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Title:
Astrid the unstoppable
Summary:
"Speed and self-confidence, that's Astrid's motto. Nicknamed "the little thunderbolt," she loves to spend her days racing down the hillside on her skis or sled, singing merrily as she goes, and drinking hot chocolate made from real chocolate bars with her grumpy best friend and godfather, Gunnvald. She just wishes there were other children to share in her hair-raising adventures. But her world is about to be turned upside down, first by the arrival of a family with children to her village, and then by a mysterious woman whom everyone but Astrid seems to know. Gunnvald has been keeping a big secret from her --one that will test their friendship. Astrid isn't happy about all the changes in Glimmerdal. Luckily, she has a plan to set things right."-- Jacket.
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Physical Description:
306 pages : illustrations, map ; 19 cm
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Publisher:
Candlewick Press,
Publication Date:
2018

2017
ISBN:
9781536200171
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, [2018]

©2017
Call Number:
J PARR
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Summary

Pippi Longstocking meets Heidi meets Anne Shirley in this tale of an irrepressible girl in a mountain village who navigates unexpected changes with warmth and humor.

Speed and self-confidence, that's Astrid's motto. Nicknamed "the little thunderbolt," she loves to spend her days racing down the hillside on her sled, singing loudly as she goes, and visiting Gunnvald, her grumpy, septuagenarian best friend and godfather, who makes hot chocolate from real chocolate bars. She just wishes there were other children to share her hair-raising adventures with. But Astrid's world is about to be turned upside down by two startling arrivals to the village of Glimmerdal: first a new family, then a mysterious, towering woman who everyone seems to know but Astrid. It turns out that Gunnvald has been keeping a big secret from his goddaughter, one that will test their friendship to its limits. Astrid is not too happy about some of these upheavals in Glimmerdal -- but, luckily, she has a plan to set things right.


Author Notes

Maria Parr is the author of Adventures with Waffles, which has been translated into twenty-six languages and made into a children's TV series in Norway. Astrid the Unstoppable has been translated into nineteen languages and adapted for the stage. Maria Parr lives in Norway with her family.

Guy Puzey grew up in the Highlands of Scotland, just a short swim away from Norway. He now works at the University of Edinburgh as a teacher of Scandinavian linguistic history, children's literature, and literary translation.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

At nine years old, free-range Astrid Glimmerdal has the whole wide world (or at least her tiny Norwegian town) "in front of her skis." As the only child around, the small songstress ("It is important to sing when you're skiing") has to get creative about finding friends-her best friend is her 74-year-old godfather, Gunnvald-but she's managed to turn Mr. Hagen, the owner of Hagen's Wellness Retreat who's more fond of quiet than of children, into her nemesis. As she speeds toward her 10th birthday, Astrid discovers that her beloved Gunnvald has a secret, a daughter she doesn't know about, that may change her view of the world forever. Imbued with a Scandinavian sensibility, this novel by Parr (Adventures with Waffles) presents fun alongside concepts such as death, physical distance between friends, and estrangement in an age-appropriate format, and both encourages readers to question new ideas and offers a fertile foundation for imagination. Fans of Pippi Longstocking and the Moomins will delight in Parr's indomitable Astrid. Ages 7-10. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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