They Came on Viking Ships by Jackie French
About the book:
Can enemy warriors become your friends? A story of adventure in a new land.
When Vikings raid and destroy a small coastal village, Hekja and her dog, Snarf, are captured and taken to Greenland.
In this harsh and cold land, Hekja becomes a thrall – a slave – to Freydis Eriksdottir, daughter of the infamous Erik the Red. Hekja’s fiery determination earns her the respect of her mistress.
But Hekja’s journey was just the beginning, as she and Snarf and other colonists join their leader, Freydis, on a voyage to Vinland to establish a new settlement where more perilous adventures await them…
Shortlisted – Young People’s History Prize, NSW Premier’s History Awards (2006)
About the author:
Jackie French AM is an award-winning writer, wombat negotiator, the 2014-2015 Australian Children’s Laureate and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. In 2016 Jackie became a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to children’s literature and her advocacy for youth literacy. She is regarded as one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors and writes across all genres – from picture books, history, fantasy, ecology and sci-fi to her much loved historical fiction for a variety of age groups. ‘A book can change a child’s life. A book can change the world’ was the primary philosophy behind Jackie’s two-year term as Laureate. j
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: Mar 2005
Format: Paperback, 288pp
Category: Teenage historical fiction