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The Boy with the Bronze Axe (Kelpies) Paperback – 24 Feb 2005
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'This is a fascinating story... 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 'A great story and an enjoyable way to find out more about a period of history.' -- Juno magazine '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.' -- amazon.com 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.' -- amazon.com reader review 'Excellent details of prehistoric life are presented. Honor, gratitude and hatred combine to create an interesting read for middle-school students.' -- amazon.com 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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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.
I would recommend this to people 11 and over. This is an amazing book. And I loved it. It is quite hard to read but is very moving and doesn't let you put it down!! I went with my family to Orkney and it is amazing to read all the names of the places we went to in the book! It really makes the history come alive!!
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