Odd and the Frost Giants

By Gaiman, Neil

Publishers Summary:
In this inventive, short, yet perfectly formed novel inspired by traditional Norse mythology, Neil Gaiman takes readers on a wild and magical trip to the land of giants and gods and back. In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he's had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezing winter is making villagers dangerously grumpy. Out in the forest Odd encounters a bear, a fox, and an eagle—three creatures with a strange story to tell. Now Odd is forced on a stranger journey than he had imagined—a journey to save Asgard, city of the gods, from the Frost Giants who have invaded it. It's going to take a very special kind of twelve-year-old boy to outwit the Frost Giants, restore peace to the city of gods, and end the long winter. Someone cheerful and infuriating and clever . . . Someone just like Odd .

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ISBN
978-0-06167-173-9
Publisher
HarperCollins


REVIEWS

School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

Gr 3-6 Using several figures from Norse mythology, Gaiman has written a thoughtful and quietly humorous fantasy that younger Percy Jackson fans will enjoy. Twelve-year-old Odd hasn't had a good couple of years: his father died rescuing a pony that fell overboard during a Viking raid, his leg was crippled during a tree-felling accident, and his mother married a man he dislikes. So, in the midst of what sho...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2009

Odd, twelve, has run away from his dreary Viking settlement, seemingly trapped in desolate winter. After freeing a trapped bear, he learns that the bear and its companions—a fox and a one-eyed eagle—are really the Norse gods Thor, Loki, and Odin. A Frost Giant, coveting spring-goddess Freya, has done them this mischief, and blocked spring besides; only in Asgard can the gods regain their true shapes. Odd contrives a rainbow bridge to get them there, then reasons with the giant, who's finding hi...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2010

Twelve-year-old Odd learns that a bear, fox, and eagle are really the Norse gods Thor, Loki, and Odin. A Frost Giant has done them this misc...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on September 22, 2009

- An engaging adventure story set in a unique world. - The book is simply and clearly written; Neil Gaiman conveys lots of meaning with an econom...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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