Children's LiteratureThis informational history book begins with a brief account of the violent attack on Lindisfarne, England in 793 to introduce the "Strangers from the North" whom we know as the Vikings. Four short chapters give a brief chronology of the 200 odd years that the Vikings raided England, Ireland and the European coast. Throughout the emphasis is on them as warriors, in keeping with the theme of this series. The author emphasizes that the best evidence of what this group did and where they came from is not in written records but must be deduced from archaeological evidence. Subheadings every few paragraphs, large type and use of drawings and photographs of artifacts all are likely contribute to making this a competent introduction to historically focused informational texts. The writing works at being high interest though transitions from one heading to another are choppy. Young readers who are fascinated by the mystique of ancient warriors or action heroes are likely to pick this up on their own; others may find it a very accessible supplementary book for social studies units. Part of High Interest Books' "Way of the Warrior Series." 2005, Children's Press/Scholastic, Ages 9 to 12.