Runa

Runa

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by J. Alison James
     
 

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In this “vivid and compelling tale” (Kirkus Reviews), a series of accidents and a discovery in a medieval church suddenly change Runa’s carefree summer on a Swedish island into three tense days as she finds her life caught up in the rites of her Viking ancestors and subject to the implacable will of ancient Norse gods.See more details below

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In this “vivid and compelling tale” (Kirkus Reviews), a series of accidents and a discovery in a medieval church suddenly change Runa’s carefree summer on a Swedish island into three tense days as she finds her life caught up in the rites of her Viking ancestors and subject to the implacable will of ancient Norse gods.

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School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-- A fantasy novel that incorporates mythology and legend. The setting is emphasized by spare, clean sentences, and readers will feel the light and sunny atmosphere of a summer in Sweden. Runa visits her grandfather and learns much about her family that she would rather not know. In an old family Bible, she discovers that all female ancestors born on Midsummer's Day died on their 13th birthday. Runa's 13th birthday is the following Saturday, Midsummer's Day. When she and a childhood friend make a rubbing of a stone embedded in a church wall, Runa has a vision that graphically shows her the first ancestral sacrifice. She enlists the help of two friends, a friend's mother, and her grandfather, who seems sadly resigned to the ancient chain of events. Through the reading of her Rune stones, they piece the puzzle together. Up to this point, readers will be enthralled and anxious to learn the solution, but the ending comes in a short burst of unexplained phenomena, and the story concludes with a confusing cloud of events. However, James's strong characterization, beautiful writing, and inclusion of Viking mythology will intrigue YAs. --Julie Halverstadt, Douglas Public Library District, Castle Rock, CO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442487154
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

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