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Odin's Promise - A Novel of Norway (Middle-Grade Historical Fiction)

Odin's Promise: A Novel of Norway . . . is a great read for fans of WWII fiction, dog stories, and all things Norwegian!



“Love of dog, love of family, and love of country . . . beautifully written, emotionally taut novel of one girl’s coming of age during war time.” – Gayle Rosengren, author of What the Moon Said


Odin’s Promise is a historical novel for middle-grade readers. When German troops invade Norway in Spring 1940 in the early days of World War II, eleven-year-old Mari is forced to grow beyond her “little girl” nickname to deal with harsh new realities in her small village in western Norway.


At her side is Odin, her faithful Norwegian elkhound. Odin, not one for quiet resistance, quickly makes an enemy of soldiers who patrol the area. Mari, her family, and neighbors are soon drawn into the underground resistance movement, as young and old find a way to oppose the occupying forces and show their love for their native land.


Odin’s Promise is a wonderful story, especially for Norwegian Americans and other European-Americans whose ancestors were involved in resistance movements in World War II, and for all who enjoy reading stories about World War II history.


Author Sandy Brehl is a teacher and an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. She lives in Muskego, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee.