Odin’s Promise

Odins Promise - A Nobel of Norway, by Sandy Brehl

Odin’s Promise
A Novel of Norway
(Book 1 in the Odin’s Promise Trilogy)
by Sandy Brehl

Crispin Books • May 17, 2014
Juvenile Fiction /Historical / World War II
Ages 8-12
Trade Softcover • 236 pages  • 5.5″ x 8.5″
$13.95 • ISBN 978-1-883953-65-2
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Courage & Bravery in Wartime

Underground Resistance in World War II

Norwegian history (Western Norway)

Dogs in Fiction (Norwegian Elkhound)

Bjorn’s Gift
(Book 2 in the Odin’s Promise trilogy)

Mari’s Hope
(Book 3, forthcoming August 2017)

Winner of 2014 Midwest Book Award
for Children’s Fiction!

Teacher’s Guide available here for download.

“Mari, a Norwegian girl, is forced to grow up fast when Nazi soldiers occupy her village in 1940. Readers will cheer for Mari as she discovers her inner strength – and the courage to help celebrate Norway’s spirit of resistance.”
–Kathleen Ernst, author of the Caroline Abbott series from American Girl

“Not since Marie McSwigan’s Snow Treasure have I read such a book about the heroic roles children played in the resistance movement in Norway during WWII.”
– Carole Estby Dagg, author of The Year We Were Famous

“Love of dog, love of family, and love of country – all are woven together in this beautifully written, emotionally taut novel of one girl’s coming of age during war time. Realistic yet hopeful.”
– Gayle Rosengren, author of What the Moon Said

This book is brilliant, and I can say without hesitation that it is one of the best middle grade books I have read this year.” – MotherDaughterBookReviews.com

“A seldom-seen slice of daily life during WWII in this compelling tale. . . . Recommended for historical-fiction fans and animal lovers alike.”
ALA Booklist

Best Girl-Empowering Books of 2014 (Ages 9–12)
A Mighty Girl

Ten Best Indie Middle-Grade Novels of 2014
ForeWord Magazine


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 under the wings of her parents, grandma, and older siblings. When Hitler’s troops invade Norway in Spring 1940 in the early days of World War II, she is forced to grow beyond her “little girl” nickname to deal with harsh new realities in her small village.

At her side is Odin, her faithful Norwegian elkhound. Odin, not one for quiet resistance, quickly makes an enemy of soldiers who patrol the area. Mari, her family, and her neighbors are soon drawn into the activities of the underground resistance movement, as young and old find a way to oppose the occupying forces and show their love for their native land.

The year will bring many challenges, as Mari confronts danger, develops her inner strength, and finds she is able to endure hardship and heartache.

Odin’s Promise is a wonderful middle-grade novel, especially ideal for dog lovers, for Norwegian Americans and other European-Americans whose ancestors were involved in resistance movements in World War II, and for all who enjoy reading stories about World War II history.

A sequel to Odin’s Promise was published September 2016, titled Bjorn’s Gift. A third and final book in the Odin’s Promise trilogy, Mari’s Hope, is scheduled for August 2017.


Sandy Brehl is a teacher and an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. She lives in Muskego, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee.

Her author website is www.SandyBrehl.com.