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Summer Reading Ideas for Kids Who Love Mythological Beings

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So how’s your ‘warmer weather months’ going? I’ve been spending tons of time curled up on the patio with my nose in a book! I can also share that I’ve been up to my eyeballs in Norse Mythology. Currently one of my MANY publishing/writing projects I am working on includes a new book from Audrey Press all about the Norse Gods.

Some of you might not know this about me but my family comes from the Island of Gotland in the Baltic sea. There on this magical island is buried Thor,the hammer god himself. So I guess I can technically say that Thor is a part of my genealogy.

So needless to say, many of my past book reviews have been on books with mythological theme’s include Greek and Norse Mythology. Here are just a few of my favorites to add to you summer reading bookshelf.

Runemarks by Joanne Harris is one of my son’s favorite reads. He has read it several times and has continued on with the series as well. He highly recommends it with five golden stars and thumbs up.

Runemarks

Seven o’clock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins had been at the cellar again. . . . Not that anyone would admit it was goblins. In Maddy Smith’s world, order rules. Chaos, old gods, fairies, goblins, magic, glamours–all of these were supposedly vanquished centuries ago. But Maddy knows that a small bit of magic has survived. The “ruinmark” she was born with on her palm proves it–and makes the other villagers fearful that she is a witch (though helpful in dealing with the goblins-in-the-cellar problem). But the mysterious traveler One-Eye sees Maddy’s mark not as a defect, but as a destiny. And Maddy will need every scrap of forbidden magic One-Eye can teach her if she is to survive that destiny.

For the love of Greek Mythology: The Adventures of Achilles by Hugh Lupton 

Greek Mythology

The Adventures of Achilles. Barefoot Books are high quality and unique and not typically found on Amazon. I’ve been a Barefoot Book Ambassador in the past but my hectic children’s book writing and publishing schedule forced me to put that venture on hold for now. BUT, I am still a huge fan of the diversity, quality and uniqueness that Barefoot Books offers.

A Norse God and Viking Booklist

Norse God Booklist
Runelight
The squabbling Norse gods and goddesses of Runemarks are back! And there’s a feisty new heroine on the scene: Maggie, a girl the same age as Maddy but brought up a world apart – literally, in World’s End, the focus of the Order in which Maddy was raised. Now the Order is destroyed, Chaos is filling the vacuum left behind… and is breaching the everyday world.
The Gospel of Loki
This novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods—retold from the point of view of the world’s ultimate trickster, Loki. A #1 bestseller in the UK, The Gospel of Loki tells the story of Loki’s recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself.
K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr Blackwell Pages Trilogy
Loki's Wolves
“The runes have spoken. We have our champion…Matthew Thorsen.”
Matt hears the words, but he can’t believe them. He’s Thor’s representative? Destined to fight trolls, monstrous wolves and giant serpents…or the world ends? He’s only thirteen.While Matt knew he was a modern-day descendent of Thor, he’s always lived a normal kid’s life. In fact, most people in the small town of Blackwell, South Dakota, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt’s classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke. No big deal.
Odins Ravens
When thirteen-year-old Matt Thorsen and Fen and Laurie Brekke, modern-day descendants of Thor and Loki, discovered they were fated to take the places of the Norse Gods in a battle against the apocalypse, they thought they knew how things would play out. Gather the other descendants, defeat a giant serpent, and save the world. No problem, right? Wrong. The descendants’ journey grinds to a halt when their friend Baldwin is poisoned and Matt, Fen, and Laurie must travel to the Underworld in hopes of saving him. From there, they’ll have to reunite…
Thor's Serpents
Thirteen-year-olds Matt, Laurie, and Fen have beaten near-impossible odds to assemble their fellow descendants of the Norse Gods and complete epic quests. Their biggest challenge lies ahead: battling the fierce monsters working to bring about the apocalypse. But when they learn that Matt must fight the Midgard Serpent alone and Fen and Laurie are pulled in other directions, the friends realize they can’t take every step of this journey together.
An award-winning exceptionally great series by Nancy Farmer-The Sea of Trolls trilogy
Sea of Trolls
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 in the spirit of The Lord of the Rings.
The Island of the Blessed
The fields of Jack’s home village are devastated, the winter ahead looks bleak, and a monster—a draugr—has invaded the forest outside of town. But in the hands of bestselling author Nancy Farmer, the direst of prospects becomes any reader’s reward. Soon, Jack, Thorgil, and the Bard are off on a quest to right the wrong of a death caused by Father Severus. Their destination is Notland, realm of the fin folk, though they will face plenty of challenges and enemies before get they get there. Impeccably researched and blending the lore of Christian, Pagan, and Norse traditions, this expertly woven tale is beguiling suspenseful and, ultimately, a testament to love.
the land
“Like the druidic life force Jack taps, this hearty adventure, as personal as it is epic, will cradle readers in the ‘hollow of its hand’ (Booklist, starred review). Jack has caused an earthquake. He was trying to save his sister Lucy from being thrown down a well, but sometimes the magic doesn’t quite work out. Not only does Jack demolish a monastery, but Lucy is carried off by the Lady of the Lake, and Jack has to follow her through the Hollow Road, which lies underground.

For the love of Greek Mythology: The Adventures of Odysseus

Greek Mythology

As a family we love the Greek myths but we especially love this edition of Odysseus. The story is written in a way that my family of varying ages can grasp it and the illustrations are simply stunning and brilliantly colorful.

Odd and the Frost Giants #BookReview- Plus A Visit to a Viking Village!

I think Neil Gaiman is one of the most inventive authors out there. His writing style is simple, he keeps us engaged with every page ,  every twist and turn, and those incredible scary moments that we know are coming but surprise us every single time. Every tale is unique unto itself regardless of genre. We read Neil Gaiman because we know that every story will be told masterfully.

Today’s story is no different. It is a heartfelt story of a young boy named Odd, which means point in the Norse languages, who has had some very bad luck. His father died during a Viking expedition. His mother is remarried to a man who looks at Odd as an unworthy misfit. Out in the woods a tree falls on Odds leg and shatters it, making him even more a misfit. The winters have come to an unending state and has made not only the people in-house grumpy but the villagers at large. Odd, in his frustration decides to leave the house.

While in his father’s workshop cabin, he encounters a fox who persuades him to follow him. As Odd does so he discovers what the fox is wanting to show him, a bear and an Eagle. This motley crew has a very strange story to tell. Such as, they’re actually Norse Gods who have been kicked out of Asgard by the Frost Giants. Not only this but they have been turned into animals. Committed to his new-found friends, Odd takes a journey he had never imagined. He is going to save Asgard and return the gods to their proper dwelling place. To restore the gods to Asgard and put an end to the long winter, Odd will have to use all his skills. To do this, he is going to have to outwit the frost giants. Is he clever enough, cheerful to the point of being infuriating enough ? You’ll have to see.

This is an endearing short tale that will have you on the edge of your seat rooting for Odd! Grab your copy of Odd and the Frost Giants HERE.

 Happy Reading!
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School is out and our youngsters are settling into a new summer routine of sleeping in and hopefully doing some exploring and discovering. With the hectic days of summer just beginning, oftentimes one of the first habit to go by the wayside is the habit of daily reading.
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