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#82: “Heatwave”
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Romans 12:2
2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
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“Heatwave” is episode #82 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on August 12, 1989.


Jack Davis and Oscar Peterson solve the mystery of a strange kid and an armload of lumber.



The town is Odyssey. It's summer. The weather is hot. Too hot. The kids on the street have a name for this kind of weather. They call it a heatwave. Or so Jack Davis explains in his best detective monologue. He and Oscar Peterson sit on Jack's front porch, bored out of their wits - until they see a mysterious kid walk by with a knapsack and an armload of lumber. Jack and Oscar decide to investigate.

First, they check out the local hardware store and discover that the kid got the lumber there. The owner tells them that the kid, a loner, is building something called "Wonderworld."

Next, Jack and Oscar go to Whit's End and learn from Robyn Jacobs that the kid comes in frequently to check out books from the library. They look at the checkout sheet for his name, but the only thing written down is "D. D."

The next day, Jack and Oscar follow the kid into the forest where they discover the truth! "D. D." is Digger Digwillow, and "Wonderworld" is the tree house he is building. Digger tells them that Whit is helping him develop his imagination properly so that he won't use it to get into trouble. Jack and Oscar think this sounds like a good idea, and they all head up to the tree house to play.

This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »

Discussion Questions

  1. Digger said that Whit had been teaching him how to use his imagination properly. What did he mean by that?
  2. Do you have a place like Wonderworld where you live?
  3. What’s the most creative summer project you’ve done?
    • List some other fun projects to do during the summer.


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Digger Digwillow Chad Reisser
Jack Davis Donald Long
Oscar Peterson Joseph Cammaroto
Robyn Jacobs Sage Bolte
Mr. Watson Bob Luttrell





Jack Davis: Elementary, Mr. Watson. <buzzer sounds> AAhh! What was that, a security alarm?
Mr. Watson: Nope, was my bad joke buzzer. They're on special for $9.95.
Oscar Peterson: Boy, hardware stores carry everything these days.

Oscar Peterson: How am I gonna explain this to my dad? Well, dad, it's like this: I fell into a moat.

Jack Davis: I greeted her the way all great detectives greet woman: "Hiyah, doll face. What's the latest news?"

Oscar Peterson: 10-4!
Jack Davis: No, it's 20 after 9! <buzzer sounds>