Astrid the Unstoppable

Astrid the Unstoppable

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"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 skis or sled, singing merrily as she goes, and drinking hot chocolate made from real chocolate bars with her grumpy best friend and godfather, Gunnvald. She just wishes there were other children to share in her hair-raising adventures. But her world is about to be turned upside down, first by the arrival of a family with children to her village, and then by a mysterious woman whom everyone but Astrid seems to know. Gunnvald has been keeping a big secret from her --one that will test their friendship. Astrid isn't happy about all the changes in Glimmerdal. Luckily, she has a plan to set things right." --Dust jacket.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781536200171
Branch Call Number: FICTION PARR
Characteristics: 306 pages : illustrations, map ; 19 cm


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Feb 19, 2019

This charming middle grade novel has a strong sense of setting and is driven with confidence by Astrid. She is eleven and the only child in the glen. Her best friend is a crusty 74-year-old hermit. Add in his treasured copy of the book "Heidi" and the death of an old friend that shakes him to the core and Astrid is intrigued. The narrative quite nicely pairs the story of Heidi with a character much like Pippi Longstocking. A delightful book with a heartwarming ending.

Sep 25, 2018

The only child in the valley of Glimmerdal, nine-year-old Astrid is delightfully impulsive -- a Pippi Longstocking for the 21st century. Her best friend and frequent conspirator in adventure is her elderly neighbor Gunnvald, though one day she is surprised to meet two children at the nearby resort. How is that possible, when Hagen's Wellness Retreat is strictly ‘adults only’? And who is the strange woman who arrives in the valley when Gunnvald is hospitalized? I loved the humor and Nordic spirit in this charming children's novel, though I could have done with fewer references to snus.

I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.


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