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The Boy with the Bronze Axe (Kelpies) [Paperback]

Kathleen Fidler
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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24 Feb 2005 Kelpies
Kathleen Fidler's classic story is set in the ancient Stone Age village of Skara Brae on Orkney, now a major tourist attraction. This is a fascinating and vividly portrayed story of life nearly 3,000 years ago. Kali and Brockan are in trouble. They have been using their stone axes to chip limpets off the rocks, but they've gone too far out and find themselves trapped by the tides. Then, an unexpected rescuer appears, a strange boy in a strange boat, carrying a strangely sharp axe of a type they have never seen before. Conflict arises as the village of Skara must decide what to do with the new ideas and practices that the boy brings. As a deadly storm threatens, the very survival of the village is in doubt. The daily life, landscape and rituals of Skara have been meticulously researched, and are brought to life in striking, compelling detail.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books; 3rd Revised edition edition (24 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863154883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863154881
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is a fascinating story about a stone-age village on Orkney and their struggle to deal with new technology and ways of thinking. An ideal read for history fans.' -- Fiona Petrie, Waterstone's Guide to Children's Books '10 to 14-year-olds will get excited about The Boy With the Bronze Axe, set in prehistoric times.' -- Greenock Telegraph, June 2005 'A brilliant story.' -- Jack, age 8, Education Otherwise 'A classic children's tale -- a new generation of readers will enjoy this story.' -- The Scots Magazine, June 2005 'I work at Skara Brae here in Orkney and my most frequently asked question is "Do you have The Boy with the Bronze Axe?"' -- Diana Potter, Skara Brae 'I lived 45 minutes from Skara Brae and read this book as a kid. It's a book that conjures up so many different emotions for a young reader. Four stars.' -- reader review 'I read this book at the age of 10. It was my first novel about prehistoric times and lead me to buying many more as I got older. Great for children with an interest in archaeology or history. Five stars.' -- reader review 'Excellent details of prehistoric life are presented. Honor, gratitude and hatred combine to create an interesting read for middle-school students.' -- reader review

About the Author

Kathleen Fidler (1899-1980) was the author of over eighty books for children, many of which were broadcast on BBC Radio Children's Hour and Schools programmes. She had a long-standing affection for Scotland, and was inspired to write The Boy With the Bronze Axe after a visit to Skara Brae on Orkney. The Fidler Award stood as a memorial to her deep interest in children and writers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Children's Historical 'Faction" 30 Oct 2009
A novel for young people (bought for my eight year old), located at Skara Brae neolithic village on the Orkney Islands. Beautifully written (I read it myself...) and despite the original publication date, the language used does not sound 'dated' to modern youngsters, unlike some popular books of the same era. Recommended.
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This is a simple story told in easy to understand language.
The story, based in Orkney, is about a mysterious youth -who bears a bronze axe - arriving from over the sea to a stone age village and the friends and enemies he makes.
Beset by a series of challenges, adventures and jealous rivals it tells of how he deals with each set of circumstances to eventually become the saviour of the clan.
It is a happy story with lessons most 10yr olds (and over!) will benefit from being exposed to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bronze Age Boy 24 Feb 2014
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A thoroughly good read. I recommend this book for all children interested in the past. We bought it because we were visiting the Orkney Islands
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