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It was the end of summer. Patrick pushed open the door to Whit's End. The bell above the ice-cream-shop door jingled.
Patrick's cousin Beth followed him.
Patrick went to the counter and sat down. His face was red. He was breathing hard.
A friendly looking man with white hair and a white moustache stood behind the counter. He was cleaning a glass. His name was John Avery Whittaker. Some adults called him Whit. He looked up at the two cousins and smiled.
"Hello, Patrick," Whit said. "Hi, Beth."
Beth climbed onto a stool next to Patrick.
"Hi, Mr. Whittaker," Beth said.
Whit eyed Patrick. "Is everything all right, Patrick?"
Patrick frowned. "No," he said.
Whit put down the glass. "What's wrong?"
Patrick clenched his hands together. He fumed.
"School starts next week. Patrick is mad about it," Beth explained.
Whit chuckled. "I remember how hard it was to see vacations end," he said.
"I don't like school," Patrick said.
Whit gazed at Patrick. "What don't you like about it?" Whit asked.
"It's hard work. Everyone bosses me around. The kids tease me," Patrick said.
Whit nodded. "I understand," he said warmly. "But you know the hard work is to help you learn. And getting 'bossed around' is part of being taught. It's about discipline and responsibility."
"I don't like it," Patrick said. "Especially after summer break. We got to do whatever we wanted."
"I know what you mean," Whit said. He turned to Beth. "Is that how you feel?" Whit asked.
"Mostly. But I'm looking forward to seeing my friends again," Beth said.
"That's because you have a lot of friends," Patrick said. "I have only a few. The rest of the time I get teased."
Whit asked Patrick, "What do they tease you about?"
Patrick shrugged. "Almost everything," he said. "I'm not as good at sports as some of them. And I'm not as smart as some of the others. It's the smart ones who bother me the most."
Whit asked, "About what?" Patrick thought for a moment. "Some of them say I'm stupid. It's all because I believe in God," he said.
Whit's eyebrows wrinkled together with concern. "They tease you about your faith?" he asked.
"A few kids in the science club are proud of themselves. They brag that they don't believe in God," Patrick said. "They know that I do, so they tease me about it."
"You, too?" Whit asked Beth.
"Sometimes," she replied.
Whit rubbed his chin. "That's too bad," he said.
"It's like they won't be happy until I believe the way they do," Patrick said.
Whit leaned on the counter. "People who don't believe in God are often bothered by those who do. Or they believe in other gods. It's happened throughout history," he said. "Some people are made slaves for their beliefs."
"That's how I feel about school," Patrick said. "I feel like I'm a slave. Teachers make us work hard."
Whit put his hand over his mouth. Beth thought he was going to laugh.
"I don't think you know much about slavery. Or you wouldn't say things like that," Whit said.
"I was a slave in one of the Imagination Station trips," Beth said. "It was hard."
Patrick shrugged. "I'm just telling you how I feel," he said.
"And where do you think God is while you're feeling this way?" Whit asked. A smile hung around his lips. "Has He disappeared? Has He abandoned you to the terrible suffering you have at school?"
Patrick looked at Whit. "Now you're teasing me," he said.
"I'm just wondering," Whit said.
Patrick slowly shook his head.
Whit stroked his moustache. He often did that when he had an idea. "How would you two like a trip in the Imagination Station?" Whit asked.
"I'd love to go!" Beth said. She leaped from the stool.
"I guess," Patrick said as he slid from his stool. "Are you going to make me a slave to teach me how bad it is?"
Whit smiled. "No. I have another idea," he said.
He led the cousins to the basement workshop.
They entered a large room filled with inventions and tools. The Imagination Station sat in the corner.
The Imagination Station was bubble-shaped like the front part of a helicopter. It had sliding doors on two sides. Inside were two seats and a control panel. It was kind of like a time machine.
Excerpted from Secret of the Prince's Tomb by MARIANNE HERING MARSHAL YOUNGER 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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Posted July 10, 2012
The seventh book in the Imagination Station series is a standalone adventure following the completion of the story arc which carried books 1-6.
Dreading the first day of school, Patrick and Beth take the Imagination Station to ancient Egypt and find themselves confronted by the enslavement of the Habiru. They begin a journey to find a way to give the Habiru hope, and learn a valuable lesson themselves.
An enjoyable read for ages 7 and up. The book also includes additional information about ancient Egypt and a puzzle for the reader to complete.
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Posted August 21, 2014
Secret of the Prince’s Tomb (Imagination Station Book 7)
Secret of the Prince’s Tomb, the seventh book in The Imagination Station series, is a chapter book geared toward six to nine-year-olds. It’s an adventure and mystery book with the added bonus of learning history and Christian principles.
This is the first book in the series that doesn’t have an alliterative title, making it slightly less inviting, in my opinion. Having fun titles and great illustrations is an eye-catcher and piques interest in young readers.
In this book, the Imagination station sends Beth and Patrick to ancient Egypt in search of a ‘great secret’ and to keep a young girl from being forced into slavery. With mysterious mazes, mummies, and such, young readers are taken on an adventure similar to the story of the Israelites and Joseph’s story in the Bible.
Although this story is entertaining, I didn’t find it as good as some of the earlier ones in the series. But along with learning history and geography, there are also lessons on trust and faith, and the effects of bullying.
As an adult with a young heart, I enjoyed reading each of the Imagination Station books, and applaud the authors and illustrators for making Christian adventure books available to today’s young, book explorers.
Posted August 18, 2014
I have read quite a few books out of this series. I liked how this one was about the time God's people were in Egypt between Joseph and Moses. I do like the books based on Bible stories. It was about trusting God in the midst of hard times. However, the story itself was a bit far fetched and the whole idea of a "secret of Joseph's tomb" was a bit misleading. But my kids still loved listening to it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2014
“People who don’t believe in God are often bothered by those who do.” As Whit discovers Patrick is having a hard time at school he offers cousins Patrick and Beth an adventure in the Imagination Station and they end up in Ancient Egypt and encounter people who are starting to be treated as slaves. Patrick realizes that the bullying he is facing for his faith is nothing like what the Habiru encountered. Great lessons on trusting God even when you don’t know what is going to happen next.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2014
Misleading title & tag, but still interesting
A good book (& series) for young readers that is engaging and teaches a little about history. If I could, I'd dock this book a half star to 3.5 stars because there is no secret in the prince's tomb that needs unraveling (as the title & back of the book suggest). Older readers will figure out the "plot twist" easily, but it should be a nice surprise for the younger ones. Worth reading to your children.
Posted July 18, 2014
This is a fun story about two children who enter the Imagination Station in Odyssey to go to Egypt where they would help a poor Habiru girl who some men were trying to kidnap. Her family was being forced out of their home by Egyptians. They also met the pharaoh’s son Lateef and found out the pharaoh was concerned that the Habiru were having too many children. Therefore the Egyptians were making the Habiru their slaves. When Tabitha was forced to carry pots of water, Patrick and Beth decided to help her. How they rescued her and the experiences they had as they tried to help her and her father made an amazing adventure!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2014
Secret of the Prince's Tomb sends Beth and Patrick to Ancient Egypt. This is where they meet with Egyptians who worship many gods and Hebrews who worship the one true God. What a great adventure that even involves mummies. A fun Read and a good lesson to learn about early believers of God.
Posted July 3, 2014
I loved all of these books in this series but I believe this was my favorite. This had a little more adventure than the last ones. Patrick and Beth are in the Imaginary Station and they are traveling back to Egypt. They encounter a girl about their age named Tabitha. They try to help her family and along the way they encounter pyramids and mummy's along with a lot of other adventures! These books really bring history alive for the younger generation. I would recommend this book mainly to children but also to adults that would like a very easy readWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 1, 2014
Secrets of the Prince's Tomb is book 7 in The Imagination Station series of books. These are from the show we all love, Adventures in Odyssey, and feature Mr. Whittaker and his invention, The Imagination Station. The Imagination Station is a machine that helps you travel in time. This whole series of books revolves around Patrick and Beth. In this story Patrick is complaining about having to go back to school and how he feels like a slave. Whit sends them back in time to just when the Hebrews were being enslaved by the Egyptians so they could learn what slavery is really like. They also learn much about their faith and having hope in God.
This book series is a fabulous substitute for the hugely popular Magic Treehouse books. If you are looking for something that can help your kids learn about history but from a Biblical perspective and without the magic this is the series for you. My 9 year old loves them but they are more at a 1st-2nd grade reading level. I highly recommend getting this whole series for your children.
Posted June 25, 2014
My kiddos and I read this book together as soon as it came out. This one has quite a bit of mystery and my kids were on the edge of their seats half the time. They couldn't wait to see what happened next and, I have to admit, either could I. All of us learned quite a bit more about Egyptian culture and made some exciting discoveries about the biblical Joseph. An exciting read! Highly recommend!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2014
Wonderful Series. This story has surprises, hope, and exotic places to help the kids learn. I enjoy the creative way the stories are retold. Young readers will be intrigued and inspired. In this story, the kids learn several lessons, including how comfortable we are in our times compared to ancient times. They also have a responsible assignment to complete. It is fun to guess the identity of the Prince before it is revealed. This book can be read on its own, because it does not depend on any earlier books in the Imagination Station series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2014
Why is the 9th book not available to purchase? Could you please put it on here so we can buy it for our nook. 5 stars for the series but its been frustrating not finding the 9th book.
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Posted August 29, 2012
Secret of the Prince's Tomb is the seventh book in the Imagination Station series by Marianne Hering and Marshall Younger. The stories follow cousins Patrick and Beth in their various adventures in the imagination station. Lovers of the radio series Adventures in Odyssey will be sure to fall in love with these books. The series is written for younger readers but people of all ages will love the Christian values it teaches and enjoy the story. All in all it was a great book.
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