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Author: Katherine Langrish

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Publisher: Eos, an Imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books

Material: hard cover

Summary: Kwimu and Sinum Ku, Vikings, are coming back on their ship. Their grandmother tells them a story. When they find things from the story, they think it is real. It makes them want to go back out to sea. This is the first book in a fantasy trilogy that weaves Viking and Native American legends.

Type of Reading: independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 10 and up

Reading Level: 4.1

Age of Child: Read by a student at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, New Hope, MN. This was part of our Use Your ABCs classroom literacy project.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked it because the cover looked cool. At the beginning it seemed a bit boring, but it got better. If I had read the first book, I would have understood this one more. What I didn't like about it is that it was boring at times.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: This is an adventure story.

Cons: Some of the names of things were hard to say, which throws me off when I am reading.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good book, but you have to read the first two titles before this one.

If You Liked This Book, Try: VAMPIRATES: DEMONS OF THE OCEAN   VIKING WARRIOR:The Strongbow Saga, Book One   THE CAPTURE (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book One)

Educational Themes: There are elements of Viking tradition and folktales woven throughout the book.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 4.1
The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, Young Adult series, Native Americans, multicultural

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2010

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