read it lots of times, it is great!

  • Kody
    2019-04-20 22:31

    This book is about Dr. Luther and his servant, Karl. The Pope declared that they come to the Emperor, they accept, but then he starts to like a girl. While looking for the girl, Karl gets captured and is asked to tell them where Luther is so they could save him. Karl trusts them and informs them on where Dr. Luther is. Karl still has his suspicions on the girl and them and then he finds out the girl is working for them. Then they get captured and then brought to a castle. And finds out her father is The person who gave him the assignment is her father!

  • CJ Bowen
    2019-04-27 05:32

    Capable enough history, hitting the high points of Luther's opposition to indulgences, trial at Worms, and kidnapping to the Wartburg, with a quick summation filling out the less adventurous results that followed. The story was entertaining, but the time spent in Karl's head with his doubts was overdone, and the jr high romance was a bit silly. Still, if an 8-12 year old wants to read about Martin Luther, I'm all for it.

  • Shannon
    2019-05-09 00:28

    It was okay for a short, historical fiction. It was not a large portion of Luther's life, only his travels to Worms and subsequent "kidnapping". But my children already knowing the entire story liked hearing this portion put into an adventurous narrative. It was enjoyable for everyone.

  • Myrijel
    2019-05-11 02:42

    It was a really nice story 'cause there were intense parts, and awesome relieving parts. There were some parts that I did get bored at. I mean, most stories are like that. I also like how Martin Luther stood up for God and stuff. He's pretty brave. So is Karl.

  • Jonathan
    2019-04-20 05:39

    good book. I like it but it is not the best book in the world.

  • William
    2019-04-21 02:36

    Not like my type. I think Karl should have always shut his mouth. I got kind of board of it.

  • Alex
    2019-04-24 01:28

    It was pretty good... I liked it.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-07 03:37

    These books are short and quick reads. They are enjoyable, informative historical fiction with notes in the back regarding the true facts of the story. They focus on two of my favorite topics, history and Christianity. I really enjoyed reading these and would highly recomend them.