The Resource Frostborn, Lou Anders ; illustrations by Justin Gerard

Frostborn, Lou Anders ; illustrations by Justin Gerard

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Frostborn
Title
Frostborn
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Lou Anders ; illustrations by Justin Gerard
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eng
Summary
Destined to take over his family farm in Norrøngard, Karn would rather play the board game, Thrones and Bones, until half-human, half frost giantess Thianna appears and they set out on an adventure, chased by a dragon, undead warriors, an evil uncle, and more
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  • Grades 4-6 Set in early Scandinavia and drawing on Norse culture and mythology, this accessible fantasy brings together two very different children bound by common goals: escape, survival, and setting things right. Karn shows no interest in learning to barter or to run the family farm that will be his responsibility someday, but he has energy to spare for playing his favorite board game, Thrones and Bones. At seven feet tall, 12-year-old half-human Thianna is significantly shorter than the full-blood frost giants she has grown up with, but she makes up for it with spirit, wits, and determination. Leaving home for different reasons, this unlikely pair manages to outwit a series of vicious enemies and even comes to understand themselves better. Though the dialogue sometimes sounds jarringly modern, and it’s never quite convincing that these two young characters could defeat so many powerful antagonists, adventure fans will enjoy the action, the Norse background, and the occasional flash of humor. This book launches the Thrones and Bones series. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 05-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 18, p68)
  • /* Starred Review */ In this Norse-flavored adventure, Anders, editorial director for Pyr Books and editor of numerous anthologies, pits a clever boy and a resourceful half-giant girl against numerous enemies and the hazards of the frozen wilderness. Twelve-year-old Karn has no desire to learn the family business of farming; he’s much more interested in playing the strategy board game Thrones and Bones. Thianna’s human ancestry makes her an oddity and object of derision among her full-blooded giant peers. Nevertheless, Karn and Thianna become reluctant allies and friends when trouble threatens: Karn runs afoul of a malevolent undead lord, while Thianna must flee from her human mother’s people, who seek a long-lost artifact. Though a lot of elements are in play, Anders ties the novel’s threads together in a neatly satisfying way, crafting a powerful, fast-paced tale. Cleverness is valued as much as martial abilities, swiftness of mind as much as strength of sword arm. The setting is rich, the characters well-defined, and the danger ever-paramount. It’s a strong and thoroughly enjoyable start to the Thrones and Bones series. Ages 8–12. Agency: Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 23, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 25, p)
  • An obsessive gamer and a sassy half-giant affirm that power lies in being underestimated.As the heir apparent to a powerful farm in Norrà ̧ngard (think a fictional Norway), 12-year-old Karn is expected to comprehend bartering techniques (six ewes + six lambs = one cow). His predilection for Thrones and Bones (a traditional Norrà ̧nir board game) and disdain for a bucolic existence don't invite any confidence from his father. Thianna is a 12-year-old half-giant and half-human (by way of her deceased mother). At 7 feet tall, she's considered diminutive by giant standards and would "cut her human half out in an instant if she could." When their fathers meet for several days of trading goods, Thianna and Karn strike up an unexpected friendship. Their need for an alliance is accelerated when nemeses from Thianna's mother's past surface, and Karn's life is designated an obstacle by his Machiavellian uncle. Enter: wyverns, a seemingly silent horn, undead assailants, flatulent trolls and one massive dragon. A merging of comedy, action and suspense maintains a promising pace. As present as the lurking danger are two important messages: Focus your energy toward accentuating your strengths rather than regretting weaknesses, and always stand downwind from a troll.Future fans of Tolkien and George R.R. Martin can happily cut their serial-fantasy teeth on this first book of an eventual series. (map, illustrated guide to the Thrones and Bones game) (Fantasy. 10-14)(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10325834
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Anders, Lou
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illustrations
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no index present
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660L
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MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
4.9
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Gerard, Justin
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Thrones and Bones
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dragons
  • Animals, Mythical
  • Board games
Target audience
juvenile
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Frostborn, Lou Anders ; illustrations by Justin Gerard
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9780385387798
Lccn
2013046709
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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Frostborn, Lou Anders ; illustrations by Justin Gerard
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9780385387798
Lccn
2013046709
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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