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The Lost Gods (Sleeping Army 2) [Hardcover]

Francesca Simon
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5 Sep 2013 Sleeping Army 2

In The Sleeping Army, Freya went to Hel and back. She fought dragons, fled fire and outwitted giants - all to restore eternal youth to the Norse Gods. But now they're back, does anyone care?

Up in Asgard, it doesn't really feel like it. The Gods' popularity on earth is waning, and without regular worship, their powers are fading fast. Meanwhile, their ancient enemies, the Frost Giants, are stirring. So the Gods hatch a plan - they'll come back down to earth, and they'll pursue a very different kind of popularity. They're going to become celebrities. A rollicking, thrilling and hilarious ride, The Lost Gods takes up where the Sleeping Army left off and takes us back to Simon's brilliantly-imagined modern Norse England.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (5 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846685656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846685651
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Francesca Simon was born in the United States and attended both Yale and Oxford universities. For ten years she worked as a freelance journalist. She now writes full-time and has had many books published including the best-selling Horrid Henry series and many picture books. Francesca is constantly in demand at bookshops, schools and book festivals all over the country where she talks to children about her books. She lives in North London with her family.

Horrid Henry books and audio have sold over 15 million copies in the UK alone and CITV have made a hugely popular cartoon series based on the nation's favourite naughty boy. 2008 saw a Horrid Henry exhibition at Seven Stories, Newcastle called Up To Mischief With Horrid Henry.

Horrid Henry Robs the Bank was shortlisted for the Children's Book of the Year award at the 2009 British Book Awards, the third consecutive year of nomination, following a win in 2008.

Francesca Simon is the third most borrowed children's author from UK libraries and Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend was the most borrowed children's title in 2009!

Francesca Simon on Francesca Simon:

"I've always seen my Horrid Henry books as westerns for kids. Henry is an outlaw, who behaves dreadfully, yet often triumphs. Just as adults like reading about people on the edge, so kids get a thrill from a child who always acts on impulse and never worries about the consequences.

I got the idea for the books when a friend asked me to write a book about a horrid child. Horrid Henry was born on the spot. I immediately saw a truculent little boy, the despair of his well-meaning liberal parents. I was also interested in exploring sibling rivalry, which I know something about as the eldest of four, and families where the parents decide that one child is 'good' and the other 'bad', which is how Perfect Peter came about. Soon Henry took on a vigorous life of his own, aided by the bossy madam next door Moody Margaret, who is an amalgam of myself and how I imagine Margaret Thatcher might have been as a child.

I started writing children's books in 1989 after the birth of my son, Josh. Suddenly all I was reading was books for children, and I started, to my surprise, to get ideas. One day we'd been reading lots of animal noises books, and he asked me what noise a caterpillar made. I thought 'wouldn't it be great to do an animal noise voice of all the unusual animals kids see in books?' That became my first book - But What Does the Hippopotamus say?"

Here are the Horrid Henry books in order of publication:

Horrid Henry
Horrid Henry and the Secret Club
Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy
Horrid Henry's Nits
Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick
Horrid Henry's Haunted House
Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse
Horrid Henry's Revenge
Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter
Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb
Horrid Henry's Underpants
Horrid Henry Meets the Queen
Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine
Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend
Horrid Henry's Christmas Cracker
Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman
Horrid Henry Robs the Bank
Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead
Horrid Henry Rocks (coming Sept 10)

Here are the joke books:

Horrid Henry's Joke Book
Horrid Henry's Jolly Joke Book
Horrid Henry's Mighty Joke Book
Horrid Henry Versus Moody Margaret
Horrid Henry's Hilariously Horrid Joke Book
Moody Margaret Strikes Back

The Early Reader Books:

Don't Be Horrid Henry
Horrid Henry's Birthday Party
Horrid Henry's Holiday
Horrid Henry's Underpants
Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick
Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend
Horrid Henry's Nits
Horrid Henry and Moody Margaret

Colour Books:

Horrid Henry's Big Bad Book
Horrid Henry's Wicked Ways
Horrid Henry's Evil Enemies
Horrid Henry Rules the World
Horrid Henry's House of Horrors
Horrid Henry's Dreadful Deeds
Horrid Henry Shows Who's Boss (coming 7th October 2010)

Book & DVD packs

Horrid Henry tricks the tooth fairy
Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine

Activity Books:

Horrid Henry's Brainbusters
Horrid Henry's Headscratchers
Horrid Henry's Mindbenders
Horrid Henry's Colouring Book
Horrid Henry's Puzzle Book
Horrid Henry's Sticker Book
Horrid Henry's Mad Mazes
Horrid Henry's Wicked Wordsearches
Horrid Henry's Classroom Chaos
Horrid Henry's Holiday Havoc
Horrid Henry Runs Riot
Horrid Henry's Bumper Fun
Horrid Henry's Crazy Crosswords

Gift Packs:

Horrid Henry's Football Kit
Horrid Henry's Horrid Holidays
Horrid Henry's Christmas Present

Coming soon...

Horrid Henry's Annual 2011 - 5th August 2010
How to survive Christmas Chaos with Horrid Henry - 4th November 2010
Horrid Henry's Utterly Wicked Factbook: Bodies - F
eb 2011

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Review

Praise for The Sleeping Army:

'A terrific journey through the world of the Norse myths, a harsh northern landscape sparkling with magic ... plenty of humour ... I take my horned helmet off to her

(Guardian)

It's fantastic ... a snappy, engaging story with good laughs along the way.' (Independent on Sunday)

Guaranteed to bring gales of laughter to 9+. (The Times)

This is Francesca Simon's best book. (Amanda Craig The Times)

A second hilarious story. (Julia Eccleshare LoveReading4Kids)

You have to read it: it's fast moving, it's funny, it's silly and it's scary: what's not to like? (The Bookbag)

Book Description

New instalment in the second 8-11 year series from the mega-bestselling author of Horrid Henry, on the theme of Norse mythology

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious satire on celebrity culture 21 Oct 2013
By A. Craig HALL OF FAME
Format:Hardcover
The sequel to The Sleeping Army, The Lost Gods is even better than its predecessor. Freya is back home in a London just like ours - except that the prevailing religion is Wodenism, which changes all kinds of things from school to religious worship. She wants to be an ordinary schoolgirl, but then Woden, Thor and Freyja turn up on her doorstep. The Frost Giants have awakened and are already creating havoc with the weather here on Midgard. They behave as oafishly as ever, expecting everyone to tremble and obey, and ruining Freya's parents# home...only nobody worships them any more. How can they regain their powers? Why, by winning a version of The X Factor! It should be a simple matter for the Goddess of Love and Beauty, Woden and Thor, shouldn't it? Especially once a PR supremo has got involved.

The jokes are plentiful, but adults will relish reading this as much as children. Freyja's vanity (she's told she needs to lose some weight) is an especially pointed topic, and when she makes the fuller figure fashionable Simon is on top form. I enjoyed seeing our heroine's boring, stuffy mother become a teenager again. The illustrations are good, but the cover a bit too brash in my view.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Gods 14 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover
Having been to Hel and back in The Sleeping Army, Freya was hoping to slip quietly back into her old life. Unfortunately for her, the Norse Gods have other plans for their closest human acquaintance. Woden, Thor and Freyja (assisted/babied once again by Roskva, Alfi and Snot the Berserk) have arrived in Midgard (or Earth as it is more popularly known) in a desperate state and they need Freya's help in securing a great quantity and quality of worshippers. Much to the chagrin of the Gods, belief in them has been waning steadying over the years so that they are now severely lacking genuine worshippers and thus their powers are greatly depleted. If the Gods aren't able to regain their powers then they will be no match for the rampaging army of Frost Giants that is threatening Asgard, Midgard and the rest of the universe.

The Lost Gods is an excellent follow-up to The Sleeping Army; it's very different from Francesca Simon's Horrid Henry books (and so perhaps better suited to slightly older children/more confident readers) but still manages to be very funny. Freya is a great though reluctant heroine and manages to be commendably patient in the face of deadly danger and grumpy Gods. There's plenty of excitement as well as laughs involved in the Gods' attempts to secure worshippers and in Freya's attempts to keep them out of trouble in the modern world. The banter between Woden, Thor and Freyja is very amusing despite the fact that they all manage to be supremely irritating at times throughout the book. The Lost Gods is a thrilling, funny story and (similarly to Rick Riordan's use of Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology) Francesca Simon makes great, entertaining use of Norse mythology.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Thought Experiement 9 July 2014
Format:Paperback
As a response to Wulf V:

I recently went to a talk by the author, where she specifically mentioned the inconsistency of names. She mixed up the Anglo-Saxon and Norse names on purpose. After all, had the alternate history in the book take place as described, there would be no reason that the names from either culture would have taken precedence.

I think it's a little unfair to judge this book on its subject matter in this way. Surely, if anything, it introduces Wodenism to a new audience? As a Christian, I am not at all offended that she has reduced my beliefs to the museum exhibit of a 'dead cult'. The books is very clearly presenting a thought experiment, rather than attacking any particular religion. Other that the Cult of Celebrity, of course.

The fact that the Gods return to London is a joke. The Norse Rainbow Bridge and the famously wobbly Millennium Bridge, was, according to Simon, 'too good a connection to miss'. She clearly sets Copenhagen as the centre of Wodenism, not London, much as Rome is the centre of Catholicism today.

In short, I approve of any book which makes kids think about The Big Things.
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3 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Suitable Subject for a Novel 15 Sep 2013
By Wulf V
Format:Hardcover
What authors like Francesca Simon fail to understand is that Wodenism is a living and growing religion in England. It is the original and natural religion of the ethnic English people. The Gods of the English are in many[but not all] cases the same deities honoured by the other modern day descendants of the pre-xtian Germanic peoples, whether they be of English, German, Dutch or Scandinavian descent.
Making fun of our deities in a novel dishonours our Gods and causes offense to those of us who follow the ancestral Gods.
I would ask therefore that all potential purchasers of this book take that into account.
On a different note I would recommend that if anyone were to author a book about our Gods to at least be consistent with the names of our deities and not mix Anglo-Saxon and Norse names! I notice from browsing the book via Amazon book search facility that whilst Woden is referred to by his correct English name, Thunor is called by his Norse name Thor. Likewise Tiw is referred to as Tyr.
Lastly I would like to point out that as London is no longer a city inhabited by a majority ethnically English population it would be the last place in England that the Gods would choose to "return" to. They are ANCESTRAL Gods after all! Unlike the middle-eastern god our Gods do not consider themselves to be universal or require the whole world to worship them. They exist in the DNA of their people, their folc.
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