The Resource Secrets of Valhalla, Jasmine Richards

Secrets of Valhalla, Jasmine Richards

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Secrets of Valhalla
Title
Secrets of Valhalla
Statement of responsibility
Jasmine Richards
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
It's not every day that you find a famous weatherwoman bound by magic to a tree deep in the woods. Or discover that the weatherwoman is in fact Sunna, the Norse Goddess of the Sun, and one of the seven day guardians who keep time in order. But that's just what happens to new friends Buzz and Mary--and it's only the start of their adventure. Now, as the people of Earth are forced to repeat the same Saturday over and over again, Buzz and Mary must journey to collect the Runes of Valhalla and awaken the other day guardians, before vengeful god Loki can get to them first
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  • Grades 3-7 Buzz has the worst luck, and trying to turn it around just gets him into even more trouble. He gets detention, won’t be able to play in the championship soccer game, and loses his cell phone to a bully who pranks him in front of the whole school. To top it off, he’s failing English, too. Then he meets the new American girl, Mary, clad in cobweb-patterned stockings and sporting dreadlocks, who astounds him with a cornucopia of weird facts. Things take a turn for the supernatural when the unlikely pals are given a mission from the Norse god Sunna: they must find sleeping gods and hidden rune stones that will save the world from Ragnarok. Along the way, they’ll find gods from many cultures in the most unbelievable places. Richards excels at weaving stories that mesh the real, modern world and classic mythologies. Readers will clamor for more, especially those who loved Rick Riordan’s Norse-themed The Sword of Summer (2015). -- Comfort, Stacey (Reviewed 12-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 8, p55)
  • Gr 4 – 7 — Friday the 13th has always been an unlucky day for Buzz, and this year it promises to be even stranger, with talking squirrels, supernatural trees, and murderous dragons appearing from invisible caverns beneath the earth. With a cast of characters inspired by Norse mythology, Richards takes her reluctant hero on a quest to find and rescue a handful of adults who have mysteriously disappeared from Buzz's town of Crowmarsh. Buzz enlists the help of the unpopular Mary, and together they manage to persuade the Norse gods and goddesses to release the mortals they've possessed in order to fight Tyr and prevent Ragnarok (the final battle). In the meantime, the doomed citizens of Crowmarsh are trapped in an endless repetition of the same Saturday, and Buzz's mother, who, in a confusing and inconsequential subplot, disappeared from her research expedition in the Amazon a year ago, reappears. By the end, Buzz achieves a happy ending and his family drama resolves all too perfectly. His friend Mary, on the other hand, has less success with her rigid and authoritarian grandmother. Richards's story is yet another venture into the genre that Rick Riordan has so successfully made his own, and she doesn't quite pull it off. In an effort to explain the lesser-known details of Norse mythology, Richards periodically takes time out from the story to provide context, and the result is a little jerky. Nevertheless, kids will love meeting the lachrymose Kraken, who is also, apparently, the Loch Ness Monster and cheeky Ratatosk, the talking squirrel. Richards's vivid animal characters are the stars of this narrative. VERDICT A fine purchase to supplement middle grade collections where myth-inspired fantasy/adventure is popular.—Jane Barrer, United Nations International School, New York City --Jane Barrer (Reviewed November 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 11, p102)
  • Two unlikely preteens battle the gods of Norse mythology to save their world from Ragnarok—chaos and destruction. Strange things are happening in Crowmarsh, England, and Buzz Buzzard has lots to contend with: his botanist mother in missing in the Amazon cloud forest; his famous mythology-professor father is as remote as ever; he's bullied by his sister's boyfriend; and it is Friday the 13th, a date he dreads. Buzz meets Mary, a visiting American girl who can see ghosts and read people's fears. In the Tangley Woods they discover the missing local meteorologist, only to find that she has become a host for the goddess Sunna, one of the day guardians. Loki has escaped his bonds and captured Sunna, causing Sunday to cease to exist and throwing the world into a repeating Saturday time loop. Loki wants the Runes of Valhalla, held by the day guardians. In order to find the runes first, Buzz and Mary travel, with the help of a huge magic tree, to the cloud realm, to Atlantis, and to the underworld, battling magic and danger. Although the action proceeds at breakneck speed, character development does not suffer; both Mary and Buzz are appealing. Some knowledge of Norse mythology will help readers unravel the multiple gods and complicated plot, but it's not critical. The combination of adventure, appealing characters, and high stakes should satisfy middle-grade fantasy fans. (Fantasy. 10-14)(Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10464532
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YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Richards, Jasmine
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 008-012
  • 690L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
Reading level
4.9
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True
Series statement
Secrets of Valhalla
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Loki
  • Magic
  • Mythology
  • Fantasy
  • Magic
  • Mythology, Norse
  • Goddesses, Norse
  • Valhalla
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Secrets of Valhalla, Jasmine Richards
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1486434
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9780062010094
Lccn
2015938995
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062010094
  • (OCoLC)908262408
Label
Secrets of Valhalla, Jasmine Richards
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1486434
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9780062010094
Lccn
2015938995
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062010094
  • (OCoLC)908262408

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