Leif is sick of being the smallest in his very large Viking family, but he longs to be a champion. At the Midsummer Games, he has the perfect chance to prove himself.
All Leif needs to do is avoid his troll-like sister, stop the Widow Brownhilde from marrying his father and keep his troublesome granny away from the other contestants. Oh, and wrestle with some full-grown and rather scary Vikings.
My name is Frond. Leif Frond. I’m ten years old and I’m a hero. I’m six foot tall, strong as a bear, with a big blond beard down to my waist...
All right, maybe not. Maybe not even five foot tall, and about as strong as a ferret. But just wait. It’s going to happen. Any day now... any day...
My granny says things like, “You don’t have to be as tall as a troll to make people sit up and take notice – look at your great-great-uncle, the one they called Gory Weaselbeard! Everybody knows about him and he was shorter than me!” I think she mustn’t be telling the whole truth there, because my granny is so bent over she can look a sheep in the eye. And it’s no secret that my great-great uncle was the sneakiest trickster anyone has ever heard of and who wants to be known for that? Not me.
For me, it’s hero or nothing.
... that the Vikings made it all the way to Canada? Not the part of Canada I grew up in, but some day I hope to go visit the recreated settlements in Newfoundland.
... that archery, wrestling and carrying great stones about were real Viking contests?
... that Viking helmets didn't have horns? But we don't care, because they look so cool!
"Great fun, these are easy reads which will appeal to boys and girls."
Sarah Brew, ParentsInTouch
"Leif Frond is an aspiring young Viking hero living in the settlement of Frondfell. Whilst the story is a light hearted one, there is plenty of historical lifestyle detail in these two books, which adds interest for the reader. In The Viking Games, he deals with slightly scary Viking raiders and a widow desperate to marry his father, and in Quickfingers, he is responsible for unmasking and redeeming a suspicious travelling pedlar. In both stories, readers will identify with Leif as he tries to escape chores and his big sister, makes new friends, gets into scrapes and deals with a variety of small and not so small problems. Black and white illustrations (approximately one per chapter) enhance the humour of the text. Overall, both stories are a fun read for confident readers of 7+ or older readers needing a high level of interest but shorter, more approachable texts. "
Lucy Russell, Books for Keeps
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