Odin's Promise

Odin's Promise

by Sandy Brehl


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ISBN-13: 9781883953652
Publisher: Great Lakes Literary
Publication date: 04/20/2014
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 1,292,351
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

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Odin's Promise 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Christine_KCraven More than 1 year ago
I picked this up at a book sale event I was part of in West Allis Library earlier this year. I had a lovely talk with the author. It was just the kind of book I was looking for - about Norway, since I'm working on the research for book II of my Agnes Kelly series, which takes place in Norway! Serendipity helping again :) Stats: 237 pages, published in 2014 Blurb: ODIN'S PROMISE is a historical novel for middle-grade readers, a story of the first year of German occupation of Norway in World War II as seen through the eyes of a young girl. Eleven-year-old Mari grew up tucked under the wings of her parents, grandma, and older siblings. After Hitler's troops invade Norway in Spring 1940, she is forced to grow beyond her "little girl" nickname to deal with harsh new realities. At her side for support and protection is Odin, her faithful elkhound. As the year progresses, Mari, her family, and her neighbors are drawn into the activities of the Norwegian underground resistance. Readers will cheer for Mari as she develops her inner strength - and the courage to help celebrate Norway's spirit of resistance." - Kathleen Ernst, author of American Girl's Caroline Abbott series. "Beautifully written, emotionally taut novel of one girl's coming of age during war time." - Gayle Rosengren, What the Moon Said. Sandy Brehl is a teacher and member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. She lives in Muskego, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee. What I liked: The story does a nice job making the reader feel how it was for the Norwegians in 1940 and shares the history without being boring, which is good since it's written for a middle grade audience. Having a dog as part of the story also makes it more interesting and real for that age group. Helpful to me (and perhaps teachers too) was a bibliography. What I didn't like: I can't really think of anything I didn't like :) It's a nice story for a middle grade reader. Rating: 4/5
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! I first read about the German occupation of Norway and the Norwegian resistance in Steve Sheinkin’s BOMB and I thought the subject was interesting. I like World War II history and that time period in general, so this book was something I really wanted to read. While reading this book, I learned even more about the Norwegian resistance and the culture/history of Norway. Ms. Brehl wrote a believable, exciting story with characters you care for. I like that she wrote a sub-plot into the story to show that sometimes even the “enemy” is thrown into situations they can’t help being in or maybe don’t want to be in. Mari is a great main character. The reader can really understand how she feels throughout the story. Ms. Brehl includes a bibliography and glossary in the back section of the book , which is very helpful. I enjoyed the descriptions of the Norwegian setting. I could picture the small streets and hillsides in my mind. It is a good contrast when Ms. Brehl describes the beautiful scenery and the harsh reality of the German occupation. I liked learning about the rationing during this time and how the citizens bartered with and helped one and other. I completely enjoyed this book! *NOTE I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review