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Showdown with the Shepherd

Showdown with the Shepherd

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by Marianne Hering

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The key to adventure lies within your imagination! Cousins Patrick and Beth go to the Holy Land in the tenth century BC. Their goal is to get back the ring Hugh stole and return him to 1450s England where he belongs. But troubles await them as soon as they step out of the Imagination Station. First they meet an angry bear and later an angry giant. Set against the


The key to adventure lies within your imagination! Cousins Patrick and Beth go to the Holy Land in the tenth century BC. Their goal is to get back the ring Hugh stole and return him to 1450s England where he belongs. But troubles await them as soon as they step out of the Imagination Station. First they meet an angry bear and later an angry giant. Set against the backdrop of the David and Goliath story, the cousins learn that having a giant faith is more important than having a giant on your side.

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Focus on the Family
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AIO Imagination Station Books Series , #5
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3 MB
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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Showdown with the Shepherd



Copyright © 2011 Focus on the Family
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ISBN: 978-1-58997-631-3

Chapter One

The Workshop

"Hi, Mr. Whittaker," Patrick and Beth said at the same time. It was Friday after school. The cousins had come to Whit's End to visit their friend.

Mr. Whittaker shut a panel on the side of the Imagination Station.

He looked up at them and smiled.

"Good afternoon," Mr. Whittaker said.

Beth thought he looked tired. Did he work all night and day? she wondered.

"Is the machine fixed yet?" Patrick asked.

"Almost," Mr. Whittaker said.

"Have you found Hugh?" asked Beth.

"I've programmed the Imagination Station. It will now find the ring Hugh took," he said. "I'd like to send you after it. That is, if you're willing to go."

"We sure are!" said Patrick.

"Where are we going?" Beth asked.

"To the Holy Land when the kings of Israel ruled," Mr. Whittaker said. "I've put your costumes in the changing rooms."

The cousins changed clothes in separate rooms.

Beth came out first. She wore a plain wool tunic. It had a tan vest and belt. Patrick's tunic was like Beth's. But his didn't have a vest. Instead a tan sash wrapped around into a belt.

Mr. Whittaker then gave Beth a silver harmonica. He handed Patrick a rope woven with snake knots.

"Why does she get something fun?" Patrick asked. "All I got was this bracelet."

"You'll unravel that mystery when the time comes," Mr. Whittaker said. He gave Patrick a wink.

"Why do I have a harmonica?" Beth asked. "I know how to play a couple of songs."

"Which songs?" Mr. Whittaker asked.

"'The Alphabet Song' and 'Jesus Loves Me,'" Beth said.

"Those will do," Mr. Whittaker said. "Now go ahead and climb into the Imagination Station."

Patrick slipped the bracelet on his wrist. Beth tucked the harmonica inside a pocket. Then she and Patrick stepped into the machine.

"Remember," Mr. Whittaker said, "you need to find Hugh. Then get the ring from him. Once you put on the ring, the Imagination Station will appear. I programmed it to send you back to Hugh's time in England."

Patrick looked at Beth. He swallowed a lump in his throat. Hugh wasn't very nice.

"How will we get the ring from Hugh?" Patrick asked. "He's a lot bigger than we are."

"Let me tell you something," Mr. Whittaker said. "You two are small. But you're a lot smarter than Hugh. Just use your common sense. God will help you."

Beth smiled.

"Are you both ready?" Mr. Whittaker asked.

The cousins nodded. Patrick and Beth leaned back in their seats. The inside of the Imagination Station reminded Patrick of a helicopter cockpit.

Mr. Whittaker tapped the dashboard next to the red button. "The machine is programmed," he said. "Press the button when you're ready."

Mr. Whittaker stepped back. He walked over to a desk where a computer sat.

Beth pushed the red button.

The Imagination Station started to shake.

Beth knew what was about to happen. She waited for the rumbling. Patrick imagined a helicopter taking off. He pushed his body into the seat and waited.

The machine jerked forward. The rumble grew louder.

The machine whirled.

Suddenly, everything went black.


Excerpted from Showdown with the Shepherd by MARIANNE HERING BROCK EASTMAN Copyright © 2011 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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Showdown with the Shepherd 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Imaginative and Intriguing; These books reflect the Bible stories in a new way. Youngsters will enjoy the action while learning about history as seen by two children. I thought the shepherd was a realistic and likeable character. This is very well done.
Louisa_May More than 1 year ago
This 5th book in the Imagination Station series is a bit different as it's based on a bible story (the others, so far, weren't). It follows the adventure of Beth and Patrick as they continue to uncover the mystery of the Imagination Station, Albert, Hugh, Lord Darkthorn, and the stolen treasures. This book is written at a 2nd grade reading level, but even I was captured with the story! Definitely a page turner that keeps you hooked and makes you want to read more about the real historical figures between its pages. My children and I have read all of the Imagination Station books in order up to this one. You could read them alone, but the story is a continuing one and I highly recommend starting with the 1st in the series, Voyage With the Vikings. As a homeschooling mom, I use these as part of my history curriculum. Yes, historical fiction may be a bit unorthodox, but it grabs my children's interest, real-life characters are featured in these books, and the authors stick as close to possible to real life events as can be expected with 2nd graders historical fiction. It feeds my kids interest in going deeper with history, and gives them a love for it that most public school history classes don't. This is my favorite series for this age level and I couldn't recommend it more highly! By the way, you can get Imagination Station books for free by participating in Tyndale's Summer Reading Program! Google it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you read the story of David and Goliath? If not, check it out. Its in 1 Samuel 17, KJV. After you read it, buy this book. It will make more sence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SophiesMindset More than 1 year ago
Difficult to pull off a Biblical story, but overall not bad I'd give this book 3.5 stars if I could, but I can't. It's not necessarily that this book is worse than the others in the series (solid average of 4 stars) but that it feels ... different when you're messing with the Bible. I think it's tasteful overall, but this one was a stretch for me, whereas I could usually accept the other adventures without issue.  Overall, I still recommend this book for early elementary aged children. Word of warning: this book does not do well as a stand alone, it is a part of a story arch that begins with book one and carries on at least another book.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
Showdown with the Shepherd, book five of The Imagination Station series, is reminiscent of the Bible story of David and Goliath. The Imagination Station transports Beth and Patrick on an important journey to the Holy Land in 10th century BC. Following the trip to 15th century England, where the cousins went in the previous book of this series, Hugh must be sent back where he belongs after they retrieve a ring that he stole. The alliterative titles of each of the Imagination Station books are fun and imaginative. And each adventure contains the lovable cousins, Beth and Patrick. These stories spark children’s imaginations—something that often gets ignored, and are loaded with historical notables and Christian principles.  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.
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
In this exciting story about David and Goliath, the cousins, Patrick and Beth, meet David who saved them with his slingshot from being eaten by a bear. They go with David to the war camp where they meet King Saul and hear David volunteer to fight the giant Goliath. Who is kidnapped when Hugh shows up at King Saul’s tent with a message from the Philistines? What had Hugh made that would enable the Philistines to win? What did Patrick do to prevent that?
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Once again the eight year old cousins are off on an adventure, this time to ancient Israel where they bump into David just before he goes to the camp that Goliath is taunting. Unfortunately an evil knight from England has gone ahead and is trying to change history by showing the Philistines how to build a catapult. Can Patrick and Beth stop him and get him back to England? This one might be a little confusing for young children but entertaining for the slightly older one with the addition to the story of David and Goliath. I loved how David’s older brothers were portrayed.
thedeena63 More than 1 year ago
You can always count on quality with Focus on the Family and Tyndale Publishing, which is important when it comes to our children. "The Imagination Station" series brings familiar characters from the "Adventures in Odyssey" and inserts them into Biblical and historical events that really happened. But there is always a twist. in "Showdown with the Shepherd", Peter and Beth encounter David as a shepherd, just before he's about to face Goliath. Problem is Hugh has introduced the Philistines to weapons of war that they shouldn't have in order to make a name (and fame) for himself. Can Peter and Beth destroy his plans and keep history on track? As a mom of eight and a grandmother of four, I see great potential in this series. Teaching young ones about the Bible and helping them see themselves in situations such as facing a giant, interesting them in history. Or just plain old good read-aloud time with the family. I'm getting the entire set for my grandchildren, and I highly recommend this series. Deena Peterson, Reviewer
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Showdown With the Shepherd is the fifth book of the Imagination Station series. This time Patrick and Beth get to meet the young shepherd boy, David. They get to live through the Biblical story involving their new friend, David and Goliath. They, also, had another meeting with troublemaker, Hugh. He just doesn’t give up. I liked this book. It was enjoyable to “meet” David. 5 stars
thecraftyhome1 More than 1 year ago
Showdown with the Shepherd is the fifth book in The Imagination Station series. The Imagination Station is Mr. Whittaker's invention from the famous radio show Adventures in Odyssey. The first books in this series all have a common thread of a bad guy named Hugh that the cousins Patrick and Beth are following through history. This book brings them to Biblical times and the story of David and Goliath. But with Hugh there trying to mess with history what will happen?  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.
rlighthouse More than 1 year ago
Entertaining Read! The story of David and Goliath comes to life when Patrick and Beth journey to the Holy Land in the Imagination Station.  They are searching for Hugh and their goal is to return him to his own time period but will they be successful? The Imagination Station books are an excellent way for kids to have an entertaining read while at the same time learning about a Bible Story or history events.
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
Cousins Beth & Patrick are again, off on a great adventure, traveling to the Holy Land, 1000 BC. They are still in pursuit of Hugh to get Mr. Whittaker's ring. They don their costumes, get into the Imagination Station and off they go! They find Hugh shortly thereafter, and surprise, he is hanging out with the Philistines and using his knowledge of 1450's England to attempt to change history. Beth & Patrick get to spend time with David the shepherd as he confronts the giant Goliath. As always, there seems to be a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, too.... I think these are wonderful books for an earlier reader. The combination of history and fantasy (in this case Beth & Patrick are entering a real-life Bible story), adds a layer of concern - they wonder if the timeline could change if Hugh is successful. They are brave and learn a lot. Your early reader will, too!
hannah97 More than 1 year ago
Showdown with the Shepherd, book five in the Imagination Station series By Marianne Hering and Brock Eastman was a great book! The series follows cousins Patrick and Beth in their various adventures in the imagination station. Adventures in Odyssey lover will 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.
E-Terry More than 1 year ago
Patrick and Beth visited Whit's End and traveled in the imagination station to David the shepherd's time. They were trying to find the ring that Hugh took and give it to Mr. Whitaker so that he could travel in the imagination station. David the shepherd saved them from a bear. They watched David fight Goliath and win. Hugh was hiding out in the Philistine army. The cousins found Hugh hiding in a bush. They all jumped into the imagination station, barely missing a bear chasing them. When they got in the imagination station, Hugh disappeared and the ring was left. The story continues with the next book.
Thursday4 More than 1 year ago
I really like Adventures in Odyssey, and this new series for intermediate readers doesn't change my opinion. This book tells (re-tells) the story of David and Goliath. Since I am already completely familiar with biblical account, the plot was less entertaining than some of the other books in the series. Nonetheless, I highly recommend the series to elementary aged readers. It also makes a great read aloud to younger kids.
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