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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192789945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192789945
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Astrid Lindgren was born in 1907, and grew up at a farm called Näs in the south of Sweden. She began her writing career in 1944 after she won a children's book competition, with Pippi Longstocking published a year later.

She published more than one hundred books in her lifetime and is still the most popular children's author in Sweden. Her books have been translated into more than sixty languages, and she received numerous honours and awards.

Astrid Lindgren died in 2002.

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I adored Astrid Lindgren as a child (Francesca Simon, author of the 'Horrid Henry' books.)

I read the book both as a child and as an adult, and I feel it's one of the greatest books written for children (Amazon reviewer)

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An enchanting tale of friendship and adventure in a magical setting.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan. 1997
Format: Paperback
I was about eight when I first got this book as a Christmas present from my parents. The story tells of a young girl born into a band of robbers during 'a dark and stormy night.' The robbers, whose leader Ronia's father is, live in a castle that was split in half by lighting the night Ronia was born. The other half of the castle is inhabited by a rival group of robbers whose leader has a son the same age as Ronia. One summer Ronia meets Birk, her counterpart, in the woods, and the children start a secret friendship.

Filled with wholesome adventures in the woods, interesting creatures (none of them TOO scary), and a conflict of families that gets solved in the end, the book is a delight. This book remains one of my favorite books from childhood, one that I read many times and always looked forward to reading again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 1999
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I received this book when I was about 10 years old. I have now read it for my daughter who is 6. She absolutely loves it as well as other Astrid Lindgren stories. Since we are Swedish we have read almost everything by this fabulous author, but I believe Ronia is one of my daughters absolute favorites. I urge everyone who have enjoyed anything by Astrid Lindgren to browse through all her books. You will not be disappointed, regardless of age!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Dec. 2000
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A beautiful book. The familial relationships and questions of Ronia echo every inquisitive child, and the magic of the forest, along with its inhabitants will enthrall any active imagination. Thoroughly recommend this book for children of any age and adults who like to believe in trolls, gnomes, harpies and spirits.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov. 1998
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I am 11 years old and this is the best book I have ever read. Ronia is adventurous and willing to do to anything she puts her mind to. She is not afraid to go out in the woods and is able to take care of herself. The book made me feel like I was Ronia! After finishing the book, I almost wanted to read it again! I recommend this book to anyone!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Mar. 1998
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I read the book both as a child and as an adult, and I feel it's one of the greatest books written for children as well as adults. Both Ronia and Birk are great role models, and even with the emergence of other strong literary role models for girls, this is a must-read for girls (as well as female adults as there is little emphasis on gender-typing. The English translation by Patricia is very close to the original, and hence, offers a great reading experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 1999
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I read this book when I was in elementary school. I am now an adult, and have not read it since; however, I feel quite confident in giving it an excellent review. Somehow, I was surprised that the reading level is so low...despite the fact that I was so young when I read it, it still appeals to me, so I feel like it ought to be a grown-up book that my extremely mature ten-year-old self just happened to read. Regardless, it's a marvelous book which makes the reader want to live in the forest with the bands of thieves and be just like Ronia (or, for boys, her forbidden friend, whose name escapes me). A great read!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Aug. 1998
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I also read this book as a little girl and couldn't put it down. Ronia is exactly how I want my daughters to be someday: independent, fierce, adventurous, and willing to use moss as a pillow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flmfn on 29 Jun. 2013
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I won't go into details about how great and refreshing and amazing and heart-warming this book is. Many have done so here already. Astrid Lindgren has enchanted generations of children with stories that were way ahead of their time, featuring strong, independant child heroes and heroins. This book is no exception. I haven't bought my copy here as I'm Dutch and cherish my own (Dutch) copy that I've owned since the 80's when I first read it as a little girl. I, however, do highly recommend buying a copy for your daughter or son (or any family member under 12 :-), as this story hasn't lost any of it's appeal over time. It's amazing to think it was written so long ago. Like I said, Lindgren was way ahead of her time, especially with her feisty, strong female heroins like Pippi or Ronja. Still great role-models for young girls (though boys will enjoy the adventure just the same)!

I just wanted to let fans of the book know that there is a wonderful Swedish screen adaptation available, for which Lindgren herself wrote the screenplay (it was a mini series that was aired in 1983, and then that got cut down a year later to make a feature length film). Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to exist a copy with English subtitles. There is German dubbed version, a Polish and a Swedish one (I believe one of those is the original miniseries, which is slightly longer than the film made out of it, but not that much longer), both without English subs.

I would recommend the Swedish version (or watching the Polish one without the Polish subs), the story is easy enough to follow (especially if you've read the book). The two young Swedish child actors playing Ronja/Ronia and Birk both act very natural, as they both never had acted before.
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