Challenge on the Hill of Fire

Challenge on the Hill of Fire

by Marianne Hering, Nancy I. Sanders


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Kidnapped by Celtic Druids in 433, Patrick and Beth are headed to certain death when followers of a former Irish Slave (Saint Patrick, called Patritius in this book) save them. The cousins find themselves in the midst of a power struggle between Ireland’s King Logaire, Patritius, and the leader of the Druids, Lochru. A spiritual showdown begins on the Hill of Slane when Patritius builds a fire, challenging the King’s authority. Will Patritius prove to the king that the God of the Bible is the true God? Or will the king take sides with the Druids? The Emerald Isle holds many tales and legends, but this story of truth and standing strong for God is not one to be missed.

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ISBN-13: 9781589976948
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Series: AIO Imagination Station Books Series , #10
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

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Challenge on the Hill of Fire



Copyright © 2012 Focus on the Family
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ISBN: 978-1-58997-694-8

Chapter One

A Leprechaun Trap

Patrick and his cousin Beth stood in line at Whit's End. It was Odyssey's most popular ice-cream shop.

Patrick felt very excited. Today was a special day. He was dressed in green. He wore a green baseball cap and a green T-shirt. He had on green shorts, green socks, and a pair of green sneakers.

Beth wore a green shamrock pin on her shirt.

Mr. Whittaker stood behind the counter. He finished with one customer and then turned to Patrick and Beth. His kind blue eyes sparkled. He lightly touched his large white moustache.

"Hi, Patrick ... Beth. What can I do for you?" he asked. "Beth and I would both like a green milkshake, please," Patrick said. "We're celebrating Saint Patrick's Day today!" Whit touched his light-green shirt. "So am I," he said with a smile. He began making the milkshakes. He glanced at Patrick. "Were you named after Saint Patrick?" he asked.

"I don't think so," Patrick said. "I think I was named after my Uncle Patrick."

"But you know about Saint Patrick, I assume," Whit said.

Patrick looked at Beth. She shrugged.

"He wore green, right?" Patrick guessed.

Whit chuckled. "There was more to Saint Patrick than a color," he said.

"What do you mean?" Beth asked.

Whit's eyes twinkled. "I'll tell you more when I bring the milkshakes to your table."

Patrick and Beth sat down at one of the tables to wait. They watched Whit fill their orders.

Just then the door opened. Patrick's neighbor Jake walked in. He wore a yellow bandana tied around his neck. He had on his Cub Scout cap. His Cub T-shirt was green.

Patrick liked going over to Jake's house. That's where they met for their Cub Scout meetings.

"Happy Saint Patrick's Day!" Patrick and Beth both said to Jake.

Jake waved to the cousins and stood in line to order. Then he walked over to their table. He was carrying a bag. He had just bought freshly baked cookies.

"Are you going to eat all those cookies by yourself?" Patrick asked.

"Some friends are coming over to my house in a few minutes," Jake said. "We're going to build a leprechaun trap. I want to catch a leprechaun. Then he'll have to give us a pot of gold. We'll be rich!"

"Are you using the cookies as bait?" Beth asked.

Jake looked at the bag. "I hadn't thought of that," he said. "Do leprechauns like chocolate-chip cookies?"

"They might if leprechauns existed," Beth said. "But they don't."

"Come over and see for yourself," Jake said. He headed for the door. "Hurry up! You don't want to miss your share of the gold." The bell above the door jingled as it shut behind him.

Beth's eyebrows drew together in a frown. "A leprechaun trap? Really?" she asked.

Patrick smiled. "Maybe we'll catch one. Wouldn't that be cool?"

Mr. Whittaker arrived with their orders. "What's all this about leprechauns?" he asked.

"Beth and I are going to help build a leprechaun trap with Jake," Patrick said.

Whit sat down. "Are you?" he asked. "Well, I hope you use the right kind of wood and nails. You can't make a trap out of just anything, you know."

Patrick's eyes lit up. "Maybe you should write out the instructions," he said.

Whit laughed. He had a deep, hearty laugh.

Beth groaned. She said, "I don't understand what all this has to do with Saint Patrick. He wasn't a leprechaun."

Whit looked at Beth and then Patrick. "Would you like to find out?" he asked.

Patrick and Beth looked at each other. That question usually meant one thing: an adventure in the Imagination Station. The Imagination Station was one of Whit's many inventions. It allowed kids to experience different times in history.

"Can we?" Patrick asked.

Beth clapped her hands together. "Sure!" she said.

Patrick suddenly shook his head. "Wait a minute," he said. "I mean, what if it's true? What if we could get a pot of gold?"

"What?" Beth cried out. "When have you ever heard reports of any leprechaun sightings in Odyssey?"

Patrick frowned and said, "I still don't want to miss building a trap with Jake and the group. We've got to get going."

"You know how the Imagination Station works," Whit said. "Time is different there. I think you'll be able to have an adventure and still build leprechaun traps if you want to. Besides, the treasure you'll find in your adventure may be better than a pot of gold."

"Really?" Patrick asked. He was doubtful.

"Come down to the workshop and find out for yourself," Whit said.


Excerpted from Challenge on the Hill of Fire by MARIANNE HERING NANCY I. SANDERS Copyright © 2012 by Focus on the Family. Excerpted by permission of TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents


1 A Leprechaun Trap....................1
2 The Gifts....................9
3 Kidnapped!....................13
4 The Druids....................22
5 The Fallen Tree....................31
6 Escape....................38
7 The Prophecy....................47
8 Finn....................55
9 The Bishop....................61
10 The Challenge....................69
11 Lord Lochru....................81
12 Princesses....................89
13 Poison!....................97
14 The High King....................106
15 The Workshop 1....................21
Secret Word Puzzle....................128

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Challenge on the Hill of Fire 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
rlighthouse More than 1 year ago
Good Book! The 10th book in The Imagination Station series, Challenge on the Hill of Fire informs readers about the truth behind St. Patrick's day. Readers travel back through time to fifth century Ireland where Patrick and Beth narrowly escape the druids only to fear for their lives again when the Bishop lights a fire in direct defiance of the druids and  their laws. Patrick and Beth discover there is a whole lot more to St. Patrick's Day then clover, leprechauns and pots of gold. The Imagination Station is a great way for kids to get an exciting peek at history.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
Challenge on the Hill of Fire, the tenth book in The Imagination Station series, is a chapter book geared toward six to nine-year-olds. It’s an easy-to-read book filled with adventure, mystery, and history. After traveling to 433 Ireland, via the Imagination Station, cousins Beth and Patrick are kidnapped by Druids. As the traditional Irish beliefs of King Logaire are challenged by Patritius (St. Patrick) (who know the real God), will the young cousins be rescued from certain death? As in some of the previous books, the theme of standing up for what you believe in is well illustrated. Though some of the scenes and topics are intense, the story isn’t scary or disturbing.  This story is loaded with history and geography, and young readers also learn important principles of the Bible, such as truth, faith, and staying true to your beliefs. I’m a kid at heart, and enjoyed reading each of the Imagination Station books. I applaud the author for making Christian adventure books available to today’s young readers.
SophiesMindset More than 1 year ago
Best one I've read so far I haven't read all of the books in this series, but I HAVE read a good many of them. So far, this is the best one. The title is relevant, the history is something children are rarely taught, and it's significance is hard to understate. I do roll my eyes at how Beth & Patrick conveniently "help history along", from time to time, in these books, as in this book - but it's a historical fiction children's book involving time travel ... and people like to have fun and interpret that differently anyway, so I don't fault the authors there. It's just not what I would do. This is my favorite book in this reinvented series thus far. Definitely recommend. These books are appropriate for young elementary school aged children.
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book! When a boatman asked Patrick for help docking his boat and Patrick reached out to help him, the man pulled both Patrick and Beth into his boat and tied them up. They were then placed in a cart with other people also tied up. Patrick managed to untie himself and Beth and offered to untie others in the cart. A girl and her father agreed to go with them. What happened when men tried to find the missing prisoners? What was going to happen to all those prisoners on the cart? How was the king’s life saved?
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
It’s St. Patrick ’s Day for the cousins Patrick and Beth. When Whit realizes they know nothing of St. Patrick he sends them on an adventure to Old Ireland. There they encounter the Patrick, as well as evil druids and find out the importance of Patrick’s deeds as he brought truth to the green isle by sharing the gospel. Fantastic book!
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
I love the way young readers can learn about Saint Patrick and the difference between the beliefs of the time in Ireland and Saint Patrick's teachings about the true God. Again, the Imagination Station series gives readers an age appropriate look into history through the lens of Biblical truths. There is enough action and suspense in this book to keep independent readers interested as well as parents using it as a read-aloud. This fictional book is a great supplement to a history curriculum for younger children. As always, this series offers a Biblical alternative to the magic and wizardry of the Magic Treehouse Series. The books do not need to be read in order, which is a big plus in a series. The chapters are the perfect length for beginning chapter readers and the illustrations keep non-readers interested as they are listening to the story. A great addition to any library.
thedeena63 More than 1 year ago
I loved this one, but a parental warning: this one takes us to meet the real Saint Patrick of Ireland, and we deal with Druids. Now, they are ultimately proven false, but still, it's pretty intense. Watching the Gospel spread throughout Ireland and seeing how it happened was mind-blowing for me. These books just keep getting better and better, and children of all ages (adults as well) can learn so much that will enrich the knowledge and build their faith. Every book is a solid adventure, taken by average kids and written by a stellar company and collection of authors. All the way around, you can trust The Imagination Station series...just read "Challenge on the Hill of Fire" first...I warned you!
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Challenge on the Hill of Fire takes Beth and Patrick to Ireland where they meet with St Patrick. It was interesting to see through their eyes how Bishop Patricius was able to change many Druids during his time. I enjoyed reading this book to my kids. They enjoyed the adventure as well. 5 stars.
thecraftyhome1 More than 1 year ago
Challenge on the Hill of Fire is another great installment in The Imagination Station series. For those of you who live under a rock (just teasing) The Imagination Station is an invention by Whit from Adventures in Odyessy. It is a time travel machine and in this series it takes Patrick and Beth, cousins, on lots of great adventures throughout history where they learn valuable life lessons about God and themselves. In this adventure they travel back to Ireland and the time of Saint Patrick. They are captured by the Druids but end up escaping and running in to a follower of Bishop Patrick and end up learning all about why we celebrate St. Patrick's Day. This book was very interesting to me as I didn't know the history behind St. Patrick's Day. I really enjoyed learning all about it and can't wait to use this book to teach my kids about it as well. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The tenth book in the Imagination Station series is my favorite so far! Beth and Patrick get a great faith test in this book. My favorite part is where Shane the Druid sees Beth, Patrick, Caera, Caera's father, and Tristan as deer. This is a good book for people who are interested in ancient religions and cultures. I like this book because it teaches about the one true God and how it is better than sacrifices and bloodshed. { The Druid's ways } By: Joshua, age 10
AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Fascinating and Engaging. This is from one of my favorite stories. I like the new slant it is given, just for kids. It is a fun and memorable way to learn. There are amazing escapes and interesting historical figures. These books are retellings of events that keep young readers fascinated. This episode is independent of the previous stories.
pinkgirlLS More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one evening to my girls 2, 4, 8. It took me about an hour to read, and they all really enjoyed it. It is based on the life of St. Patrick. We all learned some new things about him. We want to research more about him now. The book is simply written and yet a great story.
Louisa_May More than 1 year ago
Having thoroughly studied the life of Patrick for a play I acted in about a year before this book came out, I can say that it's probably as close to historically accurate as a kids book on the life of Patrick could be. Just like every other AO book, this one is thoroughly entertaining. My kids loved it, and I love that this series is giving them such a love to actually LEARN history and makes them want to know more.