Odd and the Frost Giants

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Harper Collins, Sep 22, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 128 pages
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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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User Review  - nittnut - LibraryThing

Love Neil Gaiman. This is a short and charming story of a little boy with all the odds against him. He inhabits his own Norse legend and proves that even the smallest, weakest person can make a big difference. As always, beautifully written. Read full review

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User Review  - melydia - LibraryThing

A touch of Norse myth by one of my favorite authors. Odin, Thor, and Loki have been taken over by Marvel in my mind, so it was pleasant to see them in a different context. As with most of Gaiman's tales, this is full of wonder. A lovely little story to read at bedtime. Read full review

Contents

Chapter
1
The Fox the Eagle and the Bear
13
The Night Conversation
24
Making Rainbows
42
At Mimirs Well
58
The Gates of Asgard
74
FourTransformations and a Meal
95
Afterwards
111
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Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times–bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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