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What We’re Reading: Odd and the Frost Giants

Post by Alina Gerall
Posted August 19, 2013 in NoveList Bookshelf, NoveList Plus

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Odd and the Frost Giants

by Neil Gaiman

"The eagle hit the patch of colored light on the white snow without slowing, as if it was diving into a pool of liquid water. The puddle of color splashed... and opened."

Odd is a quiet boy with a limp who lives in a Viking village. When Odd realizes that winter hasn't ended for some time, he packs a bag and journeys through the forest in search of answers. Along the way he meets a fox, a bear, and an eagle --  the gods Loki, Thor, and Odin who had been transformed by a vengeful Frost Giant. When Odd helps the gods find their way back to Asgard and their original forms, he discovers that the powerful but petulant Frost Giant is responsible for the perpetual winter. Rather than violence or outright trickery, Odd uses reason and a bit of wit to convince the Frost Giant to return home. 

With summer heat still at full blast here, I found myself wishing for a cool read to beat back the muggy days, and what better than Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants? Packed with descriptions of icy caverns and softly fluttering snow, this magical tale blends folklore, mythology, and lighthearted humor. As always, Gaiman's writing doesn't disappoint, delicately balancing familiar myth with witty storytelling. Like Odd, I'm ready for the next adventure. 

-- Alina Gerall, Associate Juvenile Bibliographer