About Bjorn’s Gift

Bjorn's Gift, by Sandy Brehl

Bjorn’s Gift
(Sequel to Odin’s Promise)
by Sandy Brehl

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Crispin Books • October 2016
Juvenile Fiction / Historical / World War II / Norway
Ages 8-12
Trade Softcover • 272 pages • 5.5″ x 8.5″
$14.95 • ISBN 978-1-883953-84-3
(Kindle edition to come • $4.99)

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Courage & Bravery in Wartime

Underground Resistance in World War II

Norwegian history (Western Norway)

Dogs in Fiction

Sequel to Odin’s Promise
Winner of 2014 Midwest Book Award
for Children’s Fiction

Praise for Bjorn’s Gift:

“In Bjorn’s Gift, Mari’s small town is occupied by German soldiers, her community divided. Though Mari and her family present an obedient facade, their work with the resistance grows more complicated and more dangerous with each passing day. An exciting read, and a detailed look at Norway’s occupation through the eyes of a young, brave girl.”
— Angela Cerrito, author of The Safest Lie

“Brings to life the courage of the Norwegian people during the German occupation. Author Sandy Brehl doesn’t shy away from showing the complex ways individuals respond to hardship and beautifully expresses the strength and hope family provides in the midst of difficulty.”
– Caroline Starr Rose, author of Blue Birds and May B.

A well-researched book about Norway and the World War II occupation. New doors will open for interested teenagers and young adults who will discover another country’s story. Congratulations!”
– Irene Levin Berman, author of We Are Going To Pick Potatoes

“A sensitive, compassionate, and honest portrayal of a Norwegian family coping with the aftermath of Nazi invasion. Brehl masterfully weaves together a story of danger, sacrifice, and hope, one that flows so seamlessly that readers will forget Bjorn’s Gift is fiction.”
– Liza Wiemer, author of Hello?


Bjorn’s Gift is the second book in the Odin’s Promise middle-grade historical novel trilogy set in Norway during World War II.

In Bjorn’s Gift, young teen Mari faces growing hardships and dangers in her small village in a western fjord during the second and third years of German occupation, as German troops and local Nazi supporters move closer into her family’s daily life, and her classmate Leif becomes active in the Norwegian Nazi youth party.

Mari struggles to live up to her brother Bjorn’s faith in her as she becomes more involved in risky resistance activities, trusting only her family and a few close friends.

Across Norway, oppressive laws are imposed in the months from Fall 1941 to early 1943, with dire local consequences.

Difficult decisions force Mari to admit that many things in life are not easily sorted into good or bad, and she is forced to wonder if Hitler will ever be defeated . . . and whether the occupation of Norway will ever end.

The series is ideal for dog lovers, for Norwegian Americans and other European-Americans whose ancestors were involved in resistance movements in World War II, and for all who enjoy reading stories about World War II history. Bjorn’s Gift is a sequel to Odin’s Promise: A Novel of Norway (2014). A third and final book in the Odin’s Promise trilogy is scheduled for May 2017.


Sandy Brehl is a teacher and an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. She lives in Muskego, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee.

Her author website is www.SandyBrehl.com.