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Voyage with the VikingsBOOK 1
By MARIANNE HERING PAUL McCUSKER
TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.Copyright © 2010 Focus on the Family
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Chapter OneWhit's End
It all began on a Monday.
Beth and her cousin Patrick were at Whit's End. It was a soda shop in a large, old house. Kids thought Whit's End was the best place in town for ice cream.
But there was a lot more to Whit's End than scoops and cones. It had more rooms than Patrick could count.
Down the hallway was a radio studio. And a theater to perform plays. Plus a library.
On the second floor, there was a large model train. And the Bible Room. It was like a kids' museum.
Patrick followed Beth from room to room with wide eyes.
"Are there any video games?" Patrick asked. "The kind with sword fighters? Or guys who fight monsters?"
"No," Beth said. "But I'll show you the Imagination Station. It's kind of like a time machine."
Patrick liked the words imagination and time machine.
"Where is it?" Patrick asked.
"It's usually in the corner of the Bible Room," Beth said. "But it's not there today. Come on. Let's ask Mr. Whittaker. Someone said he's in his basement workshop."
Patrick followed Beth down the spiral staircase and over to the basement door. She opened it. They went down another set of stairs.
At the bottom, the cousins looked into a large room. It was filled with tables and benches. There were boxes, large drills, and sawhorses. Parts from old ovens and computers sat on the floor.
"This is his workshop?" Patrick asked. He picked up a rusted spring from a nearby table. He dropped it. The spring made a ping sound. It bounced like a toy.
"It looks more like a scientist's junkyard," he said.
"Mr. Whittaker invents things," Beth said.
Beth picked up the spring. She put it back on a table.
Just then Mr. Whittaker came around a corner. He was tall with white hair and a moustache. He also had a kind smile.
"Good morning, Beth," Mr. Whittaker said.
"Hi, this is my cousin Patrick. He's my age," she said. "His mom is my dad's sister."
"Hi," Patrick said.
Suddenly Beth said, "There it is!"
She walked over to a large machine. The front part was round like a helicopter.
"I wanted Patrick to see the Imagination Station," she said.
Mr. Whittaker said, "I'm sorry. It's not working. That's why I brought it down here."
"May we sit in it?" Beth asked.
"Sure," Mr. Whittaker said.
Beth waved for Patrick to join her. She climbed onto the seat. Patrick followed her.
"Look at all these buttons!" he said.
He pointed to a long dashboard. It had lots of buttons, dials, and numbers on it. There was also a piece of paper sitting on the dash.
"Too bad it's not working," Beth said.
"What does this button do?" Patrick asked. He tapped a large red button with his finger.
The machine came alive. A low hum came from the back of the machine. Lights and buttons blinked on the dashboard. Needles on round dials swung back and forth.
"That's very strange," Mr. Whittaker said. "Come out again."
The cousins obeyed. The machine went dark.
Mr. Whittaker climbed inside. He pushed buttons. Nothing happened. He got out again.
"I don't know what's wrong," he said. "It's working for you, but not for me."
"May we try again?" Patrick asked.
"Go ahead," said Mr. Whittaker.
The kids got into the machine. It lit up again. Whit rubbed his chin slowly. He looked puzzled.
"It wants to take us for a ride!" Patrick said.
"May we go?" Beth asked. "Please?"
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Table of Contents
Contents1 Whit's End....................1
2 The Costume Closet....................8
3 The Note....................13
4 The Tidal Wave....................18
5 The Spear....................28
6 Erik the Red....................33
7 The Church....................41
8 The Ship....................50
9 The Thief....................57
10 The Feast....................61
11 The Full Moon....................75
12 The Bolted Door....................80
13 The Red Sail....................87
14 The Blue Stone....................96
15 The Second Note....................104
Secret Word Puzzle....................110
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love adventures in odyssey so this book is a god fit. It is an easy read and a good book to relax to...use your imagination and soar! - electric palace
I want to read it. Please tell me the first chapter.
Voyage with the Vikings is the first in a series of books featuring the Imagination Station. With time travel, history lessons, adventure, and two precocious kids, this book is a lot of fun! Geared toward elementary age students, cousins travel back in time to meet the Vikings. Readers learn about Eric the Red and his son Leif and get a glimpse at the challenge of being a Christian among the Vikings. The end of this book sets up the next in the series perfectly. I will definitely recommend these books to friends with young kids. [4 stars]
I am always looking for good fun books that kids will enjoy and want to read and with this book Voyage with the Vikings The Imagination Station book 1 by Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker I have found just that. It is also a series so it will keep your kids busy reading for awhile. I like the fact that the book has adventure, history and is a Christian book that you don't have to worry about kids reading. I think the kids will love the adventure and not even realize they might be learning about history too in this book. Beth wants to show her cousin Patrick the Imagination Station so they go to see Mr Whittaker's. He says the station isn't working, but when the two step in, it starts to work. A letter appears and it says Albert is trapped and they have to find a Viking sunstone. Beth and Patrick want to help so they take the Imagination Station back in time to the Vikings to find the sunstone. Will Beth and Patrick be able to find the sunstone, retrieve it and get back to the Station and home? Will Leif Erikkson help them find it or will his Dad Erik the Red harm them? Will they be able to get the sunstone and help Albert? You will have to read the book to find out. I enjoyed this book even at my age. I think the quest will be great fun for your kids and they will want to read this book and the rest of them too. It is a great book for kids age 6 to 10 they will really enjoy reading this book.
Greatt book. More fo ryounger kids
Mitch and Connie. It is so sad! NOVAcom makes it sad. I need to take final exam. Not fun Eastwood
This book sounds like it can be good. Maybe i will ead this.