Hobee and his side kick Bobit, have a wooden sub made for them by some Teekers, so Hobee can contenue his Quest to help others as he looks for others like himself.
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Robert B. Chambers’ characters continue to impart important life lessons for children wrapped in creative and captivating travel adventures. This book continues this tradition with relevant, accurate, and fascinating historical and geographical information that separates it from the earlier books. His third book in the Hobee's Quest series reveals Mr. Chambers growth as a writer and leader in the nonviolent adventure series genre as he continues to help children develop the confidence, courage, and practical problem solving skills they need to navigate the social challenges of growing up.
Mark Szymanski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Pacific University, Eugene, Oregon
Robert B. Chambers has drawn on his own imagination to inspire children to reach for productive and non-Violent methods of conflict resolution. These books are well suited to the eight to ten year old reader, but have universal appeal. Parents will enjoy reading these books to and with their children, encouraging extended discussion between the generations.
Sally-Jane Gilpin, M.A. English
Chapter # 4
Inside the Cycle-Sub
Hobee and Bobit were speechless as they looked at all the gadgets, pulleys, chains, gears, handles, and levers inside the cycle-sub.
In a hesitant voice, Hobee asked, “Are Bobit and I supposed to operate all these levers and handles?”
“Don’t worry,” Head Tool Teeker D.J. replied. “We’ll have someone show you how to operate everything aboard the cycle-sub before you leave. Just remember to always be part of the machine. Don’t just operate it, become part of it and everything will be alright.”
“I’ll try and remember that, Head Tool Teeker D.J,” said Hobee.
Bobit asked, “What are those two bicycles doing fastened down to the floor?”
D.J. replied, “Those are the bicycles that power the cycle-sub. When you two pedal, it provides the power for the propeller and the lights in the sub and outside.”
Hobee asked, “How do you steer it?”
The Head Tool Teeker replied, “The rear bicycle handle bars control the rudder when you turn the bars. The front bicycle handlebars control the bow planes. You can go up and down by turning them one way and then the other.”
“Where do those stairs at the front go to?” Bobit asked.
Follow me “Down below to the inner workings of the cycle-sub and the storage area where your food and supplies are kept.”
“When do we start our training on the cycle-sub?” asked Hobee.
Looking outside the front window of the cycle-sub, the Head Tool Teeker replied, “Right now. Here comes your teacher.”
A tall slender Teeker walked into the cycle-sub, came up to Hobee and Bobit, and asked if they were ready to learn how to operate the cycle-sub.
Hobee and Bobit both answered, “Why, yes, we are!”
Head Tool Teeker D. J. said, “This is Ventor Ronda. She did most of the inventing and designing of the cycle-sub.”
Hobee and Bobit both said, “Nice to meet you, Ventor Ronda.”
Smiling, Ventor Ronda said, “Let’s get started on your training in operating this cycle-sub. The two bicycles in front of you are the power source for your propeller and your lights. Go ahead and get on the cycles and see how they feel.”
Hobee climbed on the front bicycle and Bobit climbed on the rear one. Bouncing in his seat, Bobit said, “This feels pretty good.”
“I’m glad you like it,” Ventor Ronda said, “Because you’re both going to be spending a lot of time in those saddles.”
Hobee asked, “What does ‘spending time in the saddle’ mean?”
With a chuckle, Head Tool Teeker D.J. replied, “You’re going to be sitting a lot, pedaling those bicycles. Now I have some things I have to take care of. I’ll see you two later!”
After the Head Tool Teeker had left, Ventor Ronda said, “We’ll start with your bike, Bobit. This lever is to go forward and backward, and this one is first and second gear. Turning your handle bars will turn the rudder in the same direction, any questions?”
Pointing, Bobit asked, “What does this gauge do?”
“That’s your diving pressure. If it goes into the red, the cycle-sub could start to come apart.”
“Oh,” said Bobit, eyes wide.
“Now for your bike, Hobee,” said Ventor Ronda. “This lever is for the bilge pump. It’ll take out any water or fill up the ballast tanks so you can dive or surface. The other lever makes the anchor go up and down. This gauge is the bilge pump pressure, and this one is to tell you how deep you are. This is your speed, and this one’s your air pressure. This little jewel hanging from the ceiling is the periscope. It allows you to see above the waterline when you’re underwater. Any questions so far? Good, then follow me down the stairs so I can show you two the inner workings of the cycle-sub.”
Bobit said, “Stairs? Is this where the food is kept?”
“Why, yes,” said Ventor Ronda. “That’s also where all the gears, chains, and pulleys that drive and operate everything in the cycle-sub are, and it’s also where your, water, and extra supplies are kept.”
Bobit replied, “Food! Let’s go and see if it’s all okay!”
“Bobit’s always thinking of food,” Hobee explained.
“As long as he doesn’t eat it all,” she replied, “because the only way you can get more food is to stop and gather it yourselves.”
“Did you hear that, Bobit?” asked Hobee. “You can look at the food, but you can’t eat anything yet.”
“I won’t eat any of the food,” Bobit told him. “I just want to see if it’s all right.”
The three walked to the stairs at the front of the cycle-sub that led down into its inner workings.
As they passed the front window, Bobit said, “That’s one big window, isn’t it, Hobee?”
Hobee looked out the window as they walked by. “You can see a lot through it,” he marveled.
Ventor Ronda answered, “That front window is made of unbreakable plastic.”
Bobit mumbled, “That’s nice to know, right, Hobee?”
Hobee nodded and the three walked down the stairs to the bottom.