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Tonje Glimmerdal er einaste ungen i Glimmerdalen, og den tøffaste jentungen dalen har sett sidan dei vaksne tantene hennar herja på ski mellom fjella. Tonjes bestevenn er gamle Gunnvald, ein bisk felespelar på over sytti år, og dei to vennene kjenner kvarandre ut og inn. Eller gjer dei det? Ein dag då Gunnvald er på sjukehuset med broten lårhals, forstår Tonje at Gunnvald h Tonje Glimmerdal er einaste ungen i Glimmerdalen, og den tøffaste jentungen dalen har sett sidan dei vaksne tantene hennar herja på ski mellom fjella. Tonjes bestevenn er gamle Gunnvald, ein bisk felespelar på over sytti år, og dei to vennene kjenner kvarandre ut og inn. Eller gjer dei det? Ein dag då Gunnvald er på sjukehuset med broten lårhals, forstår Tonje at Gunnvald har ein stor løyndom han ikkje har røpt for bestevennen sin. Brått får Tonje mangt å rydde opp i, for her står det om lykka og felespel! Her er latter, drama, tårer og musikk, og romanen gir assosiasjonar til Johanna Spyris Heidi og ikkje minst Astrid Lindgrens univers. Maria Parrs debutbok, Vaffelhjarte, var ein suksess og er ute på sju språk. Tonje Glimmerdal er allereie seld til fleire land.


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Tonje Glimmerdal er einaste ungen i Glimmerdalen, og den tøffaste jentungen dalen har sett sidan dei vaksne tantene hennar herja på ski mellom fjella. Tonjes bestevenn er gamle Gunnvald, ein bisk felespelar på over sytti år, og dei to vennene kjenner kvarandre ut og inn. Eller gjer dei det? Ein dag då Gunnvald er på sjukehuset med broten lårhals, forstår Tonje at Gunnvald h Tonje Glimmerdal er einaste ungen i Glimmerdalen, og den tøffaste jentungen dalen har sett sidan dei vaksne tantene hennar herja på ski mellom fjella. Tonjes bestevenn er gamle Gunnvald, ein bisk felespelar på over sytti år, og dei to vennene kjenner kvarandre ut og inn. Eller gjer dei det? Ein dag då Gunnvald er på sjukehuset med broten lårhals, forstår Tonje at Gunnvald har ein stor løyndom han ikkje har røpt for bestevennen sin. Brått får Tonje mangt å rydde opp i, for her står det om lykka og felespel! Her er latter, drama, tårer og musikk, og romanen gir assosiasjonar til Johanna Spyris Heidi og ikkje minst Astrid Lindgrens univers. Maria Parrs debutbok, Vaffelhjarte, var ein suksess og er ute på sju språk. Tonje Glimmerdal er allereie seld til fleire land.

30 review for Tonje Glimmerdal (Audiobook)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marie the Librarian

    URGH THIS BOOK. IT HIT ME RIGHT IN THE FEELS. Such an enchanting book written in a very beautiful way that made me shed a tear once or twice. TONJE

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

    In this new middle grade novel by Norwegian author Maria Parr (Adventures with Waffles, 2015) Astrid is the only child living in her village of Glimmerdal, and as a result her best friend is an elderly man named Gunnvald. Astrid, who is known in her community as "the little thunderbolt" has very strong emotions as well as a tendency to be a bit of a daredevil which frequently gets her into trouble. Astrid has always wanted the excitement of newcomers in town, especially kids, but when some stran In this new middle grade novel by Norwegian author Maria Parr (Adventures with Waffles, 2015) Astrid is the only child living in her village of Glimmerdal, and as a result her best friend is an elderly man named Gunnvald. Astrid, who is known in her community as "the little thunderbolt" has very strong emotions as well as a tendency to be a bit of a daredevil which frequently gets her into trouble. Astrid has always wanted the excitement of newcomers in town, especially kids, but when some strangers do show up, she suddenly becomes wary of the changes they might bring. When she discovers that Gunnvald has been keeping a secret from her, she's not sure she will ever look at anything the same way again. When I saw this book compared to Pippi Longstocking, I was a bit wary because, as I've said, I find Pippi grating and exhausting. I need not have worried, however, because Astrid, though plucky and self-confident, is a much more believable child character than Pippi. Outlandish as her behavior can be, Astrid is very much of the real world and not someone who feels like she belongs in a tall tale. Astrid's emotional turmoil, in particular, is thoroughly believable, and it is easy to empathize with her situation as events unfold. The writing in this book is also top-notch. Descriptions of the characters and setting are vivid,and the author gives a clear picture of Glimmerdal and its inhabitants that makes the reader feel like a part of this fictional universe. Astrid's relationship to Gunnvald is unique and special and their friendship, though unlikely, makes perfect sense within the context of this novel. I enjoyed Adventures with Waffles, but this book is even better. Also, as an added bonus, it's a middle grade novel you can hand to an eight-, nine-, or ten-year-old without reservations. There aren't a lot of those around, so this is a rare gem for that reason as well. (Thank you, Candlewick Press, for the digital review copy via NetGalley!) This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Oh goodness me, this book is GLORIOUS. I've just finished it, and all I really want to do is rush around finding people I could read it to. It's like the best, warmest, most joyous hug, full of laughter and wisdom and yet it's also a long time since I read a book that made me cry so much. It's full of music and love and unspoken emotions that struggle to work themselves out, and also reassurance and hope and kindness. Yes, in some ways it's like a 21st century version of some of Astrid Lindgren' Oh goodness me, this book is GLORIOUS. I've just finished it, and all I really want to do is rush around finding people I could read it to. It's like the best, warmest, most joyous hug, full of laughter and wisdom and yet it's also a long time since I read a book that made me cry so much. It's full of music and love and unspoken emotions that struggle to work themselves out, and also reassurance and hope and kindness. Yes, in some ways it's like a 21st century version of some of Astrid Lindgren's work (not Pippi, but rather Lotta or Mardie or the families in the Noisy Village), with a similar celebration of childhood freedoms and thoughtful relationships between adults and children. Unpatronising, it is not afraid to tackle some big and difficult emotions but all done with so much love. Puzey's translation is a triumph - fresh and sparkling, light and lucid. Brilliant. Just Brilliant.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Literary Soirée

    “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 wi “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. #AstridTheUnstoppable #NetGalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Faith Hough

    When a review for Astrid the Unstoppable mentioned Anne of Green Gables and Pippi Longstocking in the same sentence, you'd better believe I snapped this up like a kid at Christmas. My final judgement: Astrid is far more Pippi than Anne. For the first half of the book, one wild romp leads to the next, and the emotional story takes a supporting role. But when that B Story hits...boy, does it hit. Maria Parr tackles some hefty emotional topics without losing the fun and whimsy of the first half. I h When a review for Astrid the Unstoppable mentioned Anne of Green Gables and Pippi Longstocking in the same sentence, you'd better believe I snapped this up like a kid at Christmas. My final judgement: Astrid is far more Pippi than Anne. For the first half of the book, one wild romp leads to the next, and the emotional story takes a supporting role. But when that B Story hits...boy, does it hit. Maria Parr tackles some hefty emotional topics without losing the fun and whimsy of the first half. I had to laugh at my own American-ness at reading this book in translation... Our overprotectiveness as parents has become so ingrained that it's automatic. But Astrid skis alone and goes reindeer hunting with her teenage aunts, and sleds from the top of mountain straight onto a ferry. I guess I'll have to trust in my children's own ingrained American-ness that they'll think twice before trying to imitate her. :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    DaNae

    This is everything I love in a book. So many tears, some of anger, grief, joy and full out mirth.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Love the setting and the characters in this book. Astrid is a feisty, opinionated, brave little girl whose best friend is 74 year old Gunnvald. Astrid is nicknamed the "little thunderbolt". But when she learns that Gunnvald has a daughter named Heidi that Astrid never knew about and that Gunnvald hasn't spoken to in years, she is angry and heartbroken and confused. Why didn't anyone ever tell her? Why hasn't Gunnvald talked to his daughter? What will happen when the very angry Heidi sells Gunnva Love the setting and the characters in this book. Astrid is a feisty, opinionated, brave little girl whose best friend is 74 year old Gunnvald. Astrid is nicknamed the "little thunderbolt". But when she learns that Gunnvald has a daughter named Heidi that Astrid never knew about and that Gunnvald hasn't spoken to in years, she is angry and heartbroken and confused. Why didn't anyone ever tell her? Why hasn't Gunnvald talked to his daughter? What will happen when the very angry Heidi sells Gunnvald's house and Gunnvald has nowhere to go? Can Astrid the unstoppable stop the unthinkable from happening? A wonderful mix of humor, grief, adventure, friendship, and trouble abound in this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Burkhart

    Translated from Norwegian, this children's chapter book is absolutely fabulous! Whether read aloud to a classroom, or read on one's own, it is easy to fall in love with the delightful and very lively Astrid right from the start. Her many adventures and love for the friends and family around her make her even more enduring. I won't say anymore, though there are many adventures to discover. One of the best chapter books for kids in the decade! I can't wait for more and more from Parr.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Hull

    This would be 3.5 stars if I could. The story follows a lively little Norwegian girl and her elderly best friend. Where Adventures with Waffles soared in humor and action and dug deep in human relationships, Astrid stays pretty shallow in both story arc and character development. Predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Blinking badgers! What a delightful book! Nine year old Astrid lives by her young aunties mantra - speed and self-confidence- in a small mountain village of Norway. This is what a childrens' book should be - a true child's perspective, children's adventures, fun language, and easily read in one sitting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I loved this story, this town, and the adventurous hero(ine) determined to heal her community. Wholesome and 'green' but not vegetarian... very Norwegian. I don't have words, just feels, though. Recommended especially for ages 7-10 and their families. I certainly would have loved it when I was a young girl.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    This humorous and moving book was translated into English from Norwegian. Similar to a Ramona the Pest book, but Astrid is 9 years old, and the book is longer than the typical Ramona book. Astrid, as the only child in her tiny mountain village, manages to turn the place upside down with her shenanigans. The story includes a surly wellness camp owner; her best friend, a senior citizen who is also her godfather; and a new family, with children, that comes to town. Everything Astrid does, she does This humorous and moving book was translated into English from Norwegian. Similar to a Ramona the Pest book, but Astrid is 9 years old, and the book is longer than the typical Ramona book. Astrid, as the only child in her tiny mountain village, manages to turn the place upside down with her shenanigans. The story includes a surly wellness camp owner; her best friend, a senior citizen who is also her godfather; and a new family, with children, that comes to town. Everything Astrid does, she does with a passion and at full-throttle. It was a very enjoyable read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alina Maria Ciobanu

    Lovely read for the beginning of the winter season.

  14. 5 out of 5

    OwlCrate Jr

    Absolutely wonderful.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy Owens

    One of the most delightful children’s books we’ve read. It was funny, sweet, sad and dealt with real life feelings, problems and consequences. A very hopeful book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chrishna

    This is excellent literature, and not just for children. A delightful read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dee Dee G

    This girl is a little firecracker! Cute book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joey T

    /3.5 stars/ Cute read. Took foreeeeveeeer for me to read this aloud to my family and I’m honestly glad we’re done

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was super cute. The grumpy godfather, the aunts, Astrid herself were all amazing. I think my favorite is the dad.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    So good! A Norwegian Pippi Longstocking, but with a surprisingly serious story. (Not depressing or issue-y or anything.) I like both aspects a lot, though I kind of wanted to stick with the crazy, quirky part. But I definitely want more of Astrid's adventures of any kind!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Did I like Astrid the Unstoppable? Yes! Would I recommend it to children, the target audience? Maybe not. Astrid the Unstoppable is heartfelt, witty, and overall an important read, but there's also mentions of drugs and animal death. Preteens should read this book, but anyone younger than that might not appreciate it as much or find it slightly inappropriate. Astrid the Unstoppable is a book originally written in Norwegian and almost t Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Did I like Astrid the Unstoppable? Yes! Would I recommend it to children, the target audience? Maybe not. Astrid the Unstoppable is heartfelt, witty, and overall an important read, but there's also mentions of drugs and animal death. Preteens should read this book, but anyone younger than that might not appreciate it as much or find it slightly inappropriate. Astrid the Unstoppable is a book originally written in Norwegian and almost ten years later translated into English. The translation was spot-on - it felt like the book was written in English in the first place. Some things may have been lost in translation, such as when Astrid sings "Old McDonald" while going down a ski slope (do they even have that song in Norway?), but I'm no expert on Scandinavian culture, so who knows. The main character, Astrid, is nine years old for most of the book... and actually acts her age. A lot of middle-grade books seem to have child protagonists that either act too old or too young, but Astrid is a realistic child character. Astrid is smart for her age, but also makes mistakes like any other kid. She is a good contrast for the more immature children in the book, including the new kid Ola and his brother, who are also equally likable. The message of Astrid the Unstoppable was super sweet - family is the most important thing in the world! Astrid's best friend, a seventy-something old man, finds his grown-up daughter after thirty years. Astrid helps mend the broken bonds between father and daughter, which makes for a very cute ending that I won't spoil, but I will say that it involves an unforgettable tenth birthday for Astrid and a few presents she'll never forget. I really liked this book because of the message and characters. Read Astrid the Unstoppable if you're mature enough for it, and you'll hopefully enjoy it as much as I did.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joel Reed

    Read aloud to the family. Very heartwarming. We all loved it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mrs.Pumpkin

    One of The best books I've ever read.It showed me that true home isn't a place but people that you live with.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Pratt

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this children’s chapter book. The main character, Astrid, reminded me of Pippy Longstocking. She was spunky and had lots of heart. This book would make a great read aloud.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ann Santori

    The cover alone would make me pick up the book, but man is this a prose embodiment of 'hygge.' Filled with beautiful descriptions and even more poignant emotions, Must read. I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I didn’t know anything about this book and it was a delight! I love that the book finishes in April on Easter Sunday with Astrid turning 10 years old and I’m about to turn 30 in April near Easter. I turned 1 and 12 on Easter. It makes me feel a kind of kinship with Astrid though she is far more gutsy than I ever was! What a character!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    MY CHILDHOOD

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tonia

    Astrid the Unstoppable is the Brage Prize for Children's Literature Award winner written by Norwegian author Maria Parr. The book grabs your attention quickly which is to be expected when the main character is described as the "thunderbolt of Glimmerdal" and has a belief that all you need in life are "speed and confidence." Astrid leads the reader on many adventures as she makes her way through life and relationships. The author creates a magical tale with the beautiful descriptions of Norway in Astrid the Unstoppable is the Brage Prize for Children's Literature Award winner written by Norwegian author Maria Parr. The book grabs your attention quickly which is to be expected when the main character is described as the "thunderbolt of Glimmerdal" and has a belief that all you need in life are "speed and confidence." Astrid leads the reader on many adventures as she makes her way through life and relationships. The author creates a magical tale with the beautiful descriptions of Norway in Winter. Even the wonder of the scenery is eclipsed by the story of the relationship between Astrid and her best friend, Gunnvald a 74-year-old man who is charmed out of his grumpy moments by 9-year-old Astrid. This book is perfect for all adventure lovers but especially those in grades 4-6.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Guro

    A lovely book with nuanced characters. The story always introduces just enough new elements to keep you invested. A great read for all ages. It captures the vibe of rural Norway perfectly.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gremrien

    This author is called "modern Astrid Lindgren," and rightly so. She is not so prolific as Astrid Lindgren (yet? she is very young -- of 1981 year of birth), but she is definitely similarly warm and sincere in her book. And she is Scandinavian, too. In particular, "Тоня Глиммердал" -- as recent as it is -- now is being included in all lists of the best children literature of all times and more and more people say, after reading it, that "this is one of my favorite children books now!" I would not This author is called "modern Astrid Lindgren," and rightly so. She is not so prolific as Astrid Lindgren (yet? she is very young -- of 1981 year of birth), but she is definitely similarly warm and sincere in her book. And she is Scandinavian, too. In particular, "Тоня Глиммердал" -- as recent as it is -- now is being included in all lists of the best children literature of all times and more and more people say, after reading it, that "this is one of my favorite children books now!" I would not say that this is one of my favorite children books, but it is really quite good and really reminds Astrid Lindgren a lot, first of all her "non-magic," "every-day" stories, such as "Мы — на острове Сальткрока" (and maybe with some careful addition of "Пеппи Длинныйчулок" or "Эмиль из Лённеберги"). I would encourage you to read this book in a paper form or at least in an electronic form with pictures included. This book is originally accompanied with a lot of very interesting illustrations -- and these illustrations became the main attraction to me. They are very simple, schematic, but somehow very elegant and intelligent. You just want to look at every little curl on them, because they are full of meaning and induce you "to unwind" them according to the narration. These curling and flowing pictures made the book especially lyrical and musical, beautifully combining with the piercing theme of violin. I would also note that the book is full of interesting and strong female characters -- Тоня herself, her aunts -- cheerful twin sisters тетя Идун and тетя Эйр (athlets, hunters, and just super-enthusiastic and joyful women), Тоня's mother (a scientist who spends most of her time in Greenland, while Тоня stays with her father in the village), talented and independent Хейди, and even the priest of the village is a woman -- пасторша Лив. So in some sense it's really a very modern children book.

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