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Heroes of the Valley (Heroes of the Valley)

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ISBN13: 9781423109679
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Halli Sveinsson has grown up in the House of Svein, hearing the legends of the heroes as all his forefathers did.  Theirs is a peaceful society where the violence of the past has been outlawed and disputes are settled by the Council. 

 

But young Halli has never quite seemed to fit in with the others. For starters, he is neither handsome nor tall, like his siblings.  He's stumpy and swarthy, with a quick mind and aptitude for getting in trouble. Bored with the everyday chores and shepherding, he can't help himself from playing practical jokes on everyone, from Eyjolf the old servant, to his brother and sister.  But when he plays a trick on Ragnar of the House of Hakonsson, he goes too far, setting in motion a chain of events that will forever alter his destiny.  Because of it, Halli will have to leave home and go on a hero's quest.  Along the way, he will encounter highway  robbers, terrifying monsters, and a girl who may be as fearless as he is.  In the end, he will discover the truth about the legends, his family, and himself.

 

Jonathan Stroud's stunning novel is a funny and epic saga, as well as a surprising look at the real meaning of heroism. 

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From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of the Bartimaeus Trilogy comes an epic new adventure--a hero's saga as well as a surprising look at what bravery really means.

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Halli Sveinsson is stumpy and swarthy, with a quick mind and an aptitude for getting in trouble. Bored with everyday chores and shepherding, he enjoys playing practical jokes. When he plays a trick on Ragnar of the House of Hakonsson, he sets in motion a chain of events that will forever alter his destiny. He is forced to leave home and go on a hero's quest complete with highway robbers, terrifying monsters, and a girl who may be as fearless as he is. Along the way he will discover the truth about the legends, his family, and himself.

About the Author

Jonathan Stroud (www.jonathanstroud.com) is the author of the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy, as well as The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England.

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Susan Benson, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by Susan Benson)
Jonathan Stroud keeps his endearing humor and good storytellling alive and strong in Heroes of the Valley. In this stand-alone novel, instead of fighting among demons, tricksters, and magicians as in the Bartimaeus Trilogy, Stroud has traveled back to a mythic norse world, where legends of the heroes of the past drive the daily tasks of the people who inhabit the ancient valley. The protagonist, fourteen year old Halli Sveinsson, is an unlikely hero because of his small stature, unattractive deamour, and an unorthodox attitude towards family duties. Despite these perceived shortcomings, Halli never tires of listening to the legends about the great Svein, who was the founder of the House of Svein. Halli longs for greatness and to prove his manhood in a heroic way. Therefore, it is no surprise when the leaders of the House of Hakson murder a beloved relative of Halli, that Halli seeks revenge. What begins as an adventure becomes a life and death journey. In this way, Halli reminds me of Bilbo Baggins of Hobbit lore. They are both unlikely heroes who prove their powers. Along his journey, Halli obtains magic objects and makes contacts that later will prove important when he must face his formidable opponents. Along with great battles, monsters, and trickery, Stroud also gives us plenty of the humor and jokes found in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. Heroes of the Valley is an exceptional read for all ages.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781423109679
Author:
Stroud, Jonathan
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Subject:
General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Edition Description:
Quality
Series:
Heroes of the Valley
Publication Date:
20100706
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 6
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 4 oz
Age Level:
from 10 to 11

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"Synopsis" by , From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of the Bartimaeus Trilogy comes an epic new adventure--a hero's saga as well as a surprising look at what bravery really means.
"Synopsis" by , Halli Sveinsson is stumpy and swarthy, with a quick mind and an aptitude for getting in trouble. Bored with everyday chores and shepherding, he enjoys playing practical jokes. When he plays a trick on Ragnar of the House of Hakonsson, he sets in motion a chain of events that will forever alter his destiny. He is forced to leave home and go on a hero's quest complete with highway robbers, terrifying monsters, and a girl who may be as fearless as he is. Along the way he will discover the truth about the legends, his family, and himself.
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