Astrid the Unstoppable

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Like a beautifully crafted fairy tale, Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr will transport you to a hidden mountain town where anything can happen!  9-year-old Astrid is a spirited child that lives on the snowy hills of Glimmerdal.  In fact, Astrid is the only child that lives in Glimmerdal.  Her best friend is her 70-something year old godfather, Gunnvald, and Astrid wouldn’t have it any other way.   Told in 3rd person, we follow Astrid as she drives the owner of Hagen’s Wellness Retreat crazy, befriends some kids vacationing in Glimmerdal, and discovers a huge secret about Gunnvald; a secret that could damage their friendship forever.  Quoted as a cross between Pippi Longstocking and Heidi, middle grade readers will love adventuring with Astrid!

The best part of this book is the friendship that Astrid has with old Gunnvald.  They are both fiery and stubborn, but love each other like family.  Like true best friends, they indulge in each other’s crazy ideas and comfort each other in times of need. 

I would recommend this book to kids ages 7 – 12 or 2rd graders with a high reading level (because of some difficult Norwegian names & words) up to 6th graders.  I would also recommend this book to parents to read aloud to their children of any age! It is such an enjoyable book!

Thank you to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for this E-ARC
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Fans of Pippi Longstocking are going to love this story. I wasn't a fan, but liked the idea. Not a bad story, overall, rambunctious little girl getting up to all sorts of things, but with no kids her age. Lovely story of family and friendship in a tiny town. I think the author is one to watch as she has written an  intelligent and wonderful story! I think is children like this one, Pippi may find new fans as well!
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ARC Copy...I very much akin the narrative to Pipi Longstocking crossed with Heidi as it involved a very  much unstoppable red head girl who cares for who love ones, is a fireball of energy and set in a snowy mountain community which is bonded together.
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This was a fun book to read about a girl with a BIG personality. I thought that the author did a great job creating a character who grew throughout the plot of the story - Astrid assumes that everything will always be the way it is, and she is happy with that. However, changes are coming to her village and some of them are ones that maybe she can't fix the way she thinks they should be fixed. 

Young readers will find Astrid to be someone that they can relate to - much like other children her age, she is faced with challenges around what she thought she knew and what the bigger picture actually is. Those that she looks up to might not be as perfect as she thought and sometimes changes can be a really good thing. This book looks at friendships, how they change and grow, and at the center of it all is a vivacious, likable character just trying to find her place as things change around her. I found this book to be a fun, enjoyable read that had several unexpected twists and turns - and an enjoyable conclusion.
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“Astrid the Unstoppable” by Maria Parr is a delightful tale about “the little thunderbolt” Astrid, who loves to speed down hillsides on her sled, sing as loudly as possible, and visit her septuagenarian godfather, who makes her hot chocolate from real chocolate bars. Described as Pippi Longstocking meets Heidi meets Anne Shirley, Astrid is a character you will fall in love with as you follow the exploits of this spirited Norwegian mountain girl who navigates village life and unexpected change with charm and warmth. Highly recommended! 

This is the author’s second novel, which won the prestigious Brage Prize for best children's book and the Norwegian Critics' Prize. It has been sold to 19 countries and made into a theatrical production. The author lives in Norway.

Pub Date 13 Nov 2018

Thanks to Candlewick Press and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine.

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"The Little Thunderbolt", as she's nicknamed, Astrid is a 9-year-old girl who lives in the town of Glimmerdal, Norway, with her farmer father and her marine scientist mother, who's often away on research adventures. She spends most of her days with her best friend, Gunnvald, who also happens to be her 70-something year-old godfather; she also spends quite a bit of time aggravating the mean old Mr. Hagen, who runs a resort - ADULTS ONLY! - nearby, but Astrid can't be bothered to be upset when he yells at her: she's got too much living to do! She's a fun, spunky, free spirit, until Gunnvald has a terrible fall that lands him in the hospital. Secrets are revealed that send Astrid into a tizzy, but not for long: she relies on her new friends to help her set things right.

Astrid the Unstoppable is like the books I read when I was a kid. Classics like Heidi (a book which also plays a part in Astrid), Pippi Longstocking, and Caddie Woodlawn, all seem to have inspired Maria Parr and her beloved Astrid. She's smart, yet not afraid to be vulnerable; she's got a wonderfully upbeat personality and view of the world, and she's not afraid to speak her mind, whether it's to another child, or an adult who's behaving badly. She's got great relationships with most of the adults in the book, and even the ones she doesn't see eye-to-eye with can't stay too mad at her. She's got an infectious personality, in all the best ways.

Astrid the Unstoppable is kidlit done right, and Astrid herself will be a character kids will be reading about in school and on reading lists for years to come. Make sure to add this one to your to-buy lists, and talk up our classic female characters, too: don't let anyone be left out! Perfect for your more sensitive readers. The book has been translated into 19 languages and adapted for the stage (so why not look into some reader's theatre with your copies?)
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