The debut title in a new series featuring unseen realms, Norse mythology, and a pair of most unlikely heroes. "What is the Unbelievable FIB?" That's the question 11-year-old Prudence Potts discovers on a baffling card no one else in Middleton--except Abe, a new kid with a knack for solving riddles--seems to see.
Then a mysterious man asks for ABE and Pru's help investigating mythical beings infiltrating the town, and that's just one of the things Pru finds hard to believe. Soon Pru and ABE discover another world beneath the surface of their quiet town, where Viking gods lurk just out of sight. They must race to secure the Eye of Odin, source of all knowledge - and the key to stopping a war that could destroy both human and immortal realms.
Author Adam Shaughnessy draws from classic lore to create a new world where uncertainty opens the door to magic and the last thing you should do is believe your own eyes. Fans of Rick Riordan and Diana Wynne Jones will delight in the charming characters, abundant puzzles and plot twists, and sly humor of this first novel in a new series.
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An engaging tale for me and my kids
My 4th grader and kindergartener are listening to this with me on the way to school in the mornings. There are enough mysteries and twists that we enjoy having discussions about what we think will happen next. (we haven't quite finished it yet) I like that it has a lot of familiar mythological elements, but it is really not a predictable story. At least not in a bad way. Right now the three of us are trying to decide who Loki is disguised as in the story. There are certainly some characters we are suspicious about.
I'd hate to spoil the story....but my most memorable moment is when Pru meets someone who's locked up in the police station.
I didn't immediately love the narration. She made ABE (the boy) sound more high pitched than Prudence. But it turns out that is exactly how the author intended it to be.
The narrator does indeed have a range of voices, and does a good job giving voices to the men in the story without sounding like she is just talking in a really low tone.
The Eye of Odin Conspiracy
If you have young readers at home, get this book for them. I just purchased the second one, and I hope the author writes more.