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Thora: 1: Thora Paperback – Illustrated, 14 Apr 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (14 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340884142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340884140
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 858,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Johnson's writing is witty and inventive ... This is a book full of fun (Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week)

Thora is an irresistible new character ... storytelling at its best. (Starred review, Publishing News)

An attractively illustrated and uplifting story (TES)

Thora is a thoroughly modern heroine in a fantasy adventure story with a pleasantly old-fashioned feel to it ... Gillian Johnson's own illustrations add to the book's charm. (Books for Keeps)

Thora is an endearing character ... the author's own line drawings add to the appeal of a lively story, which should appeal to KS2 children. (The School Librarian)

A delightfully appealing character ... Johnson writes with wit and imagination ... A must for young mermaid enthusiasts who like funny stories! (Write Away website)

Full of ingenious touches (Magpies)

Wonderfully inventive and witty - the sort of book that gladdens the heart (Children's Bookseller and Publisher, Austra)

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Mermaids ahoy! - a gorgeous, off-beat, funny, exciting story that will enchant all who read it.

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Format: Paperback
By Jessie Shaw aged 7 & 11 months

The main character is Thora. I think it is a brilliant book because the author wrote the book in the way a child would. This is because it had spelling mistakes. The book wasn't just normal everyday things, Thora got up to adventures. I think it is not so normal because Thora is half mermaid because her mother is a mermaid. the book is quite funny because Thora gets muddled up on some words and her guardian doesn't even mind , he just helps her. I think other people would enjoy this book.
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Format: Paperback
It really makes me cross is that hardly anyone knows about this book - but it has everything, it's funny, imformative, moving, adventureous and anything else good you can think of. Thora manages to get round everything and everyone by being her normal sweet self - and thinking up a few tall tales on the way!!!

***** amazing.

By Isobel Fisher aged 10 years and 11 months.
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One of my daughter's favourite books and she reads a lot, an awful lot
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Wonderful story with great illustrations. My daughter loves this book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f044c24) out of 5 stars This is a great read for girls ages 8-11! 6 Jan. 2008
By E. Rudshteyn - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Thora: A Half-Mermaid Tale is a delightful combination of comedy, adventure, and fantasy. Thora hereself is a unique character who brings fun whenever she shows up. Gillian Johnson slipped in many fun, witty lines that add humor to the book. There is a whole menagerie of delightful characters. Also, the comedy/fantasy turns into a mystery/adventure when Thora, with the help of her new friends, must rescue her mother. Overall, an excellent read for fans of authors such as Gail Carson Levine, and Roald Dahl! Enjoy!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea3e858) out of 5 stars A Fantastic Fantasy Book 25 April 2006
By S. Page - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My daugher is [...] and we came upon this book at a yard sale. She read it right away- we couldn't tear her away from it. This is definately the best book about a mermaid for her age group (8-10?). (She is a pretty good reader, so some people may want to wait a bit since it is recommended for 9 year olds).

My daughter believes in mermaids and the magic of knowing or becoming one, so this was the perfect book for her. She loved the plot and giggled at the whimsical humor that runs throughout the story. She insisted on showing us all the cute and funny pictures. It is now her FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME (and she has read a lot of books). She shared her book with other girls in their bookclub- and they all loved it too. Our only problem was that we couldn't find it for a while. Now that we know it is here at Amazon, we will tell all our friends. I am looking forward to giving her the sequel for her birthday.

Thank you Gillian Johnson for writing such a wonderful book!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f0a94d4) out of 5 stars Babies out of wedlock for 8-10 year olds?! 20 Oct. 2010
By Purple Strawberry - Published on
We liked the idea of this book. The writing is only fair, as Thora's personality is introduced in kind of an awkward, bumpy way. She's very in-your-face very suddenly. We get that she's kind of like Pippi. We liked for a while the fact that she seems to be an energetic, curious homeschooled kid but then again her constant misuse of vocabulary may not be a great depiction of homeschoolers.

But the worst part came while reading this book aloud to an 8 yo I was stopped in my tracks on pages 112 which says that "The Sisters had boyfriends, although never anything very serious. They always intended to get married but somehow never got around to it." and on page 113 where we learn that "It was Dottie's announcement that she was going to have a baby that changed everything. While the unexpected news was received by the sisters with surprising calm, the people of Grimli were a little less accepting." For God's sake do we need to be reading books to 8-10 year olds with story lines based on sex-and-babies-out-of-wedlock? Very, very off-putting.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb042ac) out of 5 stars Happy 8 Year Old 24 Jun. 2008
By theboarpig - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Bought THORA for my 8 year old daughter last week because she is a big fan of EMILY WINDSNAP. It arrived on a rainy afternoon--perfect time. My daughter didn't stop reading until she was done. We had to go to the book store the next day and buy the others in the series (our library doesn't carry them).
HASH(0x9eafe1a4) out of 5 stars Great for younger mermaid fans 14 Jan. 2009
By L. Johnson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My 6 yo daughter wanted to read the Emily Windsap (?) series, and so i purchased them and read them in advance - so glad i did because i found them full of middle school angst (cliquey girls, 'whose your best friend') and so was delighted to find the Thora books - just reading the first one, but it is much lighter and age appropriate for my young mermaid lover.
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