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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 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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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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