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Odd and the Frost Giants
 
 
Author
Neil Gaiman. Adam Stower, illus.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780747598114
Pages/Publication Date 127/2010
Daedalus Item Code 30426
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In this inventive short novel for readers 9 to adult, inspired by traditional Norse mythology, Newbery and Carnegie Medal winner Neil Gaiman takes readers on a wild and magical trip to the land of giants and gods. In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, who's had a string of very bad luck: his father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell and shattered Odd's leg; and the endless freezing winter is making villagers dangerously grumpy. But out in the forest one day, Odd encounters a bear, a fox, and an eagle, and soon after finds himself on a journey to save Asgard, the city of the gods, from an invasion of Frost Giants.

"Using several figures from Norse mythology, Gaiman has written a thoughtful and quietly humorous fantasy that younger Percy Jackson fans will enjoy. Twelve-year-old Odd hasn't had a good couple of years: his father died rescuing a pony that fell overboard during a Viking raid, his leg was crippled during a tree-felling accident, and his mother married a man he dislikes. So, in the midst of what should be spring ('Winter hung in there, like an invalid refusing to die'), he sets out for a cabin in the wilderness, figuring that anything will be better than home. Soon after arriving, a fox leads him to an enormous bear whose paw is caught in a tree; a large eagle circles overhead. Odd shows kindness and bravery when helping the bear, learning afterward that these three animals are gods who have been transformed by the Frost Giant. Odd is determined to help them, and his ultimate encounter with the Frost Giant is especially interesting, tweaking the tradition of small boys getting the better of giants. Readers will also enjoy Odd's interaction with the animals, Gaiman's simple and graceful writing, and the satisfying conclusion."School Library Journal

 
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