Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 3 - 6Grades 3 - 5n/a5.0n/a

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 .

Hardcover, 128 pages
Published on November 1, 2009 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0061671738
ISBN-13: 9780061671739
1 Book Review
  • mlbrannon
    Mrs. Diehlalmost 8 years55 stars
    I love this book. I was interested in it because it was about Norse mythology. I am reading the book list for the fifth grade Battle of the Books teams and this is on it. The imagery in the book is excellent and it was interesting the entire way through. I read it in one day. I highly recommend it.