Catla and the Vikings

Catla and the Vikings

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by Mary Elizabeth Nelson
     
 

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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,…  See more details below

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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 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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School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—From the get-go, this is a fast-paced and intriguing story, filled with historical elements that become clearer as the narrative unfolds. The action takes place over several days during the fall of 1066. When 13-year-old Catla witnesses her Northumbrian village being attacked by Vikings, she travels to the next town to warn the people and seek help, meeting up with a boy from her village along the way. Having been thought of as a dreamer, Catla is now forced to be resourceful and independent, leading the villagers into battle with her own strategy. At the time, Christian and pagan beliefs still coexisted, but Christianity was becoming the new dominant religion. This fascinating bit of history is subtly interwoven throughout the book with passing comments and discussions about gods, traditions, and ghosts. In addition to the battle scenes and the creative traps set up to catch the Vikings, the book has thoughtful commentary about what it meant to be a girl at this juncture. The story ends abruptly, but an interesting author's note adds further details about the era.—Kerry Roeder, The Brearley School, New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459800595
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
709,817
File size:
564 KB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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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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Catla and the Vikings 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. Sincerely, None of your bees wax P.S. not trying to be rude or anything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds very interesting.