Odd and the Frost Giants: Book summary and reviews of Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

Odd and the Frost Giants

By Neil Gaiman

Odd and the Frost Giants
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2009,
    128 pages.
    Age range: Children


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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 .

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"Although less original than Coraline or The Wolves in the Walls, this enjoyable story should appeal to Gaiman's younger fans. Ages 8–12." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Children will enjoy Odd's quiet heroism and the simple adventure; adults will love the squabbling gods and the strong women. Ages 8+." - Kirkus Reviews

"[A] thoughtful and quietly humorous fantasy that younger Percy Jackson fans will enjoy." - School Library Journal

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Neil Gaiman Author Biography

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Neil Gaiman grew up in England and, although Jewish, attended Church of England schools, including Ardingly College, a boarding school in West Sussex (South of England). During the early 1980s he worked as a journalist and book reviewer. His first book was a biography of the band Duran Duran. He moved from England to his wife's hometown in the American midwest several years ago. He and his family now live in a renovated Victorian farmhouse where (he says) his hobbies are writing things down, hiding, and talking about himself in the third person. More about him and his books below.

A professional writer for more than twenty years, Neil Gaiman has been one of the top writers in modern comics, and is now a bestselling novelist. His work has appeared in ...

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Neil Gaiman: kneel gay-mn

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