The Imagination Station book series is targeted at younger readers and features adventures to all kinds of exciting places throughout history, from the story of David and Goliath to Nazi Germany's occupation of Holland in World War II. Recently the writers have been developing a three-part story arc set during the American Civil War. The first two books are already available in stores. It all begins with Freedom at the Falls, which features our main characters Patrick and Beth as they help conduct escaping slaves along the Underground Railroad to freedom. In the sequel, Terror in the Tunnel, a band of assassins plan to meet Lincoln in Baltimore and end his presidency before it starts. The three-part story arc will conclude with the book Rescue on the River. Here's the summary: "Cousins Patrick and Beth attend Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration and discover that their friend’s brother Kitch is a slave in South Carolina. The cousins search for Kitch as they travel down the Combahee River with Harriet Tubman. They help with the secret mission of the Second South Carolina Volunteers, an African American unit. Will they be able to find and rescue Kitch?" The book comes out in October of this year.
The Imagination Station is perhaps John Avery Whittaker's most well-known invention. Kids have stepped inside to travel throughout history to times and places such as the early church, the American Revolution, and the South Pacific during World War II. And villains like the mysterious Chairman of the Novacom Saga have sought to harness its technology to advance their plans. The Imagination Station remains an important part of Adventures in Odyssey and a great tool for teaching people about the Bible and world history. A number of years ago Focus on the Family launched the Imagination Station book series with a target audience of kids ages five to eight. Each book includes an exciting adventure to the past and plenty of illustrations along the way. And this month marks yet another addition. The next title in the series, Freedom at the Falls, has just been released. In this story Patrick and Beth wind up in 1860s America, the time of the Civil War. There they meet key historical figures of the period and help conduct escaping slaves along the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. This is the first in a three-part story arc focusing on Civil War America. Freedom at the Falls will be followed in March 2019 by the book Terror in the Tunnel. Many families around the world are enjoying this series, which has sold over 900,000 copies so far.
The next Imagination Station book, Inferno in Tokyo, is set to be released this October. But now we know where the series is headed after that. Book 21 will feature a story in 1920s New York and will be entitled Adventure in the Big Apple. The book will be released in March 2018 and the cover art has just been unveiled. (Credit to the AIO Wiki for posting this first). The artwork appears to be different style than previous Imagination Station books, but the story inside is written by Marianne Hering, an author who has been writing for the series since book one. Check out the book's summary:
The adventure continues as Patrick and Beth end up in New York City in 1928 as inventor Nikola Tesla is embroiled in a patent conflict with fellow inventor Thomas Edison.
Book 19 in the popular Imagination Station series, Light in the Lions' Den, appeared in stores last month. That means its time to look ahead to see what the series has in store for the future. We now know that the next installment in the book series will be titled Inferno in Tokyo, and will follow Patrick and Beth as they enter 1920s Japan. And we also have access to the dramatic front cover artwork, featuring a flaming tornado. The book has been written by Marianne Hering and will be released in October. You can check out the story's summary below:
The Imagination Station has been malfunctioning for several adventures now, handing out the wrong gifts and traveling unexpected paths. Patrick and Beth must use their courage, strength, and resilience to help others and survive dangers as they travel through time and space and get caught up in the 1923 earthquake, tsunami, and fire that devastated Tokyo, Japan.
Also, this April Adventures in Odyssey will be re-releasing its 90 Devotions of Kids in a quality imitation leather edition, which was previously available only in paperback.
The 18th book in the Imagination Station series, Trouble on the Orphan Train, comes out this October. It features an exciting story about a mysterious train robbery and Patrick and Beth's hunt for Eugene Meltsner, who has gotten lost somewhere in time. Next up in the series is Book 19: Light in the Lion's Den, which we now have the front cover for. And here's the book's summary: "The Imagination Station has been acting wonky for several adventures now, handing out the wrong gifts and traveling unexpected paths. Patrick and Beth must call upon their courage, strength, and resilience in order to help others and survive real dangers that threaten them as they travel through time and space to encounter the prophet Daniel and the deadly lions’ den." Light in the Lion's Den releases in stores in February 2017. You can currently preorder it from Christian Book Distributors for $4.49.
John Avery Whittaker's most popular invention never seems to get old. The Imagination Station continues to entertain and educate Adventures in Odyssey fans today, whether that's in an audio adventure or in print. This October the 18th book in the Imagination Station series, Trouble on the Orphan Train, comes out. And beyond that, the writers have future escapades planned. Today we know the title for book 19. It will be called Light in the Lion's Den and marks the series' return to a biblical history tale, retelling the story of the prophet Daniel in Babylon. The book will be released in February of next year. Check out the summary:
When they step into the Imagination Station, kids experience an unforgettable journey filled with action-packed adventure. With each book, readers are whisked away with cousins Patrick and Beth to embark on a new journey around the world and back in time.
It's been three months since Book 17: In Fear of the Spear came out, in which readers had the chance to follow Patrick and Beth on an intense adventure in the Amazon jungle. And now there's more news on the 18th book in the Imagination Station series, which releases in October 2016. It will be called Trouble on the Orphan Train. Here's the summary: "Patrick and Beth arrive on an orphan train, heading west. They befriend an orphan who is falsely accused of being part of a train robbery. No one will adopt the child. Patrick and Beth stay with their new friend until the end of the line. All the while, they search for Eugene, who is missing somewhere in time." As you can tell from the cover art, this next book promises to be every bit as exciting as the previous installments in the series. Do you read the Imagination Station books? Write a comment down below. What do you think of this latest cover design?
The Adventures in Odyssey team was in the studio recording Album 61: Without a Hitch in February, and now the album is already available for preorder on Amazon. It will be released on CD on October 1st and will feature six episodes on "marriage and family." So far we know the names of five of those episodes, which will be titled Parker for President, The Feud of Mason County, The Key Suspect, and A Very Bassett Wedding, Parts 1-2. In other news, the title of the next Imagination Station book has been revealed. It will be called Trouble on the Orphan Train, and will also come out in October of this year. And look out for upcoming interviews with Penny's parents, Wooton's brother Wellington, and Mr. Whittaker's daughter Jana in future editions of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk with author Marianne Hering and a special guest about the newest Imagination Station book release, In Fear of the Spear. They explain the true missionary story the book is based on, the context behind the isolated tribe in Ecuador, and how the writing process went. They also discuss how the violent content was dealt with, the many adaptations, the changes that were made, the theme of forgiveness and much more. The book is the seventeenth in the series and is now available in stores. Check out the podcast interview.
Books 13 to 15 in the Imagination Station series are titled The Redcoats Are Coming, Captured on the High Seas, and Surprise at Yorktown. And now you'll be able to experience this three-book story arc about the American Revolution all in one omni-book. This new three-pack will be released for sale in May 2016. Travel alongside Patrick and Beth as they meet heroes such as Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock, get captured by the British, and sneak through trenches and race across battlefields to warn General George Washington about a dangerous spy. This upcoming compilation is already available for preorder from CBD.
Adventures in Odyssey's Imagination Station series has a few new releases on the way. In September a boxed set of the first six books will be released and then in May of next year an omni-book featuring books 10 to 12 will come out. But in terms of individual book releases, there's finally some news on that front as well. The next installment in the series will be called Book 17: In Fear of the Spear. The title features an internal rhyme, similarly to the previous release, Book 16: Doomsday in Pompeii. In Fear of the Spear is written by Marianne Hering and will be available in stores in January 2016. As you can tell from the cover artwork, this story features the characters Patrick and Beth on an adventure in the jungle. You can come back to read the book's summary when it is posted online.
If you want to catch up with what's been happening in the Imagination Station series lately, you can read the first chapter of Book 16: Doomsday in Pompeii in this free download. Or if you're thinking about starting the series from the beginning, you can read Book 1: Voyage with the Vikings here.
A new boxed set of the first six books in the Imagination Station series is set for release in September 2015. The titles included will be Voyage with the Vikings, Attack at the Arena, Peril in the Palace, Revenge of the Red Knight, Showdown with the Shepherd and Problems in Plymouth. Buying one Imagination Station book separately costs around $4.99, which would total $29.94 if you bought the first six. A couple of years ago omni-books were released which each included three books and cost around $14.97 each. Again, if you wanted to get the first six books that would total $29.94. But this new boxed set of six books will cost just $19.97. That's only $3.33 per book. Will you take up this special offer? If you'd rather not wait until September for the boxed version, you can buy the first sixteen books in the series from Christian Book Distributors for $57.99, or $3.62 per book. Let us know in the comments if you read the Imagination Station series.
Also coming in September 2015 will be a new Adventures in Odyssey Christmas album called the Countdown to Christmas Advent Collection. It will include 8 CDs. Stay turned for more details on that in the future. There will also be some AIO Christmas calenders released, including an Advent Activity Calendar and a Journey to the Manger Advent Calendar.
In July we revealed the summary for Book 16 in the Imagination Station series and today we can post the front cover. Doomsday in Pompeii is written by Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker and the story follows Patrick and Beth as they try to escape the city of Pompeii before Mount Vesuvius erupts. You can click on the cover image to see a higher resolution. This upcoming Adventures in Odyssey book will be available for purchase in stores in January 2015. What do you think of this cover design? Let us know in the comments. Meanwhile, Book 15: Surprise at Yorktown has been slightly delayed and will now release this November instead of October.
Earlier this month we revealed on the AIO Update the title of Book 16 in the Imagination Station series, Doomsday in Pompeii, which will be released in January 2015. And today we have the summary for this upcoming book release. You can read it for yourself below.
It’s the hottest adventure yet! When Patrick takes a trip alone in the Imagination Station for science project research, things get a little explosive. First, his cousin Beth gets angry that she was left behind. Second, Eugene Meltsner sees red when he realizes that Patrick went to Pompeii in 79 A.D. a day before Mount Vesuvius erupts! It doesn’t help that the Imagination Station is on the blink and Whit has gone missing.
Speaking of the Imagination Station series, Brock Eastman, author of Book 5: Showdown with the Shepherd, has announced that his book has entered into its sixth printing, which will bring the total copies in print to 31,832. He also says, "At the moment there are 18 books planned for the series." This means that after Book 16: Doomsday in Pompeii, you can expect at least two more books to be produced in this series. And it's perfectly possible that the series will continue on from there and keep releasing more adventures, even beyond Book 18. It all depends on whether readers are interested.
We at the AIO Update have some more Adventures in Odyssey book news to release today. Last month the second volume in the Candid Conversations with Connie series was announced and today we now have the completed front cover. This book will be "a girl's guide to boys, peer pressure, and social media" and will be available in stores by March 2015. As you may remember, the first volume in this new series is labelled as "a girl's guide to growing up" and is coming out soon on October 1st, 2014. We'll keep you updated as we get more details.
There's also news to announce to fans of the Imagination Station series. The three-book story arc centered on the American Revolution ends with the release of the third installment, Book 15: Surprise at Yorktown, this October. But what's next for the series, you ask? The title for the next book in the series has now been released. You can expect to see Book 16: Doomsday in Pompeii on store shelves in January 2015. We will post the book's summary and front cover as soon as they become available.
The new summary for Candid Conversations with Connie, Volume 1, is now here on the AIO Update: Welcome to Candid Conversations with Connie! And these conversations are going to be very candid. In this book we’re only taking questions from girls! Yep, they can ask whatever they want, and I will answer from my vast knowledge and experience. (Well . . . maybe not vast.) If I don’t know the answer, I’ll ask my friend Penny. We've been where you are, and we know what it’s like.
You’re not a little girl anymore, but you’re still years off from adulthood. You still like to play, but you also enjoy having long conversations with friends. You sometimes want to cuddle on your mom’s lap, and other times you wish she would just leave you alone. All that’s pretty normal, and you’ll see that from the questions we’re answering.
We also have the summary for Imagination Station Book 15: Surprise at Yorktown. Read it here: Travel two centuries back in time to the final battle of the American Revolution at Yorktown, Virginia. Cousins Patrick and Beth sneak through trenches and race across battlefields to warn General George Washington about a dangerous spy. The spy is stealing his secret plans and giving them to the British. Cannons roar and the ground shakes as the struggle reaches a climax. Washington’s ragtag soldiers are up against the most powerful army in the world. Will Patrick and Beth witness the American Revolution come to an end? Or will they be caught in a dangerous trap they can’t escape?
Yesterday we revealed the title for Book 15 in Adventures in Odyssey's the Imagination Station series and we can now reveal the front cover. Surprise at Yorktown will be the third installment of a three-book story arc about the American Revolution. It will feature the Battle of Yorktown and how the war is finally brought to an end. This upcoming book will be available in stores for purchase in October 2014. You can click on the image to see a higher resolution. What do you think of this new cover artwork? Leave your comments down below.
It's another fine day and again the AIO Update has some more exciting news, this time about upcoming books from Focus on the Family. A new Adventures in Odyssey book called Candid Conversations with Connie is set for release in October 2014. It will be "a girl's guide to growing up." Also, the title for the 15th book in the Imagination Station series has been revealed. It will be called Surprise at Yorktown and will also be available for purchase in October. The summaries for these two books have not yet been released. We will keep you up-to-date as we gain more information.
At the AIO Update you can get your first glimpse at the new cover artwork for an upcoming book in the Imagination Station series. Book 14 is called Captured on the High Seas and is the second installment of a three-book story arc about the American Revolution. The front cover art drawn by David Hohn depicts cousins Patrick and Beth alongside their friend James Forten on a ship called the Royal Louis. The new book will be released for purchase in May 2014. Last November we revealed the book's summary which you can read here.
We can now reveal to you the title and summary for the 14th book in the Imagination Station series. This next book will be called "Captured on the High Seas" and is the second installment of a three-book story arc about the American Revolution. It will be released for purchase in May 2014. Here is the summary:
British warships battle with American privateers in this high sea adventure. Cousins Patrick and Beth have landed on the Royal Louis in the middle of the Revolutionary War. Cannonballs fly and swords slash. They’re captured! Now they face even more dangers. Will their new friend James Forten be sold by the British into the West Indies slave trade? Or will they all be sentenced to the overcrowded prison ship floating near shore where scores of prisoners die from filth and disease? Patrick and Beth help plan a daring escape as they witness firsthand the deeds of brave heroes who fought to make America the land of the free.
Also, the cover of the third Imagination Station compilation book has been completed. This next book will contain Book 7: Secret of the Prince's Tomb, Book 8: Battle for Cannibal Island and Book 9: Escape to the Hiding Place. It will be released in stores in May 2014. Here's the summary: When they step into the Imagination Station, kids experience an unforgettable journey filled with action-packed adventure to inspire their imaginations. With each book, they’re whisked away with cousins Patrick and Beth to embark on a new journey around the world and back in time. This 3-pack book includes books 7-9.