A Novel of Norway
by Sandy Brehl
Crispin Books • May 17, 2014
Juvenile Fiction /Historical / World War II
Trade Softcover • 236 pages • 5.5″ x 8.5″
$13.95 • ISBN 978-1-883953-65-2
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ODIN’S PROMISE: A Novel of Norway
by Sandy Brehl
“It is spring of 1940, and 11-year-old Mari should be celebrating the long summer days that have finally reached her rural Norwegian village. Instead, she and her family are trying to cope with the recent occupation by Nazi soldiers. . . . . [as] Mari finds an inner strength she never knew she had. Brehl offers a seldom-seen slice of daily life during WWII in this compelling tale of growing up. Strength of family, community, and cultural heritage are prominent themes, and the author does a commendable job illustrating the complex motivations of people on both sides of the war. . . . Recommended for historical-fiction fans and animal lovers alike.” – ALA Booklist
Winner of 2014 Midwest Book Award
for Children’s Fiction!
“Mari, a Norwegian girl, is forced to grow up fast when Nazi soldiers occupy her village in 1940. Readers will cheer for Mari as she discovers her inner strength – and the courage to help celebrate Norway’s spirit of resistance.”
–Kathleen Ernst, author of the Caroline Abbott series from American Girl
“Not since Marie McSwigan’s Snow Treasure have I read such a book about the heroic roles children played in the resistance movement in Norway during WWII.”
– Carole Estby Dagg, author of The Year We Were Famous
“Love of dog, love of family, and love of country – all are woven together in this beautifully written, emotionally taut novel of one girl’s coming of age during war time. Realistic yet hopeful.”
– Gayle Rosengren, author of What the Moon Said
“This book is brilliant, and I can say without hesitation that it is one of the best middle grade books I have read this year.” – MotherDaughterBookReviews.com
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– ForeWord Magazine
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Odin’s Promise is historical fiction for middle-grade readers, a novel depicting the first year of German occupation of Norway as seen through the eyes of a young girl.
Eleven-year-old Mari grew up tucked safely under the wings of her parents, grandma, and her older siblings. When Hitler’s troops invaded Norway under the guise of “occupying a friendly country,” she is forced to grow beyond her “little girl” nickname and comfortable patterns to deal with harsh new realities.
At her side for support and protection is Odin, her faithful elkhound.
After she witnesses a terrifying event on the mountainside, truths are revealed: the involvement of her family and friends in the resistance; the value of humor in surviving hard times; the hidden radio in her grandma’s cottage.
Odin, not one for quiet resistance, makes an enemy of soldiers who patrol the area.
The year will bring many challenges, as Mari confronts danger, develops her inner strength and voice, and finds she is able to endure hardship and heartache.