Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

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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 .


About Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman is the nationally bestselling author of The Graveyard Book, the only book ever to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie Medals. He lives near Minneapolis, MN. You can visit him online at www.mousecircus.com.Michael Reaves is an Emmy Award-winning television writer and novelist who has written, story-edited, or produced nearly four hundred teleplays for various series. He lives in California. You can visit him online at www.michaelreaves.com.
Published September 10, 2009 by HarperCollins. 130 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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I enjoyed Neil Gaiman’s latest book for juvenile readers, and I think it’s going to be well received there.

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Suite 101

Boy is a coming of age story for every ordinary teenage girl.

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Common Sense Media

It’s no surprise that the underdog will find a way to best the mighty Frost Giant, but the moment when Odd begins to strip away the bellowing bravado, the intimidating brute strength to lay bare a lovely truth is breathtaking.

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Fantasy Literature

I’ve been listening to him read his short stories available through audible, and I decided my daughter, though perhaps not ready for the Graveyard Book, would want to hear him read.

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SF Signal

Fearing my son might lose his love of reading if he kept having bad books shoved down his throat, I pulled out the heavy artillery: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

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ODD AND THE FROST GIANTS is a wonderfully written tale by the always delightful Neil Gaiman.

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The Roanoke Times

“Charming” and “clever” are both appropriate adjectives for Neil Gaiman’s new book for young readers, “Odd and the Frost Giants.” Although fans of his best-known stories for young adults — “Coraline” and the Newbery Award-winning “The Graveyard Book” — will probably find Odd’s tale, a mere 117 sm...

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Thought to be useless by his step-father and step-brothers, Odd often makes mistakes.

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