The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer

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Jack was eleven when the berserkers loomed out of the fog and nabbed him. "It seems that things are stirring across the water," the Bard had warned. "Ships are being built, swords are being forged."
"Is that bad?" Jack had asked, for his Saxon village had never before seen berserkers.
"Of course. People don't make ships and swords unless they intend to use them."
The year is A.D. 793. In the next months, Jack and his little sister, Lucy, are enslaved by Olaf One-Brow and his fierce young shipmate, Thorgil. With a crow named Bold Heart for mysterious company, they are swept up into an adventure-quest that follows in the spirit of The Lord of the Rings.
Other threats include a willful mother Dragon, a giant spider, and a troll-boar with a surprising personality -- to say nothing of Ivar the Boneless and his wife, Queen Frith, a shape-shifting half-troll, and several eight foot tall, orange-haired, full-time trolls. But in stories by award-winner Nancy Farmer, appearances do deceive. She has never told a richer, funnier tale, nor offered more timeless encouragement to young seekers than "Just say no to pillaging."
 

About Nancy Farmer

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Nancy Farmer has written three Newbery Honor books: The Ear, the Eye and the Arm; A Girl Named Disaster; and The House of the Scorpion, which, in 2002, also won the National Book Award and the Printz Honor. Other books include The Sea of Trolls, The Land of the Silver Apples, The Islands of the Blessed, Do You Know Me, The Warm Place, and three picture books for young children. She grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border and now lives with her family in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona.
 
Published May 25, 2005 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 480 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Travel, History. Fiction

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Between being kidnapped by Norse berserkers and returning home, Saxon Jack has met Norse Jill, saved sister Lucy from a shape-shifting troll queen, faced a troll-bear, dragons, and giant spiders, and drunk from a magic well.

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Readers will want to sail through these nearly 500 pages to find out what happens to young Jack and his sister, Lucy, kidnapped from their homeland by a Viking crew led by Olaf One-Brow. The two th

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The Bard, who fled from Queen Frith and has taken refuge on the boy's small island ("Nowhere in the nine worlds is safe for me as long as she is abroad," the Bard explains) takes in 12-year-old Jack as an apprentice.

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Examiner

The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer is an excellent blend of adventure and mythology.

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The Bookbag

As the Bard explains to Jack, whatever course of action a person chooses - whether right or wrong or inevitable - it will lead to a consequence, and possibly a price to be paid, so it is useful to think first.

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USA Today

This National Book Award-winning author departs from science fiction in this heroic tale of Jack, an 11-year-old Anglo-Saxon and bard-in-training who is enslaved by Viking raiders.

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Teen Reads

Only an author as masterful and imaginative as Farmer would be able to adapt the story of Beowolf for young people.

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Gather Books

I loved Farmer’s writing style and would love to read more books in this series.

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Common Sense Media

About 1 year later, it was the first 'big' book he read, then he proceeded to read the next two in the series.

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Common Sense Media

About 1 year later, it was the first 'big' book he read, then he proceeded to read the next two in the series.

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Common Sense Media

Although Lucy is an annoying and thoroughly unbelievable character (the author could take a lesson from Suzanne Collins, author of Gregor the Overlander, on how to take small children on an adventure), and the life force, from which Jack draws his power, is a little too Star Wars, readers will be...

Feb 27 2005 | Read Full Review of The Sea of Trolls

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Although Lucy is an annoying and thoroughly unbelievable character (the author could take a lesson from Suzanne Collins, author of Gregor the Overlander, on how to take small children on an adventure), and the life force, from which Jack draws his power, is a little too Star Wars, readers will be...

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