Astrid the Unstoppable
Astrid the Unstoppable
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Annotation: An adventurous young girl spends her days singing and sledding down the hillside of her Norwegian mountain village to visit her curmudgeonly septuagenarian godfather before befriending a new family and a mysterious woman with an unexpected identity.
Catalog Number: #169631
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Harnett, Katie,
Pages: 306 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-536-20017-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-536-20017-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018960078
Dimensions: 19 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Boisterous ten-year-old Astrid is the sole child inhabitant of a tiny Norwegian village. When her best friend, elderly curmudgeon Gunnvald, breaks his leg, his hitherto-unknown (to Astrid) grown daughter shows up. Humor and pathos result--lots of both--all grounded by the specificity of the setting and the clarity and depth of the characterizations. Although there are homages to Heidi and Pippi Longstocking, Parr has crafted a fresh tale all her own.
Publishers Weekly
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.)

Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Nine-year-old Astrid is the only child living in Glimmerdal, Norway, which boasts a forest and a river, as well as a few small farms, houses, and shops. It's not a quiet place, though, not with Astrid, "the little thunderbolt of Glimmerdal," skiing or sledding down hills and across roads with reckless abandon while singing loudly to keep up her courage. When cranky old Gunnvald, her godfather and best friend, creates a heartrending problem, she tries to set things right. This fierce, lovable girl bravely takes action, even when she's trembling inside. More than once, she confronts adults who are about to make irrevocable mistakes out of greed, stubbornness, or emotional distress. While Johanna Spyri's book Heidi has a small role in the story, the main character here has much more in common with the irrepressible, unconventional heroine of Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking. Drama and humor are interwoven throughout the well-paced narrative, which transports readers to a distinctive locale and introduces vividly drawn, memorable characters. Small drawings at chapter headings and a double-page map add visual appeal. Norwegian writer Parr, whose Adventures with Waffles (2013) has been translated into many languages, offers another original chapter book with a strong sense of place and international appeal.
Word Count: 49,554
Reading Level: 5.1
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.1 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 198035 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.7 / points:11.0 / quiz:Q75831
Lexile: 770L
Guided Reading Level: W

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.

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