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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416986537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416986539
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,884,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dispense with lusty images of swordplay and gluttony—the desperate Viking clan at the center of this gritty novel amounts to barely two-dozen starving souls cowering inside a cave while a cruel winter thins their numbers. The men of the tribe sail away in a last-ditch—and probably doomed—effort to find food, leaving 14-year-old Asa on her own to defend herself against the attentions of the power-hungry Jorgen. A battle with the Jorgen sends Asa fleeing on her horse until she meets Wenda, an alternately kind and threatening old woman living among ravens. Though some chapters are told from Jorgen’s vantage, the focus is on Asa and her determination to do anything to save her clan. Wilson’s depiction of the harsh conditions is relentlessly grim, and her Nordic gusto infuses every line of prose (a floor isn’t “swept”; rather, it “meets the cleansing bite of a broom”). Despite hints that Wenda is a seer, things are wisely kept terrestrial. Best of all, never is the tale’s trajectory predictable. A rousing read, by Thor! Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus

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"Wilson’s dramatic prose brings to life the harsh conditions of life along the wintry, rocky seashore, Rune’s indomitable spirit and Asa’s fierce determination. Classic storytelling."--Kirkus Reviews

"Although the story takes place over just a few days, Asa matures tremendously, becoming someone capable of sacrificing greatly for the good of her people. Outside of some references to Odin and draugrs, not much places the story as explicitly “Viking,” but the strength of the storytelling should keep readers rapt through the brutal but satisfying conclusion."--Publishers Weekly

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judy A. Bernstein on April 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
How many times have you purchased a book because of an intriguing cover only to be let down once you started reading? Raven Speak has one of the most striking covers I've seen, but what's inside is even better.

I've come to rely on Diane Lee Wilson for great stories that enthrall me and teach me. Raven Speak just might be her best book yet. And if you are looking for a strong young heroine, Asa Coppermane surely fits that bill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Osgood Conklin on July 2, 2010
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I've gotten used to great characters and plots from Diane Wilson, but Raven Speak takes her work to another level. Immediately the story breaks at full gallop and doesn't slacken until the last page is turned. Asa is a resourceful, reluctant heroine, and Jorgen, the clan's shamanlike diviner, is as persuasive as he is devious. Their conflict is at the heart of the book, and teaches real-life lessons in who deserves to be trusted, and who does not. In short, a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I love Diane Lee Wilson's work but this was one of my favorites. This book had excitement and adventure, and was just the kind of book to not put down ever. If you want a great read, you need this book! I would recommend this to all people who love historical facts and a good adventure.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M Davis on May 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I decided to read this because the excerpt in the front cover sounded interesting. About a fourth of the way through the book I found it very slow moving, and was having to force myself to continue reading. The action does pick up later on, but I found the plot very predictable. There was also a definite ewwww! factor (ravens eating people's eyeballs, for example). These scenes were described in such great detail that I just found them disgusting. Overall, the book was ok, but I don't think I'll be reading anything else by this author.
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