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Voyage with the Vikings

Imagination Station #1

by Marianne Hering & Paul McCusker
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Mr. Whittaker uses the Imagination Station to send cousins Patrick and Beth back to the time of the Vikings. Mr. Whittaker asks the cousins to bring back a sunstone, but they don’t know what a sunstone looks like. Even if the two knew what they were looking for, finding the sunstone would be difficult. Once they arrive in Greenland, Erik the Red accuses them of being spies and threatens to enslave them. Patrick and Beth wonder if they can complete their mission and find the sunstone without angering Erik the Red and becoming his slaves.

Full of action, Voyage with the Vikings introduces young readers to the life of a Viking. Although the reader gets a glimpse at Erik the Red’s violent temperament, there is no actual fighting. Part of the storyline shows the difference between Vikings and Christian beliefs.

This story gives the reader a view into another time period and creates suspense that will keep the reader wanting to know what happens next. Voyage with the Vikings is easy to read with kid-friendly language. The end of the book will leave even the most reluctant reader wanting to pick up the next in the series.

Sexual Content

  • None


  • Erik the Red threatens to kill Patrick. When Erik the Red goes to throw his spear, a polar bear roars, and he is thrown from his horse.
  • Erik tells Patrick, “I would kill you if I could.”

Drugs and Alcohol

  • The Vikings throw beer onto the fire as a sacrifice to a Norse god.


  • None


  • Patrick and Beth use the Imagination Station to travel back in time.

Spiritual Content

  • Leif’s father, Erik the Red, is angry that his son went to trade and brought back, “a new God. The God of the Cross.”
  • Leif explains that the Vikings worship the Norse gods and offer sacrifices to them.
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