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Study Guides and Resource Packets for

Download the comprehensive new study guides for Odin’s Promise, Bjorn’s Gift, and Mari’s Hope.  Each includes a synopsis, suggested vocabulary, critical thinking questions/prompts, adapted activities, online resources, and related titles. Each is offered as a suggested starting point and can/should be easily adjusted to the individual needs of the readers. 


Bjorn’s Gift Teaching Guide.2016


I also created the document linked below for ODIN’S PROMISE. Its content suggests adapted approaches for students who are a bit younger or who need more support to participate in group discussions. Download below.  

OP. supporting.comprehension

Great Writers.HCE
I welcome suggestions for other discussion possibilities and encourage teachers to share activities they’ve developed. Please use the CONTACT tab or email me at:

sentence builders


Please note:  Standards develop from grade to grade, but the ELA- Literacy standards for fourth and fifth grade reflect the nature of the standards that are addressed in this study guide and apply to students in higher grades:

The suggested content and readability levels for Odin’s Promise, Bjorn’s Promise, and Mari’s Hope are grades 5 to 8, although they may be well-suited to individuals older or younger, depending on their backgrounds and interests.The use of occasional Norwegian and German expressions is supported by specific glossaries in the back matter.

Various readability levels on the total text have been evaluated using this source:

Approximate representation of the U.S. grade level needed to comprehend the text :
Coleman Liau index : 7.21
Flesch Kincaid Grade level : 5.20
ARI (Automated Readability Index) : 4.67
SMOG : 7.71

I welcome inquiries about author visits. Download descriptions and details of programs I offer here:


Here are a few quotes from students and teachers following school visits:

Madisyn, Fourth Grade: “Thank you for coming to our school and sharing with us why you wrote the book…You grabbed my attention and I really wanted to read more, so I’m happy you wrote the rest of Mari’s story in a trilogy.”

Addison, Fourth Grade: “Thank you for taking us along on your writing journey. I loved the book so much. I really connected to this book and to you, too. You should make this into a movie!”

Fifth Grade group letter: “We think your book is powerful and strong and can change everyone who reads it. We learned that if you believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything!”

Fifth grade teacher: “The large group program presentation and the class writing sessions were appropriate and helpful. Students were engaged, attentive, and very interested in having questions answered. They loved writerly tips and will use them- and I loved them, too.”

References from prior visits are available via the contact tab or email:
Please note:   Free Skype visits are available for Classrooms and Book Clubs following whole group readings.