Voyage with the Vikings

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Watch for falling ice and flying spears!
“Your Christ is a God of peace—not war!” Erik the Red said. “He has no place in Greenland.”
Mr. Whittaker, a kind but mysterious inventor, has sent cousins Patrick and Beth to Greenland through the Imagination Station. It’s the year 1000, and they meet Viking Erik the Red, who is angry about the new God. Mr. Whittaker wants the cousins to find a Sunstone, but what does one look like? And what does it ...

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Overview

Watch for falling ice and flying spears!
“Your Christ is a God of peace—not war!” Erik the Red said. “He has no place in Greenland.”
Mr. Whittaker, a kind but mysterious inventor, has sent cousins Patrick and Beth to Greenland through the Imagination Station. It’s the year 1000, and they meet Viking Erik the Red, who is angry about the new God. Mr. Whittaker wants the cousins to find a Sunstone, but what does one look like? And what does it have to do with the mysterious letter found in the inventor’s workshop? Most important, can Patrick and Beth find a Sunstone before Erik’s son Leif sails away with the Imagination Station on board his ship?
The key to adventure lies within your imagination! What to join Patrick and Beth on their adventures? Visit www.TheImaginationStation.com. You’ll find out more fun facts about Vikings and the animals of Greenland. Plus you’ll get the scoop on the next book, and much more!
Recommended for ages 7 and up
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 1.7 Tyndale House Publishers

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Natalie Gurr
Cousins Patrick and Beth step into the Imagination Station and set off for an adventure with Vikings. The Imagination Station is owned by a mysterious inventor named Mr. Whittaker who owns a toy shop known as Whit's End. He gives them a mission to find a Viking Sunstone. No one knows what a Sunstone is, but Patrick and Beth are determined to find out. Famous Vikings, Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson find the two cousins and take them back to their village. Erik thinks the children should be slaves, but Leif has recently converted to Christianity and asserts that is wrong. He protects the children from his father and treats them kindly. All Patrick and Beth have to do is avoid Erik the Red, find a mysterious Sunstone, and get back to the Imagination Station on Leif's ship, all before he sets out on his epic journey across the ocean. This novel is the first in a series called "The Imagination Station." The content and style is appropriate for the intended age range. It has a strong Christian flavor. The Vikings who worship the Norse gods are portrayed as more brutish and scary. Their specific religious beliefs are only mentioned as idol worship, and something to be avoided. Patrick and Beth are nice to Erik the Red, even when he is cruel, because they have been taught the Christian way to behave. The heavily-sided focus on Christianity makes it inappropriate for teachers to read aloud, but parents who subscribe to Christian values would appreciate the references. It is similar to "The Magic Tree House" series by Mary Pope Osborne, but the story is not as concise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589976276
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: AIO Imagination Station Books Series , #1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 321,075
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Voyage with the Vikings

BOOK 1
By MARIANNE HERING PAUL McCUSKER

TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.

Copyright © 2010 Focus on the Family
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-58997-627-6


Chapter One

Whit'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?"

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Voyage with the Vikings by MARIANNE HERING PAUL McCUSKER Copyright © 2010 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

Contents

1 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
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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    Vikings don't shake hands

    Beth & Patrick are cousins in Odyssey who, after meeting Mr. Whittaker and taking a peek at the Imagination Station, are surprised to find out that *they* can make it work - and travel in time!

    It is the year 1000, and their mission is to find a Viking sunstone. When they arrive, they discover that Vikings are pretty fierce, and they don't shake hands. They meet Erik the Red and his son, Leif, who is a Christian (his dad doesn't approve). They also get to see the Northern Lights and teach the King about kindness and loving your enemies.

    I think these are wonderful books for an earlier reader. The combination of history and fantasy (they are able to take their knowledge of historical events and make educated decisions on how to behave, etc.), really adds to the story. I recommend this series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    So after reading book 2 first - my children (8 & 5) and I re

    So after reading book 2 first - my children (8 & 5) and I read book 1. I loved the educational pieces of the story. It led us on an internet search for more information about Vikings. Anytime a book can help us learn more about our world and our history, it's great!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

    Good Choice for Struggling Readers

    As a big fan of the Adventures in Odyssey radio program, I was looking forward to reading these books. We are introduced to the two main characters, Beth and Patrick, right off the bat, along with Mr. Whittaker and Whit's End. The plot follows their first adventure in the Imagination Station, where they meet Lief Erickson and begin a story arc which will presumably carry the next several books.

    The writing is typical of what is offered at this level of children's literature. Comments comparing it to the Magic Tree House series are right on. I would hazard a guess that most readers over the age of 10 and/or advanced readers (those comfortable with books on par with Chronicles of Narnia or Alcott's Little Women) will find this a very easy read. I read this with my junior reading buddy over the summer as a quick read, and we both enjoyed it.

    The story is cheerful, includes a Christian moral, and leaves as its only loose end the lead in for the next book. A 'comprehension' quiz is included at the end of the book disguised as a secret message to ensure the reader hit all the main points. The norse names may provide a stumbling block in using this as a read aloud, but hopefully researching how to say Thjodhild will provide a fun launch pad into learning more about the Vikings and Erickson's conversion to Christianity.

    Happy Reading!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2014

    This is the first of many adventures that Beth and Patrick have

    This is the first of many adventures that Beth and Patrick have thanks to Mr. Whittaker’s imagination station machine. Although on this particular day Mr. Whittaker can’t get the machine to work for him, it did work for Beth and Patrick taking them back in time to visit a Viking ship. Mr. Whittaker provides the two with appropriate clothes for the time as well as giving Beth a chess set and Patrick a cape. He also asks them to bring him a Viking Sunstone so they can save Albert. Suddenly the two find themselves on a boat on an ocean inlet with no oars and a white polar bear roaring at them until a seal catches its attention. When part of an iceberg broke up it caused a high wave that moved their iceberg close enough to jump to shore. Once on Greenland they encountered reindeer with huge antlers running toward them. But the reindeer raced past them as Viking men approached them. Patrick and Beth met Eric the Red, ruler of Greenland and his son Leif. Eric assumed the two children were spies, but Leif pointed out they were Christians from the cross signs on their brooches. They ride on Leif’s horse to his stone house where they meet his mother Thjodhild. What did Patrick do to find the sunstone? What happens next? Great book for kids to teach them history in a fun way!

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  • Posted August 27, 2014

    Great Book for Kids! The Imagination Station Series takes the s

    Great Book for Kids!

    The Imagination Station Series takes the story of Mr. Whittaker and the Imagination Station from Adventures in Odyssey to the next level. The book follows two cousins, Beth and Patrick on their own adventure in the Imagination Station back to the time of the Vikings. They meet Erik the Red and his son Leif Eriksson, learn a little about the Vikings and finally find the sunstone.  When they finally arrive back at Whit's End the clue for the next adventure appears.  This is the perfect adventure book for kids and they get to learn a little history too.

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  • Posted August 20, 2014

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    Voyage with the Vikings, the first book in The Imagination Stati

    Voyage with the Vikings, the first book in The Imagination Station series, is a chapter book geared toward six to nine-year-olds. It’s a clean, easy to read book filled with adventure, mystery, and history. I would have treasured these chapter books if they’d been around when I was a kid.




    I love how the mysterious notes that cousins Beth and Patrick find are the glue that binds each of the Imagination stories.




    In this first book, the letter they find directs them to Greenland, circa 1000, to find a sunstone. Mr. Whittaker’s invention, the Imagination Station, is their vehicle of transportation into the past where they join the Vikings on the maiden voyage to North America.




    Along with learning history and geography, young readers also learn principles of the Bible, such as kindness, forgiveness, and God’s love.




    I’m a kid at heart, so I enjoyed reading each of the Imagination Station books, and I applaud the author for making clean, Christian adventure books available to today’s young explorers.

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  • Posted August 19, 2014

    Good start to the series An enjoyable start to this newest Imag

    Good start to the series

    An enjoyable start to this newest Imagination Station series from Focus on the Family. I like that this series (& book) teaches good lessons while also introducing readers to historical figures of importance along with the time in which they lived - and that they include some lesser well known figure, not just the "standard" ones. This is a good book for young elementary school children containing simple vocabulary, larger type, and many illustrations. It is also an easy book to read aloud. Recommend

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    Beth and her cousin Patrick get to take a trip in the Imaginatio

    Beth and her cousin Patrick get to take a trip in the Imagination Station to see some Vikings. They end up in Greenland and meet Erick the Red and his son Leif. They learn about how some Vikings were Christians but others worshiped Norse gods. They also learned how the Vikings marked the seasons with a sunstone. Very fun way for kids to learn history!

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  • Posted August 13, 2014

    Voyage with the Vikings is the start of the Imagination Station

    Voyage with the Vikings is the start of the Imagination Station series. Cousins Patrick and Beth go back in time to meet vikings, including Erik the Red. Erik and son, Leif argue about Christianity. Patrick teaches Erik the power of kindness. 
    I love this series. It's a great way to teach children good values.
    5 stars.

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  • Posted August 9, 2014

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    This is the first novel in the Imagination Station series, and i

    This is the first novel in the Imagination Station series, and it's a fantastic introduction to what promises to be some exciting reading adventures! In "Voyage With the Vikings" Patrick and Beth meet the Imagination Station and have their first time travel experience. On their journey the two cousins encounter Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson, two of the most infamous of the Vikings of old. Turns out Leif is a brother believer, but dear old dad (Erik) isn't. By the time the adventure ends, Beth and Patrick have taught a few lessons in kindness and humility, as well as brains over brawn. They've also recovered a critical sunstone and returned to help free their friend, only to find a new adventure awaits.. Your young readers will experience history through the eyes of Beth and Patrick, learning along the way and enjoying some great, quality fiction!

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    Posted June 27, 2014

    This is a great start off book for the Imagination Station serie

    This is a great start off book for the Imagination Station series, where Patrick and Beth go to the time of vikings! Protected by the ruler's son Leif they must not be found not with him Otherwise his father Eric the Red will make Patrick and Beth his slaves! My favorite part is where Beth beats Eric the Red in a game of chess. Beth and Patrick learn to show kindness toward your enemies. Besides all of this the are given a sunstone from Leif as a trade for Beth's chess set. This will help Albert be saved from being locked up in Lord Darkthorns's tower.

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    As an adult having never (except maybe once) listened to Adventu

    As an adult having never (except maybe once) listened to Adventures in Odyssey, I still enjoyed this little book. It's fast-paced, simply-put but informative, and has fun illustrations. Children will enjoy traveling back in time through this series, I'm sure. The children in the book are brave, helpful, and loving, without the bickering and name-calling you often find in kids' books.

    The whole story is not resolved, which makes one more curious to read the rest of the series, but at least the one time period is finished.

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  • Posted August 4, 2012

    Adventures in Odyssey Imagination Station book 1, Voyage with th

    Adventures in Odyssey Imagination Station book 1, Voyage with the Vikings by Paul McCusker and Marianne Hering has a good message that parents will like. Kids will love this book!

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    Tyndale Summer Reading Program

    Cousins Beth and Patrick went to Whit's End. After getting into the imagination station they were transported to where the Vikings lived. They were told that they needed to find a Viking sun stone or Mr. Whitaker's friend would be locked in Lord Darthorn's tower. They met Leif Erikson and he helped them find the sun stone. When they were on their way home Patrick told Leif Erikson's father about Jesus. The cousins made it back to the imagination station they gave the sun stone to Whit to help Albert. Then they found another note telling them that they needed to help Albert by going to Rome to get the monk's silver cup.

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    "Voyage With the Vikings" is the first in The Imaginat

    "Voyage With the Vikings" is the first in The Imagination Station series, presented by Focus on the Family. In this book, we are introduced to cousins Beth and Patrick who are sent on amazing adventures in the Imagination Station, invented by Mr. Whitaker. Each adventure has something that the cousins need to accomplish in order to help save another character.

    I read this book with my four-year-old, and he really enjoyed it. It's reminiscent of "The Magic Treehouse" series, but with a bit more depth and detail. We are already looking forward to getting the next book from the library to continue the adventure!

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Voyage with the Vikings

    Recently I picked up Voyage with the Vikings, the first book in Adventures in Odyssey's Imagination Station series. The book is written by Paul McCusker and Marianne Hering, and tells the story of cousins Patrick and Ben. While visiting the Whit's End soda shop they climb into the Imagination Station where they find a mysterious letter asking for a Viking sunstone. Mr. Whittaker then transports the two to Greenland in the year 1000. There they meet the Viking king Erik the Red and his son Leif Eriksson.
    What's great about this book is that not only do you have some great Viking history in it, but the story also corresponds with Christian history, where it talks about the growing amount of Christians in the Norse world. Not only that, but kids will love the adventure and will have fun while learning something new. And you can even visit the Adventures in Odyssey website to learn more facts about the Vikings, find some coloring pages and even some family games and devotionals that all tie in with the book.
    If you have a young grade school child, then this will be the perfect book for them (and you) and I have to say that I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

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    Great Book

    By: Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker Book#1
    In the voyage with the Vikings, Patrick and Beth go on an adventure in the imagination station and visited Greenland and the Vikings. While they are there they meet Erik the red, a mean old king, but they can not let that stop them from there mission. If they do not get a sunstone by the next full moon, someone will die because of it. Will they save the day or will fear destroy there mission before it is even started. Find out when you read Voyage with the Vikings.


    This book is a mix of things that makes it hard to talk about. This book is a mix of history fiction and mystery. I really enjoyed this book, even though it is a very short book and a kid book I thought it had quiet a lot of information for such a small book. The book has a couple of illustrations' that are very well done even though they are black and white they are very well detailed. You will imagine your self there in the story in the adventure and facing what they faced. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to any homeschooler.

    I was not made to write a good review, only to voice my opinion. This book was written by Paul McCusker and Marianne Hering, published by Tydale publisher.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

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    Didn't know Leif Erickson was a Christian. Learn something new everyday.

    I haven't listened to much of Adventures in Odyssey yet, but I've enjoyed what I've heard on the radio/television thus far. Based on what I have watched and heard from them, I feel their program is very creative, humorous, and inspirational for all ages; I wish I would have heard about them when I was younger. I thought of their program when I saw this book was available and had the Adventures in Odyssey logo. I realize this is a book meant for mid to late elementary school children, and it brought back memories of the Scholastic book Fair coming to my Public elementary school where I would buy/read a few of their books. Looking back from that time, if I had a book like this when I was a kid I probably would have liked it and learned from it too.

    Voyage with the Vikings, is the 1st book out of four within the Imagination Station Book Series. Patrick and his cousin Beth come to Whit's End (an ice cream shop) to see Mr. Whittaker and he shows the kids a special device called The Imagination Station. The Imagination Station is like a time machine only a bit more complex where it will desire for the user to complete a certain objective without alternating history. In this story, the cousins see there is a mysterious note left for them within the Imagination Station telling them to go find a Viking Sunstone in order to save someone named Albert. With Mr. Whittaker's permission, they use the Imagination Station to go back to the time of the Vikings where they meet Erik the Red and Leif Ericson (sometimes also spelled Eriksson).

    One curious detail was how the book said Leif was a Christian. I wasn't sure if this idea was accurate or fan fiction, because I never learned this within the public school setting, so I did some brief online research and sure enough Leif and others within the Viking culture were Christians, but there were some Vikings including Erik the Red who detested Christ as being too peaceful and prefer to worship pagan gods like Thor. As for the book itself, I thought it was pretty decent because it had large print, I liked the artwork provided, it was definitely educational, it showed good Christian conduct, and I also enjoyed the story enough where I am curious what happens in the next three books; I might have to review those later. My one complaint about the book, and perhaps they did this because of the reading level, is the story seemed a bit short and fast paced. I wished there was more to have read and the story didn't progress so quickly, but then again the quick pace prevents someone from skim reading lol. A good story for kids who are starting to get into more active reading.

    Disclaimer: Ben Umnus was given a free copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishing, but he was neither paid for his review nor was he commanded by Tyndale House Publishing to write a positive review. This review is the personal, written opinion of Ben Umnus.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    SO much BETTER Than "Magic Treehouse" b/c it's Christian-style!

    Anything by Adventures in Odyssey and Focus on the Family has got to be good, I thought, and this book didn't disappoint! The Imagination Station series is above my daughters' reading level (all 3 are in 1st grade) but I often read books like this to them during our home school class time.

    We just finished reading "The Reluctant Dragon" (which I also highly recommend) and this book was next on the shelf. "Voyage With the Vikings" grabbed our interest from the first. I love History as much as I love books, and my kids love History, too. I've been reading them great historical non-fiction (try David Adler's picture book series) and great historical fiction since they were tiny. No dry Ferris Bueller-style History lessons for us!

    "Voyage with the Vikings" is actually the first book in the Imagination Station series by Marianne Herring and Paul McKuster. This book is about real-life vikings Eric the Red and Leif Eriksson. The cover itself gives an accurate description of the book: 2 kids, Beth and Patrick, end up going back to around AD1,000 and getting mixed up in a viking adventure. "Voyage with the Vikings" delves into the history of Iceland, Leif Eriksson's conversion to Christianity and the strife that caused between he and his father, and so much more... but you'll have to read it to find out the "more"!

    This series is great, exciting fiction that's sure to peak your kids' interest in History. It's very similar to the popular Magic Treehouse Series but better because it's got great spiritual values, too. It's the Christian version of good kids historical fiction I've been waiting for! These kids pray and rely on Jesus whether they're living in 2010 or 1000 years in the past.

    We are SO eager to read the other books in the series!

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    A great adventure for boys and girls of all ages

    Wonderful chapter reader for children! If your children like the Adventure in Odyssey series they will love this book of adventure and excitement. Children are quickly drawn into a lively tale of viking adventures. They meet Leif Erikson and are set out on a mission to fine a sunstone before he sets sail with the Imagination Station on board - will they make it? The story is well-written and easy to read. My oldest boy was so excited to receive it in the mail and could not wait to begin reading. The children are confronted with many challenges and opportunities to share about God when they meet Erik the Red. Erik is angry about the new god that challenges his current beliefs. However the story has a redemptive and happy ending. Faith and courage prevail as is always the case in Adventures in Odyssey. I love the fact that children are absorbing good morals and values without even realizing it - for once the parent doesn't have to be the only one stating these things. Children are invited to see what these things are in action.

    Excellent book. Thank you Tyndale for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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