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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 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
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

Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
AIO Imagination Station Books Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
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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Voyage with the Vikings 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
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!
JlynnW More than 1 year ago
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!
Thursday4 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love adventures in odyssey so this book is a god fit. It is an easy read and a good book to relax to...use your imagination and soar! - electric palace
Anonymous 7 months ago
This is the first book in an exciting series. Patrick and his cousin Beth go in the Imagination Station, a time machine built by a man named Mr. Whittaker, also known as Whit. The cousins go to find a sunstone for one of Mr. Whittaker's friends sho lived a long time ago, Albert. Can the cousins find the sunstone and save Albert? Get the book to find out!!
Anonymous 11 months ago
I want to read it. Please tell me the first chapter.
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
Voyage with the Vikings is the first in a series of books featuring the Imagination Station. With time travel, history lessons, adventure, and two precocious kids, this book is a lot of fun! Geared toward elementary age students, cousins travel back in time to meet the Vikings. Readers learn about Eric the Red and his son Leif and get a glimpse at the challenge of being a Christian among the Vikings. The end of this book sets up the next in the series perfectly. I will definitely recommend these books to friends with young kids. [4 stars]
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
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!
rlighthouse More than 1 year ago
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.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
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.
SophiesMindset More than 1 year ago
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
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
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!
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
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.
thedeena63 More than 1 year ago
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!
debforb56 More than 1 year ago
I am always looking for good fun books that kids will enjoy and want to read and with this book Voyage with the Vikings The Imagination Station book 1 by Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker I have found just that. It is also a series so it will keep your kids busy reading for awhile. I like the fact that the book has adventure, history and is a Christian book that you don't have to worry about kids reading.  I think the kids will love the adventure and not even realize they might be learning about history too in this book. Beth wants to show her cousin Patrick the Imagination Station so they go to see Mr Whittaker's.  He says the station isn't working, but when the two step in, it starts to work. A letter appears and it says Albert is trapped and they have to find a Viking sunstone. Beth and Patrick want to help so they take the Imagination Station back in time to the Vikings to find the sunstone. Will Beth and Patrick be able to find the sunstone, retrieve it and get back to the Station and home? Will Leif Erikkson help them find it or will his Dad Erik the Red harm them? Will they be able to get the sunstone and help Albert? You will have to read the book to find out.  I  enjoyed this book even at my age. I think the quest will be great fun for your kids and they will want to read this book and the rest of them too. It is a great book for kids age 6 to 10 they will really enjoy reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greatt book. More fo ryounger kids
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MissHoneyBee More than 1 year ago
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.
hannah97 More than 1 year ago
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!
E-Terry More than 1 year ago
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.
nomer15 More than 1 year ago
"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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mitch and Connie. It is so sad! NOVAcom makes it sad. I need to take final exam. Not fun Eastwood
BookLover321 More than 1 year ago
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.