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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: bedtime story, family reading, anytime 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.
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 book
Date(s) Reviewed: February 2010
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