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Norse Mythology Reads for Middle Schoolers

You may be a fan of the Avengers series and watching Thor fight to protect Earth. Or maybe you are a fan of Rick Riordan's newest series featuring Magnus Chase (also available as an audiobook). (PSST! The sequel, titled The Hammer of Thor, will release this October but you can add your name to the hold list today!) Regardless, there are other books featuring your favorite figures from Norse mythology. Pick one up or place a request to see other sides of Anglo-Saxon lore.

Frostborn by Lou Anders

Destined to take over his family farm in Norrørd, 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.

Loki's wolves by Kelley Armstrong

"Matt Thorsen is a direct descendent of the order-keeping god Thor, and his classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke are descendents of the trickster god Loki. When Ragnarok--the apocalypse--threatens, the human descendents of the gods must fight monsters to stop the end of the world."--.

The coming of the dragon by Rebecca Barnhouse

Rune, an orphaned young man raised among strangers, tries to save the kingdom from a dragon that is burning the countryside and, along the way, learns that he is a kinsman of Beowulf.

The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer

After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.

An unlucky twelve-year-old Norwegian boy named Odd leads the Norse gods Loki, Thor, and Odin in an attempt to outwit evil Frost Giants who have taken over Asgard.

Runemarks by Joanne Harris

Maddy Smith, who bears the mysterious mark of a rune on her hand, learns that she is destined to join the gods of Norse mythology and play a role in the fate of the world.

Winterfrost by Michelle Houts

Left in charge of her home and infant sibling when her parents are called away at Christmastime, Bettina disregards a family custom about leaving out rice pudding for the nisse, who make their magic known when the baby disappears.

Valkyrie by Kate O'Hearn

"Freya is a Valkyrie, a reaper of souls. But she hates what she must do. She doesn't like humans and the pain they inflict on each other, and she never wants to visit another battlefield. But when a soldier begs her to help his family back in the human realm, she agrees and discovers a world of friends. Now she'll have to find a way to keep her promise to the soldier and prevent the wrath of Odin from destroying the world"--.

Secrets of Valhalla by Jasmine Richards

When new friends, Buzz and Mary recognize a famous weatherwoman who is actually a Norse goddess, they embark on a journey to collect the Runes of Valhalla to awaken the day guardians before vengeful god Loki traps the Earth forever.

When eleven-year-old Pru and new boy ABE discover another world beneath their quiet town, where Viking gods lurk just out of sight, they must race to secure the Eye of Odin, source of all knowledge--and the key to stopping a war that could destroy both human and immortal realms.

A simplified and illustrated retelling of the exploits of the Anglo-Saxon warrior, Beowulf, and how he came to defeat the monster Grendel, Grendel's mother, and a dragon that threatened the kingdom..

Nonfiction

The much anticipated first book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series is about to be released and long-time fans of best-selling author Rick Riordan can't wait to follow the adventure of his newest hero--Magnus Chase. However, unlike Riordan's previous series that placed protagonist Percy Jackson in a magical world based on Greek mythology, these new thrillers follow Magnus' adventure in an entirely different world, one populated by Norse gods and monsters. Conceived and written specifically for young adult readers, this enjoyable and informative educational companion offers an in-depth look into the exciting stories and characters of Norse mythology. The ancient stories are retold like modern thrillers in this fast-paced and informative primer. .

"Classic stories and dazzling illustrations of gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters come to life in a stunning tableau of Norse myths, including those of the thunder god Thor, the one-eyed god and Allfather Odin, and the trickster god Loki. The lyrical storytelling of award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli dramatizes the timeless tales of ancient Scandinavia. This book is the third in the trilogy that includes the popular National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology and National Geographic Treasury of Egyptian Mythology."--.

Norse myths and legends by Anita Ganeri

Discusses Norse mythology and its origins, the structure of the mythological world, and the gods, goddesses, and heroes featured in legend.

Gods and goddesses of the ancient Norse by Leonard Everett Fisher

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