Mari’s Hope delivers the dramatic conclusion to the Odin’s Promise Trilogy, following Odin’s Promise, winner of the 2014 Midwest Book Award for Children’s Fiction, and Bjorn’s Gift (2016). In Mari’s Hope, set in occupied Norway in the final years of World War II, young teen Mari has become a valued helper to the village doctor, while continuing to play a role in her family’s efforts in the local resistance. As German war efforts begin to falter, the pressure increases to hold Norway firmly in their tight grip. But the freedom-loving Norwegians will do their best to thwart those plans. Praise for the series: “An exciting look at the occupation of Norway, through the eyes of a young, brave girl.” – Angela Cerrito, author of The Safest Lie.
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“Baby girl, you’ve become a beautiful young woman. We’ve been so busy surviving that I missed your childhood. You’ve missed it, too.” These words, spoken by our heroine’s mother, encapsulate the struggles Mari and her fellow Norwegians endure during Germany’s occupation of their country during World War II. In Mari’s Hope, Mari keeps a record of what she experiences and hopes she’ll be able to share it with her brother once he returns from his service. Scenes with the evil German soldier, Goatman, show the cruelty of this time in history while memories of Mari’s beloved dog and the strength of community, family and friends show the tenderness. Sandy Brehl has a knack for educating through telling a compelling story. Mari’s Hope, the last in a trilogy, could also stand alone and would make a great classroom discussion book.