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The Sleeping Army
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May 2012 Book of the Month. Freya is an ordinary girl living in modern Britain, but with a twist: people still worship the Viking gods. 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.
A witty adventure - Julia Eccleshare
SynopsisThe Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon
This is an exciting new novel for children 8+ from one of the bestselling children's authors in the world, the creator of the Horrid Henry series. Freya is an ordinary girl living in modern Britain, but with a twist: people still worship the Viking gods. 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.
See Francesca Simon with the Lewis Chessmen in this video:
Breathtaking, magical storytelling. I loved this book - Eoin Colfer
A wildly original, rollicking twist on Norse mythology - Jacqueline Wilson
Fantastic ... a snappy, engaging story with good laughs along the way - Daniel Hahn, Independent on Sunday
A daring departure - Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times
Youngsters of eight and up will love the story - Emma Lee-Potter, Daily Express
Guaranteed to bring gales of laughter - Amanda Craig, Times
About The Author
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.
She worked as a freelance journalist, writing for the Sunday Times, Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Telegraph, and Vogue (US) and after her son Joshua was born in 1989, she started writing children’s books full time. One of the UK’s best-selling children’s writers, Francesca has published over 50 books, including the immensely popular HORRID HENRY series, which has now sold over fifteen milllion copies.
Francesca won the Children’s Book of the Year in 2008 at the British Book Awards for Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman. HORRID HENRY is published in 24 countries and is also an animated CITV series. She lives in London with her husband, son, and Tibetan Spaniel, Shanti.
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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