The Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon
  

The Sleeping Army

Written by Francesca Simon

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Best-selling author Francesca Simon tells a witty adventure set in a world still ruled by the Norse gods. Freya has problems familiar to many: she is dealing with splitting her life between her parents as they squabble and bicker. One night, staying with her dad on his night shift as a security guard in the British Museum, Freya idly blows a horn which brings the Lewis Chessmen to life. Suddenly, Freya’s everyday complications are blow away as she is swept off to Asgard, the home of the Viking gods, and into a dangerous and important mission.

Second in the series is The Lost Gods.

The Lovereading comment:

One of the bestselling children's authors in the world, the creator of the Horrid Henry series, launches an exciting new novel for children aged 8+. All those legions of fans who have devoured Horrid Henry will find this one equally funny, irresistible and exciting. It's the story of a young girl, Freya who on a visit to the British Museum awakes some Norse chessmen from their slumber. Francesca Simon's hallmark humour shines through brilliantly in this test of Freya's strength and courage.

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Synopsis

The Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon

Freya is an ordinary girl living in modern Britain, but with a twist: people still worship the Viking gods. She's caught in her parents' divorce, and shuttling between bickering adults is no fun. One evening, stuck with her dad on his night shift at the British Museum, she is drawn to the Lewis Chessmen and Heimdall's Horn. Unable to resist, she blows the horn, waking three chess pieces from their enchantment; the slaves Roskva and Alfi, and Snot the Berserk. They are all summoned to Asgard, land of the Viking gods, and told they must go on a perilous journey to restore the gods to youth. If Freya refuses she will be turned into an ivory chess piece but, if she accepts her destiny and fails, the same terrible fate awaits her.

Reviews

'There is much humour in the story to lighten the scary thrills, and even a few really gross-out moments.. Young readers will love it.' The Bookbag.com

'This is an exciting and witty read for boys and girls aged nine upwards.' The Spectator

'Simon blends historical detail with contemporary, funny dialogue and creates in Freya a genuinely believable heroine who yearns for excitement and security in equal measure.' Daily Mail

About the Author

Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon was born in St Louis, Missouri, grew up in California, and attended both Yale and Oxford Universities, where she specialised in Medieval Studies.

If you'd like to know a bit more about Horrid Henry click here to read a letter from the author.

Author photo © Francesco Guidicini

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
240 pages

Author

Francesca Simon
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Author's Website

www.francescasimon.com/

Publisher

Profile Books Ltd

Publication date

20th October 2011

ISBN

9781846682797

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