Whit and his family have just moved to Provenance, NC, in the middle of the Great Depression. Harold will be teaching at nearby Duke University. Not-quite-10-year-old Johnny soon makes a friend in Emmy, who lives across the street and joins him in his adventures. At his new school, he encounters a bully who makes his life miserable, and he makes a new friend in Huck, the custodian. Both of them play key roles in the mysteries and action.

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Hear the first chapters of “Young Whit and the Traitor’s Treasure” read by Andre Stojka, voice of Whit himself!

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Travel back in time to Whit’s childhood in a new book series and learn what inspired Odyssey legends Phil Lollar and Dave Arnold.

Club Episodes 025 The Journal Of John Avery Whittaker

Meet the Authors

Dave Arnold

Dave Arnold has been involved in every facet of the radio drama process, including sound design, writing, directing, voice-over and production. He was sound designer on Radio Theatre’s dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, as well as the Peabody award-winning saga, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom and wrote the adaptation of Corrie ten Boom’s epic story, The Hiding Place.


Phil Lollar started his performing career at the tender age of five. He won numerous acting awards in high school, and studied music, screenwriting and directing in college. Phil then worked with Focus on the Family, co-creating the Adventures in Odyssey and writing more than 250 episodes. 


Phil Lollar
Author Phil Lollar shares Young Whit secrets with readers
Author Phil Lollar shares Young Whit secrets with readers

Read a few chapters now!

Read the first three chapters of Book 1: Young Whit and the Traitor’s Treasure.

Nine-year-old Johnny and his family just moved to the small town of Provenance, North Carolina. It’s the 1930s. Adjusting to a new town, new school and new friends is hard enough, but Johnny also faces a decades-old scandal that has tarnished his family’s reputation. Find out if he can restore honor to the Whittaker name . . . and solve a mystery involving a musty old trunk.

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