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A Root-Beer Float
"It's not fair," Beth muttered to herself. She was walking into Whit's End.
She walked past several customers. They sat at tables eating ice cream.
Whit was busy behind the counter. He smiled at her. "Hi, Beth. What can I get for you?" he asked.
"A double scoop of ice cream, please," Beth said, "with root beer."
She sat on a stool and folded her arms on the counter. Then she rested her chin on her arms.
Whit slid the foamy root-beer float across the counter. "Do you want to tell me what's wrong?" he asked kindly.
"Hey, Beth!" a familiar voice called from behind her.
Beth turned around and saw her cousin Patrick walk into Whit's End. He approached the ice-cream counter.
A large backpack was slung over his shoulder. He dropped it onto the stool next to Beth.
"You have a lot of books there," Whit said.
Patrick nodded. "Yep," he said. "I've got a science report to do."
"Let me know if you need help," Whit said.
"Uh-oh," Patrick said. "I see a two-scoop root-beer float. What's wrong, Beth?"
Whit looked to Beth for her answer.
"I had trouble at school," Beth said. "It was during recess."
"What happened?" Whit asked.
"Leslie Wazzek and her friends ganged up on Rachel," Beth said. "Leslie said that Rachel cheated off her during a math test."
"I know Rachel," Whit said. "I have a hard time believing she'd ever cheat."
"That's just it," Beth said. "Rachel didn't cheat on the test."
"And if she was going to cheat," Patrick added, "she wouldn't cheat off Leslie! Leslie couldn't add two sticks together using all her fingers ... and a calculator. She's about as smart as—"
"We've got the idea," Whit said to Patrick. He turned to Beth. "Why are you upset about an accusation that isn't true?"
"Because Leslie and her friends teased Rachel the entire recess. Finally Rachel started crying and ran inside," Beth said.
"You saw all of this?" Whit said.
Beth nodded. "I was right there," she said sadly. "I should have done something to stick up for Rachel. But I didn't. I was ... afraid."
"Afraid of what?" Whit asked.
"Afraid of Leslie turning on me," Beth said. "She says mean things about people."
"Yeah, that's Leslie, all right," Patrick said.
Beth lowered her head. "I'm such a wimp," she said.
Whit gazed at her a moment. "We all have moments of feeling afraid," he said softly. "But that doesn't mean we're cowards."
"What do you mean?" Beth asked.
"The two of you should come with me," Whit said.
Beth looked up at him. "An adventure in the Imagination Station?" she asked.
Whit nodded. "Have you ever seen a dragon?" he asked.
"A dragon!" Patrick cried out.
Whit smiled and motioned for them to follow him.
* * *
Beth sat inside the Imagination Station. It was like the front end of a helicopter.
"Where are we going?" she asked. The idea of meeting a dragon made her feel curious. And a little uneasy.
"To England, right?" Patrick asked. "That's where all the dragons were. King Arthur killed one, I think."
Whit laughed. "No, not England," he said. "And you're not going to meet King Arthur. This adventure takes place in northern Africa. You're going to meet a man named Georgius."
"You really think this will help?" Beth asked. "With Leslie and Rachel, I mean."
Whit raised an eyebrow. "Are you all right, Beth?" he asked.
Beth shrugged. "I don't know which scares me more," she said. "Leslie Wazzek or meeting a dragon."
Whit chuckled. "There's only one way to find out. Are you ready?"
The cousins nodded.
Whit tapped a button, and the door slid closed. The red button on the dashboard began to blink. Beth pushed it. The machine began to shake. There was a loud hum. Then everything went black.
Excerpted from Hunt for the Devil's Dragon by MARIANNE HERING. Copyright © 2013 by Focus on the Family. Excerpted by permission of TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC..
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1 A Root-Beer Float......... 1
2 Hide-and-Seek............. 8
3 Georgius.................. 20
4 The Message............... 31
5 The Daring Ride........... 42
6 The Beast................. 54
7 The Breakout.............. 66
8 Dragon's Fire............. 75
9 Battle at the Cave........ 85
10 The Dragon's Fate........ 93
11 Lucius's Lies............ 100
12 The Saber-tooth.......... 108
13 Good-byes................ 117
14 Whit's End............... 125
Secret Word Puzzle.......... 132
Posted August 21, 2014
Hunt for the Devil's Dragon (Imagination Station Book 9)
In this book, Mr. Whittaker’s Imagination station sends cousins Beth and Patrick to 13th Century Libya, where a cruel animal, believed to be a devil sent by the Devil, is attacking the townsfolk’s livestock.
This story is a little ‘dark’, and I’m not a fan of dragon stories, but it’s still a fun, adventurous read for brave young readers—especially boys. Parents may want to read this one with their child if they’re sensitive or apt to have bad dreams, etc. It’s not overly graphic, but parents should be aware that very young children could be hypersensitive.
Hunt for the Devil’s Dragon teaches young book explorers to stand up for what they believe in, and the rewards for steadfastness. The morals are strong, the fun destinations the cousins visit provide opportunities to learn a bit about history, and the books are invaluable tools to teach sons and daughters much needed direction.
I give props to the author and illustrator for these memorable characters that embody sound Christian principles.
Posted August 9, 2014
Although I'm a fan of the Imagination Station books, this one is one of my least favorites. I like the way the series teaches children about history, but I thought the theme of this one was a little darker than the others.
However, despite the dark theme, this book offers children a look into life during early Christian times and a good lesson about faith. Parents, be aware that your children might have a lot of questions about human sacrifice. You might want to pre-read this one.
I continue to love this series and will definitely read more of the books. If you are looking for a great series for beginning chapter readers, this is a great one.
Posted August 3, 2014
When Beth shows up at Whit’s End upset over her friend Rachel being accused of cheating during a math test when she obviously didn’t, Whit wanted to know why she was upset over a lie. Beth said she was afraid. So Whit sent Beth and her friend Patrick on an Imagination Station adventure. They end up in Libya where they meet Hazi and Sabra and their father Tarek. When they head home in Tarek’s wagon, a servant rushes up with news that a young shepherd was taken by a dragon. The village people want sacrifices and have chosen a girl. When Tarek orders them to let her go, the villagers seize his daughter Sabra. Will the dragon eat Sabra? Who will rescue the girls? The cousins learn the importance of standing up for truth in this exciting adventure!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 3, 2014
I love these Imagination Station books! In this one the cousins Patrick and Beth end up in 13th century Libya and learn about the Roman soldiers there, dragons, saber toothed tigers and standing up for those wronged. Great book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 7, 2014
Updated Adventures in Odyssey book for young children teaches a good lesson (but with a misleading title)
As this is the first Imagination Station book I read, I was surprised - I expected the storyline to be slightly more advanced. (I'm used to the Adventures in Odyssey and Imagination Station from 15+ years ago. The characters & illustration style are different from then! This makes sense, I just didn't think about that before picking up the book.) Instead, you have a pretty basic story filled with basic language aimed at young elementary school children. The book teaches children to stand up for what is right, and not be afraid of bullies, which is certainly a useful lesson. Given the large illustrations & large type, the book is even smaller than it appears - which is pretty thin - and provides a very easy read.
Because of the lack of depth to the book, my inclination is to give it 3 stars, however, keeping in mind it's intended audience of young children improves the rating by a star. B&N doesn't have half stars, or I'd knock it down to 3.5 stars for a misleading title - the "Devil's" part of "Devil's Dragon" is irrelevant to and completely missing from the story. "Hunt for the Dragon" would be a more accurate, but not as catchy, title.
Posted June 29, 2014
Hunt for the Devil’s Dragon is the eleventh installment to the Imagination Station Series. Beth and Patrick go on yet another adventure that takes them back to the Roman times. It is full of action with a good lesson that young and old could learn from. This isn’t my favorite of the others from the series I have read but it is still good.
4 ½ stars
Posted June 25, 2014
I love this series of books. I've read a few now, but this was my least favorite. I really like how the others I've read have been about real life heros of the past. This one was based on an imaginary knight who fought dragons. There is still some interesting history to talk about after reading it, but it wasn't the same as being based on a real person. I felt like they were just trying to write a book boys would like because it had a dragon in it. But besides that, it was well-written and action packed. My three girls ages 8-4 loved it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 24, 2014
Exciting Series; There truly is a lot of imagination in these Imagination Station stories. The historical figures are presented creatively and in a very entertaining way. Read them first, to be sure they are age appropriate for your child. The stories reflect real history as well as stories that could be hyperbole. They are useful for sending readers to research more into the characters. Two children are transported to different places and times, where they have character-building experiences. This one combines dragons and a large saber-tooth feline with heroes and bad guys for an uplifting lesson.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2014
This book was one of the best we've read in the Imagination Station series. It was so incredibly good! My kiddos are fascinated by dragons and dinosaurs, and this definitely proved to hold their interest. Besides that, the historical undertones were enough to grow their steadily increasing love for history (makes a history loving mama proud!)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.