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  1. Heidi Heidi says:

    I found Odin's Promise to be a beautifully told story of courage and perseverance in the face of immense challenges Mari's very appealing as a main character an eleven year old girl whose 1940 Norwegian village has been taken over by the Nazis She struggles to adjust to the often frightening changes in her world But through it all her beautiful Norwegian elkhound Odin remains by her side But after Odin makes enemies of some of the soldiers Mari really starts to worry about how she and her family will surviveI'll admit that one of the first things I did after I started reading the book was look up Norwegian elkhounds on the internet I wanted to know what they looked like Odin it turns out is mostly black with white only on the tips of his paws and the tip of his tail I confess I fell in love with Mari and Odin's relationship from the first pageNot only is this a sweet story about the relationship between a girl and her dog but also the strength of the human spirit in finding ways to keep one's hope up in the face of sometimes heart breaking circumstances For those who enjoy historical fiction I can heartily recommend this one

  2. Linda Johnson Linda Johnson says:

    I just ordered 2 copies of this book from Barnes Noble one for me and one for my mother and I am so excited to get themWhen I first read the book description I immediately thought of my mother who was also born and raised in Norway during the German occupation Only difference is my mother didn't have a Norwegian Elkhound instead she had her beloved horse Raska who helped her get though these hard times Ironically though our family did raise Norwegian Elkhound puppies Growing up and even now my mother always told us the stories of growing up during these difficult times in Norway She grew up on a small farm near Korgen Norway which is in the Northern part of Norway My mother and her family also feared the German soldiers and when they showed up at her family farm whatever they had was THEIRS now As kids we were NEVER allowed to have German cars German Shepard dogs German anything It took a German foreign exchange student who lived on our family farm in North Dakota and went to school with us for a year for my mother to let go of her fear and hatred for anything German and realize that not all Germans were bad I plan on sharing this book with my own kids grandkids nieces and nephews so they can learn what growing up was like for their beloved Mor Mor Thank you to the author for writing this book I really look forward to reading it and already know that it will receive 5 Stars from me I actually ended up buying 3 copies of this book 1 for myself 1 for my mother and 1 for my pre teen niece The author did a great job of capturing the customs traditions foods dress language etc but importantly she captured how proud we Norwegians are and how there were certain things the Norwegians were unwilling to give up during the German Occupation I also liked the fact that Mari and her family learned that not all of the German soldiers were bad something that took my own mother years to learn The glossary at the end of the book with popular Norwegian words that were used throughout the book was an added bonus Unless you are Norwegian you would never know what lefse and lutefisk are These are things I grew up eating and to read about them was an absolute delight Bravo to the author for a job well done

  3. Alex Baugh Alex Baugh says:

    Life hadn't changed much for Mari 11 and her beloved elkhound dog Odin when the Nazis invaded Norway and some German soldiers moved into her village Ytre Arna At least not until one day in late August when she and Odin ran into two soldiers nicknamed Scarecrow and The Rat by villagers while berrying on the side of a mountain The soldiers were forcing her Jewish neighbor Mr Meier to walk at gunpoint despite his being injured and bleeding Feeling threatened by Odin's growling Scarecrow tells Mari she will get both of them shot if she can't control her dogMari is the youngest of three children and her family has always treated her in a babyish way but now things are changing and Mari must change with them The Nazis have outlawed radios news sources even their traditional Norwegian dress; their king has fled to England and the government is being run by a Nazi puppet named uisling It is suddenly a whole different world but at least Mari has her constant companion Odin Only now Odin has two enemies and they carry gunsWhen Mari goes back to school in September she is told not to trust anyone one just doesn't know who has sided with the Nazis and who hasn't And when older sister Lise comes home from University in Oslo for a visit she announces that she and her boyfriend will be married sooner than planned The reason life is unsafe for unmarried Norwegian girls around the NazisBut the biggest surprise for Mari is discovering who is part of the Resistance who isn't and which citizens are doing their bit to sabotage the Nazis in Ytre Arna whenever they can And it doesn't take long before Mari like the rest of her family even her grandmother finds herself involved in these clandestine activities as well But is the price she pays for it just too much?Odin's Promise is a real coming of age story At first Mari is a shy uiet girl who frightens easily but the reader can see how the circumstances she finds herself in enable her to find the courage and strength to grow and to do what needs to be done even in the face of overwhelming threat on the part of young impulsive Nazi soldiersResistance stories are among my favorite kind of WWII narratives While I like the stories of hidden organized armed resisters I really like to read about the ordinary citizens who loved their country so much that they not only refused to support the occupation but actively did what they could to make thing difficult or even to just annoy their occupiers Mari her friends and school children all over Norway wore red hats every do to show their loyalty and irate the Germans Norwegians are very patriotic and were very loyal to King Haakon VII after he escaped the Nazis and that really comes across in Sandy Brehl's debut novel about Mari and her familyThere is lots of Norwegian culture included in Odin's Promise particularly around the wedding of Mari's sister Lise where outright defiance of Nazi orders was the real order of the day And be sure to read the Author's Note at the end of the novel to learn all about how Sandy came up with some of the ideas for Odin's Promise that give it such a feeling of authenticity And remember there is a glossary included in the back matter that will help with both Norwegian and German words used And just in case Sandy has peaked your curiosity about Norway and the Resistance in WWII she has provided at very nice bibliography including other middle grade novels about set in the same time with similar themesOdin's Promise is a well written very well researched novel and will be available on May 17 2014 Or if you would like to have your own personalized copy of Odin's Promise just leave a comment and I will be choosing a winner used Randomorg Please provide a valid email in your comment so I can contact the winner You will have until May 6 2014 to enter the giveawayThis book is recommended for readers age 9This book was sent to me by the authorThis review was originally posted at The Children's War

  4. Renee Renee says:

    Odin’s Promise is a moving historical middle grade novel set in Norway shortly after Germany’s invasion in 1940 during World War II In a style reminiscent of Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars the author introduces us to Mari as she and her Norweigian elkhound Odin cross paths with German soldiers “escorting” her battered and bleeding Jewish neighbor out of the village We soon learn that the German’s occupation of Norway has created a culture of fear within the small village But underneath the proud Norweigian people engage in a uiet rebellion as neighbors and friends band together in helping each other survive this horrific time in our collective historyOdin’s Promise is a story of hope in the midst of fear and misery Odin the brave and loyal companion to Mari represents the strength and defiance of Mari her family and their community in the face of the ever present iron fist rule of the Nazi soldiers Of note Odin’s Promise is based on stories told to the author in her travels to Norway Aside from the obvious factual information regarding Germany’s invasion of Norway the author incorporates other real events into the story such as a wedding on Constitution Day in 1941 in defiance of Germany’s civil rule laws forbidding the celebration of Syttende Mai ie Norway’s Constitution Day; the hidden radios broadcasting news of the war; the bartering among neighbors and communities; and the sharing of information using codes The blending of fact and fiction results in a completely captivating book which taught me so much about the history of Germany’s occupation of Norway which I admittedly knew little of until nowMy daughter and I coincidentally read Number the Stars by Lois Lowry a few months ago for a school project Number the Stars was set in Denmark while Odin’s Promise is set in Norway Lois Lowry’s influence on the author Sandy Brehl is obvious as in both these books the author succeeds in creating a somber setting which we as adults realize was the stark reality for the people involved in World War II But importantly the themes of resilience and hope underlie both stories In both stories the German soldiers patrolling the community represent the evil shadow of the Third Reich and the young girl in each story is rightfully frightened; but the circumstances dictate that they must grow up and that is precisely what they doThe author did a great job of depicting the inner conflicts experienced by the Norweigians The characters struggled with decisions regarding whether the best decision for themselves their family their friends andor their community was to side with their captors or uietly resist and rebel at great risk to all I liked the inclusion of a German soldier who also struggled with the moral and ethical implications of his actions Novels such as Odin’s Promise and Number the Stars expose our children to these complex issues and open the discussion and debates as to what they would do if they were in those shoes – hopefully resulting in greater compassion and humanity It is difficult to share with our children just how vicious and heartless people have been and still can be but both these novels demonstrate how compassionate and resilient they can be as wellMy Bottom Line This book is brilliant and I can say without hesitation that it is one of the best middle grade books I have read thus far this year There are scenes in this book that will tear open your heart make you sick to your stomach and but will also leave you cheering for the compassion and courage of the people who resisted the Nazi occupation There is so much to love about this book with regards to the solid character development the historical value and perspective with regards to World War II history and a story that will have you alternating between weeping and cheering In short the writing is SUPERB and I LOVED it I cannot recommend this book highly enough for children aged 10 years and older This book should be in classrooms worldwide Did I say I loved it?

  5. Liza Wiemer Liza Wiemer says:

    ODIN'S PROMISE is a must for a MG schoolsreaders From the very first page I was swept up in this WWII story about an eleven year old Norwegian girl named Mari and her dog Odin and the invasion of Nazis into her village ODIN'S PROMISE is a riveting and beautiful story about courage sacrifice defiance family and love that will sweep readers up and transport them to Norway The scenes are vivid and realistic yet perfect for MGers Students will feel deeply for Mari and even though this novel is set during the Holocaust this tells a different side—what life was like for a Christian family with Jewish friends and how the Nazis treated the Norwegian people and the land they invaded This is an important story The acts of defiance the sense of pride and community by the Norwegians during WWII will open readers' eyes The descriptions of community faith and love are inspiringTold through Mari's eyes she experiences the terror of watching a Jewish neighbor being led away by Nazis the defiant acts of her family and also the loveprotection of her dog Odin I really want to see this in every MG school Teachers parents please pick this book upBrava Sandy Can't wait for your next one

  6. Sandy Brehl Sandy Brehl says:

    Full disclaimer I wrote this bookI haven't been able to find any other way to add it to my lists than to rate and review it so here it is Read and decide for yourselves I hope you enjoy it

  7. Shawnna Shawnna says:

    Thanks to the kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book All opinions are my own I really enjoyed this book This is the story of young Mari a girl living in Norway during WWII during the German occupation At the beginning of the story she is unaware that her family is involved in the resistance but as time progresses she is told and about what they and other Norwegians are doing to resist their occupiers I read uite a lot of historical fiction set in WWII and I love that this book looks at a different part of the world

  8. Kathryn Svendsen Kathryn Svendsen says:

    Odin's Promise is about an eleven year old girl Mari and her dog Odin in 1940 in newly occupied Norway The Germans had come and pretended to be friendly but rapidly placed and restrictions on them including things like not being able to wear their traditional dress for celebrations Food was heavily rationed radios were forbidden and it became difficult to know whom to trust Some Norwegians in order to get ration cards joined the NS and worked with the Germans but many formed the underground resistanceOdin's Promise was inspired by several actual events that took place during the war in Norway At the end of the book you'll find that information in the author's note as well as information on Syttende Mai Norway's Constitution Day There is also included a glossary of Norwegian and German words and a list of other books for middle grademiddle school readers about the same time and place in historyThe book was a fascinating account of the difficulties of life for a young person during wartime For those young people who have been fortunate enough never to have faced war this book may help them understand some of the deprivations that they would have to endure if our country were occupied by anotherI enjoyed the family relationships in Mari's family particularly the camaraderie she had with her brother Bjorne I also liked the close relationship that Mari had with Bestamor But the closest relationship that Mari had was with Odin and it was evident that the love between them went both ways Never reuiring a leash Odin always obeyed her commands breaking off his hunts at her call Odin was always there after school to walk her home They were constant companions since her eighth birthday when Mari's father had given her the Norwegian elkhoundOdin's Promise moves along at a good clip which should keep the interest of any reader There is plenty of suspense and danger and you'll probably need a tissue or two if you're emotional at allAlthough the target audience is for middle grade students I'm sure that many people that age or older will enjoy this book I certainly did I gave this book a rating of 5 stars out of 5Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review A positive opinion was not reuired All thoughts are my ownThis review was published on my blog Shelf Full of Books

  9. Ms. Yingling Ms. Yingling says:

    Mari and her dog Odin are suffering under the German occupation of Norway during WWII The food is wretched the schools are not even safe and horrible Nazi soldiers roam the town beating up old men and dogs Mari's much older brother and father are working with the Resistance and even her grandmother is trying to do her part to fight against the Nazis Mari even tries her hand at helping a little but when a tragedy occurs and she no longer has Odin she realizes how horrible the war isStrengths The research that went into this book is very evident and the characters are all well drawn and sympathetic at least the Norwegian ones The Norwegian Resistance was very clever and very interesting and there aren't a lot of books that cover it This would be a good introduction to the topic for middle grade readersWeaknesses There wasn't anything fresh in this for me The Nazis are portrayed very briefly as sympathetic but evil in the end which seemed reasonable but trite I had a good friend who fought in the Wehrmacht and he certainly didn't agree with Hitler there just wasn't much else he could do without being killed himself so I always hope that books that talk about the Nazis will address soldiers like my friend Reducing the soldiers to stereotypes and calling them the Scarecrow and Rat is just less interesting

  10. Erik This Kid Reviews Books Erik This Kid Reviews Books says:

    I loved this story I first read about the German occupation of Norway and the Norwegian resistance in Steve Sheinkin’s BOMB and I thought the subject was interesting I like World War II history and that time period in general so this book was something I really wanted to read While reading this book I learned even about the Norwegian resistance and the culturehistory of Norway Ms Brehl wrote a believable exciting story with characters you care for I like that she wrote a sub plot into the story to show that sometimes even the “enemy” is thrown into situations they can’t help being in or maybe don’t want to be in Mari is a great main character The reader can really understand how she feels throughout the story Ms Brehl includes a bibliography and glossary in the back section of the book which is very helpful I enjoyed the descriptions of the Norwegian setting I could picture the small streets and hillsides in my mind It is a good contrast when Ms Brehl describes the beautiful scenery and the harsh reality of the German occupation I liked learning about the rationing during this time and how the citizens bartered with and helped one and other I completely enjoyed this bookNOTE I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

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Odins Promise (Odins Promise, #1) ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Odins Promise (Odins Promise, #1) Author Sandy Brehl – Odin’s Promise is historical fiction for middle grade readers a novel depicting the first year of German occupation of Norway as seen through the eyes of a young girlEleven year old Mari grew up tuc Odin’s Promise is historical fiction for middle grade readers a novel depicting the first year of German occupation of Norway as seen through the eyes of a young girlEleven year old Mari grew up tucked safely under the wings of her parents grandma and her older siblings When Hitler’s troops invaded Norway under the guise of “occupying a friendly country” she is forced to grow beyond her “little girl” nickname and comfortable patterns to deal with harsh new realitiesAt her side for support and protection is Odin her faithful elkhoundAfter she witnesses a terrifying event on the mountainside truths are revealed the involvement of her family and friends in the resistance; the value of humor in surviving hard times; the hidden radio in her grandma’s cottageOdin not one for uiet resistance makes an enemy of soldiers who patrol the areaThe year will bring many challenges as Mari confronts danger develops her inner strength and voice and finds she is able to endure hardship and heartache.