Odd and the Frost Giants (Hardcover)

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By Neil Gaiman, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
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I love the deceptive simplicity, humour & magic of this book. Odd rescues a bear in difficulty, and is drawn into a quest to help three gods return to their home in Asgard. Gaiman's prose is clear and uncluttered and his sense of adventure finely balanced: cosy, not safe. He delights, but never coddles the reader. I highly recommend this tale for adults as well as young people.

— Reva

Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List

“In a village in ancient Norway, Odd loses his father and has a terrible accident, which shatters his leg. When winter comes, Odd removes himself to the woods only to be confronted by three animals -- a bear, a fox, and an eagle -- who set the stage for a real twist of Norse mythology. This is a wonderful story!”
— Judith Lafitte, Octavia Books, LLC, New Orleans, LA


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 .

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061671739
ISBN-10: 0061671738
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2009
Pages: 128
Language: English