Mari’s Hope

Mari's Hope, by Sandy Brehl


Mari’s Hope
(Book 3 in Odin’s Promise Trilogy)
by Sandy Brehl

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Crispin Books • Sept. 5, 2017
Juvenile Fiction / Historical / World War II / Norway
Ages 8-13
Trade Softcover • 276 pages  • 5.5″ x 8.5″
$14.95 • ISBN 978-1-883953-89-8
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Courage & Bravery in Wartime

Underground Resistance in World War II

Norwegian history (Western Norway)

Dogs in Fiction

Odin’s Promise
Bjorn’s Gift

Praise for Odin’s Promise,
Book 1 in the middle-grade
WWII historical fiction trilogy:

“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

“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

“A seldom-seen slice of daily life during WWII in this compelling tale. . . . Recommended for historical-fiction fans and animal lovers alike.”
ALA Booklist

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.

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Praise for Mari’s Hope

“Mari’s Hope transports readers to the cold landscape of wartime Norway, as a brave young heroine faces the cruel reality of oppression to join the resistance and do whatever it takes it save her family and her country.”
— Michelle Houts, author of Winterfrost

“Illuminates an important slice of history through a gripping story.” – Ellen Schwartz, author of Heart of a Champion

“A satisfying conclusion to the challenges faced by Mari and her family, as they work to save their beloved Norway in the final years of World War II.” – Peggy Reiff Miller, author of The Seagoing Cowboy


Mari’s Hope delivers the dramatic conclusion to the middle-grade historical fiction trilogy begun with Odin’s Promise, awarded the 2014 Midwest Book Award for Children’s Fiction, and Bjorn’s Gift (2016).

In Mari’s Hope, set in a small village in occupied western Norway in the final years of World War II, young Mari has become a valued helper to the village doctor. She also plays a role in her family’s efforts in the local resistance, despite ever-present dangers, especially from the snooping soldier called Goatman and from Leif, her one-time school friend, now a German collaborator.

As the German war efforts falter, pressure increases on the occupying troops to hold Norway firmly in their grip.

But freedom-loving Norwegians will do their best to thwart those plans.

Readers familiar with the first two books in the series will enjoy seeing Mari blossom and grow into greater confidence in herself, as she and her family, friends, and neighbors stubbornly hold onto hopes that the war will end and peace will return to their beloved country. New readers will enjoy this story on its own merits, and can look forward to catching up with the beginnings of Mari’s tale in Odin’s Promise and Bjorn’s Gift.

The series is ideal for all 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.


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