We have several books to announce for this spring.
Coming soon: Odin’s Promise, by Sandy Brehl.
It’s a delightful middle-grade historical novel, a story of a girl and an elkhound during World War II in a village in western Norway during the German occupation.
Sandy is a teacher and an active member of SCBWI. She also a blogger about picture books. She lives in Muskego, Wisconsin (SW of Milwaukee).
ARCs (advance reading copies) will be available in just a few days as an electronic file (PDF), with some hard-copy ARCs to be available also for established reviewers. Interested educators or reviewers, email us to request a copy via our Contact page.
The softcover has an official pub date of May 17 (Syttende Mai, aka Norway’s Constitution Day, their big 4th of July–like celebration). It will be available by April 20 in time for a book launch party and Syttende Mai events. (For details on events, sign up for the Crickhollow/Crispin Books mailing list, or follow the author at SandyBrehl.com.)
The story is of special interest to Norwegian-American audiences and to dog owners.
Odin’s Promise is a historical novel for middle-grade readers, a story of the first year of German occupation of Norway as seen through the eyes of a young girl.
Eleven-year-old Mari grew up tucked safely under the wings of her parents, grandma, and her older siblings. When Hitler’s troops invaded Norway in Spring 1940, she is forced to grow beyond her “little girl” nickname and comfortable patterns to deal with harsh new realities.
At her side for support and protection is Odin, her faithful elkhound.
After she witnesses a troubling event on the mountainside, truths are revealed: the involvement of her family and friends in the resistance; the value of humor in surviving hard times; the hidden radio in her grandma’s cottage.
Odin, not one for quiet resistance, makes an enemy of soldiers who patrol the area.
The year will bring many challenges, as Mari confronts danger, develops her inner strength and voice, and finds she is able to endure hardship and heartache.
(A Novel of Norway)
by Sandy Brehl
Trade Paperback • $13.95 • 236 pages • 5.5” x 8.5”
Pub date: May 17, 2014 (avail. April 20)
Juvenile Fiction / Historical / World War II / Family & Friends / Middle-Grade Novel