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Voyage with the Vikings

Voyage with the Vikings

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by Paul McCusker, Marianne Hering

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While visiting Mr. Whittaker at Whit's Soda Shoppe, Beth and Patrick find a mysterious letter in the Imagination Station requesting a Viking sunstone. The letter is old and says that someone named Albert will be imprisoned if the sunstone isn't found. Mr. Whittaker sends cousins Patrick and Beth to Greenland circa 1000. On their quest for the sunstone, the cousins


While visiting Mr. Whittaker at Whit's Soda Shoppe, Beth and Patrick find a mysterious letter in the Imagination Station requesting a Viking sunstone. The letter is old and says that someone named Albert will be imprisoned if the sunstone isn't found. Mr. Whittaker sends cousins Patrick and Beth to Greenland circa 1000. On their quest for the sunstone, the cousins meet Vikings Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson--and find the sunstone as they join Leif on his first voyage to North America. But the adventure is just beginning, for when they return to Mr. Whittaker's workshop with the sunstone, there is another note waiting for them, requesting a silver goblet.
Join Patrick and Beth as they continue their travel to various lands and time in the Imagination Station book series.

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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 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 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
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.

Product Details

Focus on the Family
Publication date:
AIO Imagination Station Books , #1
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Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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Voyage with the Vikings



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?"


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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