Astrid the Unstoppable
author: Maria Parr
translator: Guy Puzey
Speed and self-confidence, thatís Astridís motto. Nicknamed ďthe little thunderbolt,Ē she loves to spend her days racing down the hillside on her sled, singing loudly as she goes, and visiting Gunnvald, her grumpy, septuagenarian best friend and godfather, who makes hot chocolate from real chocolate bars. She just wishes there were other children to share her hair-raising adventures. But Astridís world is about to be turned upside down by two startling arrivals to the village of Glimmerdal: first a new family, then a mysterious, towering woman whom everyone seems to know but Astrid. It turns out that Gunnvald has been keeping a big secret from his goddaughter, one that will test their friendship to its limits. Astrid is not too happy about some of these upheavals in Glimmerdalóbut, luckily, she has a plan to set things right. Now out in paperback and featuring an excerpt from Maria Parrís new book, Lena, the Sea, and Me.
ďAstrid is a bold, resilient, and emotive heroine . . . whose life will be completely irresistible.Ē óBulletin of the Center for Childrenís Books (starred review)