Catla and the Vikings

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In the fall of 1066, a thirteen-year-old Anglo-Saxon girl named Catla watches from afar as Viking raiders burn her village and imprison her family and the other villagers. No one sees her as she flees toward Aigber, the closest village, praying the people there will help.

Catla must ignore her terror as she makes her way to the standing stones, a place of refuge, where she meets Sven, an older boy from her village. Together, they continue toward Aigber and are able to alert the ...

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Overview

In the fall of 1066, a thirteen-year-old Anglo-Saxon girl named Catla watches from afar as Viking raiders burn her village and imprison her family and the other villagers. No one sees her as she flees toward Aigber, the closest village, praying the people there will help.

Catla must ignore her terror as she makes her way to the standing stones, a place of refuge, where she meets Sven, an older boy from her village. Together, they continue toward Aigber and are able to alert the village of the coming peril. Catla and Sven rally the villagers of Aigber, and with Catla's help, a plan is put in place that will save both villages from the Nord-devils.

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Children's Book News
"The reader finds out a lot about life in days of yore, however...Nelson hasn’t sacrificed topics of perpetual interest to those over 12 years of age. Romance spices up the story [and]...the characterization is strong...This book will suit those readers who love interesting stories set in the past."
CM Magazine
"Nelson has created some characters that the reader can relate to because of their complexity and their flaws...A coming-of-age story with elements of action and survival. A good choice for readers with a variety of interests."
CanLit for Little Canadians blog
"Rich in the essences of 11th century England. The tangible attributes of the houses' roof thatch, to the beer and drinking horns, and the weaponry and clothing are woven through the text, providing a background of authenticity and lushness to Catla's and Covehithe's stories. But it's the language of her characters at which Mary Elizabeth Nelson excels...The descriptive names for common objects or events...harmonize with the setting of Catla and the Vikings while enhancing the historical account."
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"Catla's voice in particular shows that although the story took place a millenium ago, children still face some of the same growing pains, hardships, and insecurities then as now...Provide[s] a glimpse into an historical period not often covered in a [juvenile] novel."
Booklist
"Set in England in 1066, this novel takes place over two days and has a sense of urgency, propelled by both the narrative itself and Catla's impatience to rescue her family...The author's sense of place is strong, and the anticipation of Catla's return to her village is palpable...[A] compelling novel."
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Thirteen-year old Catla tarries as she collects herbs. When she returns to the village, she must tell her father that she will agree to marry the much older and smelly Olav, something she really does not want to do. Then she smells smoke and as she hurries to the crest of the hill, she sees her Yorkshire village burning as it is attacked by the Vikings or "Nord-devils." As she watches in horror, she prays both to the old gods and the god of Father John that her family will be safe. She then sets off on the journey to Aigher, the closest village, for help and to warn the villagers. Terrified, Catla falls to sleep in the circle of standing stones only to awaken tied to someone. To her relief, her captor is Sven, an older boy from her village, who did not want her to awaken and run away. Together she and Sven travel to Aigher and join forces with the villagers to fight against the Viking invaders and save Catla's family and village. Based on actual events of 1066, this thrilling story illustrates the courage and determination of those facing a powerful enemy. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459800571
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Calgary, Mary Elizabeth Nelson has been both a teacher-librarian and a language arts teacher. She wrote her first book at age four. Her interest in all things medieval started with fairy tales and books such as The Count of Monte Cristo. Mary's textbook Medieval Times (L'époque médiévale) is used in Ontario schools. She has four children and three grandchildren and presently lives and writes on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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The long ship turned with a sweep of the oars and drifted toward them.

    Out of the breeze, the sail flapped like an old shawl. The red stripes were clear against the silt brown of the river. Sunlight glinted off the knobs of metal pounded into each black shield, piled in the bottom of the ship. Leather helmets and leather straps covered the invaders' faces, shading their eyes.

    One sweep of the oars brought the ship to the beach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    What do you think people?

    I have not read it yet but i am going to sample it so it would be really nice if all you people that read it would write a reveiw on it cause i have no idea what people thought about it and if its good, so comment on it soon so i can get on with my life thank you very much.
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    P.S. not trying to be rude or anything.

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    Posted April 16, 2012

    Cool

    Sounds very interesting.

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