In a nutshell: exciting Viking set crime mystery recommended for brave girls and boys
One of our 2018 Books of the Year
July 2018 Debut of the Month |Historian Janina Ramirez’s TV programmes are as inspiring as they are informative. Her passion for Viking history comes through loud and clear in this story for young readers, which is also inspiring, and a great crime mystery too. Young Alva lives with her mother, uncle, baby brother and pet wolf Fenrir in the Viking settlement Kilsgard. Her father is away ‘a-Viking’ and much missed. The peace of their community is disturbed by the arrival of an English monk. He says he’s on the trail of treasure – certain to catch Viking attention – but has been attacked, a companion kidnapped. Alva is determined to investigate and soon on the trail, at first independently, then as semi-official assistant to her investigator uncle. The mystery comes closer to home still when the two discover secret messages from Alva’s father amongst the clues. Readers will pick up a real sense of Viking life as they compulsively turn the pages of this gripping adventure and Alva is a great new character in children’s books.
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Viking expert and author Janina Ramirez introduces her debut children's book Riddle of the Runes: A Viking Mystery, illustrated by David Wyatt. The Viking town of Kilsgard has its fair share of mysteries and in this exciting new series, young investigator and shield maiden Alva follows the clues to solve them. Fierce, stubborn, and curious-Alva's bound to get in trouble along the way, but all that matters is being first to the crime scene.
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|Publication date:||5th July 2018|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Historical Fiction|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|