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Tonje Glimmerdal er einaste ungen i Glimmerdalen, og den tøffaste jentungen dalen har sett sidan dei vaksne tantene hennar herja på ski mellom fjella. Tonjes bestevenn er gamle Gunnvald, ein bisk felespelar på over sytti år, og dei to vennene kjenner kvarandre ut og inn. Eller gjer dei det? Ein dag då Gunnvald er på sjukehuset med broten lårhals, forstår Tonje at Gunnvald h Tonje Glimmerdal er einaste ungen i Glimmerdalen, og den tøffaste jentungen dalen har sett sidan dei vaksne tantene hennar herja på ski mellom fjella. Tonjes bestevenn er gamle Gunnvald, ein bisk felespelar på over sytti år, og dei to vennene kjenner kvarandre ut og inn. Eller gjer dei det? Ein dag då Gunnvald er på sjukehuset med broten lårhals, forstår Tonje at Gunnvald har ein stor løyndom han ikkje har røpt for bestevennen sin. Brått får Tonje mangt å rydde opp i, for her står det om lykka og felespel! Her er latter, drama, tårer og musikk, og romanen gir assosiasjonar til Johanna Spyris Heidi og ikkje minst Astrid Lindgrens univers. Maria Parrs debutbok, Vaffelhjarte, var ein suksess og er ute på sju språk. Tonje Glimmerdal er allereie seld til fleire land.


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Tonje Glimmerdal er einaste ungen i Glimmerdalen, og den tøffaste jentungen dalen har sett sidan dei vaksne tantene hennar herja på ski mellom fjella. Tonjes bestevenn er gamle Gunnvald, ein bisk felespelar på over sytti år, og dei to vennene kjenner kvarandre ut og inn. Eller gjer dei det? Ein dag då Gunnvald er på sjukehuset med broten lårhals, forstår Tonje at Gunnvald h Tonje Glimmerdal er einaste ungen i Glimmerdalen, og den tøffaste jentungen dalen har sett sidan dei vaksne tantene hennar herja på ski mellom fjella. Tonjes bestevenn er gamle Gunnvald, ein bisk felespelar på over sytti år, og dei to vennene kjenner kvarandre ut og inn. Eller gjer dei det? Ein dag då Gunnvald er på sjukehuset med broten lårhals, forstår Tonje at Gunnvald har ein stor løyndom han ikkje har røpt for bestevennen sin. Brått får Tonje mangt å rydde opp i, for her står det om lykka og felespel! Her er latter, drama, tårer og musikk, og romanen gir assosiasjonar til Johanna Spyris Heidi og ikkje minst Astrid Lindgrens univers. Maria Parrs debutbok, Vaffelhjarte, var ein suksess og er ute på sju språk. Tonje Glimmerdal er allereie seld til fleire land.

30 review for Tonje Glimmerdal (Audiobook)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marie the Librarian

    URGH THIS BOOK. IT HIT ME RIGHT IN THE FEELS. Such an enchanting book written in a very beautiful way that made me shed a tear once or twice. TONJE <3

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

    In this new middle grade novel by Norwegian author Maria Parr (Adventures with Waffles, 2015) Astrid is the only child living in her village of Glimmerdal, and as a result her best friend is an elderly man named Gunnvald. Astrid, who is known in her community as "the little thunderbolt" has very strong emotions as well as a tendency to be a bit of a daredevil which frequently gets her into trouble. Astrid has always wanted the excitement of newcomers in town, especially kids, but when some stran In this new middle grade novel by Norwegian author Maria Parr (Adventures with Waffles, 2015) Astrid is the only child living in her village of Glimmerdal, and as a result her best friend is an elderly man named Gunnvald. Astrid, who is known in her community as "the little thunderbolt" has very strong emotions as well as a tendency to be a bit of a daredevil which frequently gets her into trouble. Astrid has always wanted the excitement of newcomers in town, especially kids, but when some strangers do show up, she suddenly becomes wary of the changes they might bring. When she discovers that Gunnvald has been keeping a secret from her, she's not sure she will ever look at anything the same way again. When I saw this book compared to Pippi Longstocking, I was a bit wary because, as I've said, I find Pippi grating and exhausting. I need not have worried, however, because Astrid, though plucky and self-confident, is a much more believable child character than Pippi. Outlandish as her behavior can be, Astrid is very much of the real world and not someone who feels like she belongs in a tall tale. Astrid's emotional turmoil, in particular, is thoroughly believable, and it is easy to empathize with her situation as events unfold. The writing in this book is also top-notch. Descriptions of the characters and setting are vivid,and the author gives a clear picture of Glimmerdal and its inhabitants that makes the reader feel like a part of this fictional universe. Astrid's relationship to Gunnvald is unique and special and their friendship, though unlikely, makes perfect sense within the context of this novel. I enjoyed Adventures with Waffles, but this book is even better. Also, as an added bonus, it's a middle grade novel you can hand to an eight-, nine-, or ten-year-old without reservations. There aren't a lot of those around, so this is a rare gem for that reason as well. (Thank you, Candlewick Press, for the digital review copy via NetGalley!) This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Oh goodness me, this book is GLORIOUS. I've just finished it, and all I really want to do is rush around finding people I could read it to. It's like the best, warmest, most joyous hug, full of laughter and wisdom and yet it's also a long time since I read a book that made me cry so much. It's full of music and love and unspoken emotions that struggle to work themselves out, and also reassurance and hope and kindness. Yes, in some ways it's like a 21st century version of some of Astrid Lindgren' Oh goodness me, this book is GLORIOUS. I've just finished it, and all I really want to do is rush around finding people I could read it to. It's like the best, warmest, most joyous hug, full of laughter and wisdom and yet it's also a long time since I read a book that made me cry so much. It's full of music and love and unspoken emotions that struggle to work themselves out, and also reassurance and hope and kindness. Yes, in some ways it's like a 21st century version of some of Astrid Lindgren's work (not Pippi, but rather Lotta or Mardie or the families in the Noisy Village), with a similar celebration of childhood freedoms and thoughtful relationships between adults and children. Unpatronising, it is not afraid to tackle some big and difficult emotions but all done with so much love. Puzey's translation is a triumph - fresh and sparkling, light and lucid. Brilliant. Just Brilliant.

  4. 4 out of 5

    stefiereads

    WAY BETTER THAN EXPECTED. I must admit that I wasn't sure to read this book. But desperate for getting out of reading slump, I tried reading a lot of books and this book is a blessing from heaven. HA! I heard about this book for quite a while now, but was hesitate to read it as it's a good feeling kind of book. It is a light and sweet book, which sometimes can be boring. BUT MY OH MY this book. It is a good feeling book, it is a heartwarming and moving and sweet and funny and adorable and just oh WAY BETTER THAN EXPECTED. I must admit that I wasn't sure to read this book. But desperate for getting out of reading slump, I tried reading a lot of books and this book is a blessing from heaven. HA! I heard about this book for quite a while now, but was hesitate to read it as it's a good feeling kind of book. It is a light and sweet book, which sometimes can be boring. BUT MY OH MY this book. It is a good feeling book, it is a heartwarming and moving and sweet and funny and adorable and just oh so lovely. I never thought I need this kind of book. The author manage to make a good feeling & sweet book not boring. But rather fun and very close. Intimate. I'd say. It makes you want to get up, pack my bags and move to Glimmerdal (if it's existed) in the middle of covid even and skiing with Astrid and her crew. I refuse to believe that Glimmerdal and Astrid and everyone in it are merely part of fiction. Gosh, I'm telling you. I adore Glimmerdal and its people including Mr. Hagen. Also, the fact that this book is translated to English from Norwegian, and still deliver the best story ever. Seriously, hats off! Anyway, my point is. If you want a good feeling, heartwarming, sweet and fun and moving story about friendship that is a bit unusual but will touch your heart deeply, about a cool family, about skiing and sliding in the snow, or if you interested about Norway and its culture, and wanted to know a bit about it, or if you want to enjoy an adventure in an idyllic farm in the mountain by the fjord, this book is for you :) Now, I need to get my own copy because I borrowed mine from the library. I hope you pick this book up! Happy reading! <3 TW: Death of animals, animal violence.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kateryna

    This is a delightful middle grade novel about Astrid, a spunky 9-year-old, who lives in a small mountain village in Norway. She spends her days skiing, sledding, singing loudly and spending time with her elderly best friend, Gunnvald. I like Astrid, she is a realistic child character - smart for her age, but also makes mistakes like any other kid. There is a huge amount of heart in this book, and the ending is extremely heartwarming. All in all, a fun book filled with love, friendship and family This is a delightful middle grade novel about Astrid, a spunky 9-year-old, who lives in a small mountain village in Norway. She spends her days skiing, sledding, singing loudly and spending time with her elderly best friend, Gunnvald. I like Astrid, she is a realistic child character - smart for her age, but also makes mistakes like any other kid. There is a huge amount of heart in this book, and the ending is extremely heartwarming. All in all, a fun book filled with love, friendship and family. Perfect for fans of Heidi and Pippi Longstocking.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    “Astrid the Unstoppable” by Maria Parr is a delightful tale about “the little thunderbolt” Astrid, who loves to speed down hillsides on her sled, sing as loudly as possible, and visit her septuagenarian godfather, who makes her hot chocolate from real chocolate bars. Described as Pippi Longstocking meets Heidi meets Anne Shirley, Astrid is a character you will fall in love with as you follow the exploits of this spirited Norwegian mountain girl who navigates village life and unexpected change wi “Astrid the Unstoppable” by Maria Parr is a delightful tale about “the little thunderbolt” Astrid, who loves to speed down hillsides on her sled, sing as loudly as possible, and visit her septuagenarian godfather, who makes her hot chocolate from real chocolate bars. Described as Pippi Longstocking meets Heidi meets Anne Shirley, Astrid is a character you will fall in love with as you follow the exploits of this spirited Norwegian mountain girl who navigates village life and unexpected change with charm and warmth. Highly recommended! This is the author’s second novel, which won the prestigious Brage Prize for best children's book and the Norwegian Critics' Prize. It has been sold to 19 countries and made into a theatrical production. The author lives in Norway. Pub Date 13 Nov 2018 Thanks to Candlewick Press and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine. #AstridTheUnstoppable #NetGalley

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I loved this story, this town, and the adventurous hero(ine) determined to heal her community. Wholesome and 'green' but not vegetarian... very Norwegian. I don't have words, just feels, though. Recommended especially for ages 7-10 and their families. I certainly would have loved it when I was a young girl. I loved this story, this town, and the adventurous hero(ine) determined to heal her community. Wholesome and 'green' but not vegetarian... very Norwegian. I don't have words, just feels, though. Recommended especially for ages 7-10 and their families. I certainly would have loved it when I was a young girl.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Edel Malene

    wow :((((!! go off i guess i was skeptical but then....... i cried a lot honey... very cute

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather Moore

    Read aloud with my 13 year old. Astrid is my hero. She wears her heart on her sleeve and loves a good adventure. This story has all the elements of a fantastic read aloud and put us on the hunt for lovely fiddle music to boot. Five stars from the both of us, and we’ve vowed to continue to read all the books that Maria Parr writes.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    What a sweet little book! I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. You fall in love with spunky little Astrid and her old but grumpy godfather/best friend with a secret that weighs heavily on his heart. Grief, anger, love, and forgiveness collide in this book with a heavy sprinkle of mischief and kindness. It was so nice to read something with this cute and low stress. Honestly, if I could, I would move to the idyllic Glimmerdal in a heartbeat. cw: off-page animal death What a sweet little book! I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. You fall in love with spunky little Astrid and her old but grumpy godfather/best friend with a secret that weighs heavily on his heart. Grief, anger, love, and forgiveness collide in this book with a heavy sprinkle of mischief and kindness. It was so nice to read something with this cute and low stress. Honestly, if I could, I would move to the idyllic Glimmerdal in a heartbeat. cw: off-page animal death

  11. 5 out of 5

    Faith Hough

    When a review for Astrid the Unstoppable mentioned Anne of Green Gables and Pippi Longstocking in the same sentence, you'd better believe I snapped this up like a kid at Christmas. My final judgement: Astrid is far more Pippi than Anne. For the first half of the book, one wild romp leads to the next, and the emotional story takes a supporting role. But when that B Story hits...boy, does it hit. Maria Parr tackles some hefty emotional topics without losing the fun and whimsy of the first half. I h When a review for Astrid the Unstoppable mentioned Anne of Green Gables and Pippi Longstocking in the same sentence, you'd better believe I snapped this up like a kid at Christmas. My final judgement: Astrid is far more Pippi than Anne. For the first half of the book, one wild romp leads to the next, and the emotional story takes a supporting role. But when that B Story hits...boy, does it hit. Maria Parr tackles some hefty emotional topics without losing the fun and whimsy of the first half. I had to laugh at my own American-ness at reading this book in translation... Our overprotectiveness as parents has become so ingrained that it's automatic. But Astrid skis alone and goes reindeer hunting with her teenage aunts, and sleds from the top of mountain straight onto a ferry. I guess I'll have to trust in my children's own ingrained American-ness that they'll think twice before trying to imitate her. :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    DaNae

    This is everything I love in a book. So many tears, some of anger, grief, joy and full out mirth.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Love the setting and the characters in this book. Astrid is a feisty, opinionated, brave little girl whose best friend is 74 year old Gunnvald. Astrid is nicknamed the "little thunderbolt". But when she learns that Gunnvald has a daughter named Heidi that Astrid never knew about and that Gunnvald hasn't spoken to in years, she is angry and heartbroken and confused. Why didn't anyone ever tell her? Why hasn't Gunnvald talked to his daughter? What will happen when the very angry Heidi sells Gunnva Love the setting and the characters in this book. Astrid is a feisty, opinionated, brave little girl whose best friend is 74 year old Gunnvald. Astrid is nicknamed the "little thunderbolt". But when she learns that Gunnvald has a daughter named Heidi that Astrid never knew about and that Gunnvald hasn't spoken to in years, she is angry and heartbroken and confused. Why didn't anyone ever tell her? Why hasn't Gunnvald talked to his daughter? What will happen when the very angry Heidi sells Gunnvald's house and Gunnvald has nowhere to go? Can Astrid the unstoppable stop the unthinkable from happening? A wonderful mix of humor, grief, adventure, friendship, and trouble abound in this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Brehl

    This is a translation from the original Norwegian, and I sing the praises of the original writer AND the translator! What a wonder Astrid is, and what a wonderous world of family, friends, and physical environment surround her. Seriously, this young girl and those in her life (including the mountains and seasons and waters and weirdness) thundered into my life and will stay with me forever. From individual scenes and episodes to the encompassing story and eventual resolution, I was enthralled, w This is a translation from the original Norwegian, and I sing the praises of the original writer AND the translator! What a wonder Astrid is, and what a wonderous world of family, friends, and physical environment surround her. Seriously, this young girl and those in her life (including the mountains and seasons and waters and weirdness) thundered into my life and will stay with me forever. From individual scenes and episodes to the encompassing story and eventual resolution, I was enthralled, with moments of laughter and a few tears. Had I never visited Norway, I believe I would have felt alive in this setting. But, after spending time on mountainsides in Arna, Norway, this was a visceral experience for me. A few things will surprise Amrerican readers, including the "snus" habits (chewing tobacco) of a few, a genuinely Grinchy villain, and some low-surveillance parental attitudes, but that just enriches the story, to me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Burkhart

    Translated from Norwegian, this children's chapter book is absolutely fabulous! Whether read aloud to a classroom, or read on one's own, it is easy to fall in love with the delightful and very lively Astrid right from the start. Her many adventures and love for the friends and family around her make her even more enduring. I won't say anymore, though there are many adventures to discover. One of the best chapter books for kids in the decade! I can't wait for more and more from Parr. Translated from Norwegian, this children's chapter book is absolutely fabulous! Whether read aloud to a classroom, or read on one's own, it is easy to fall in love with the delightful and very lively Astrid right from the start. Her many adventures and love for the friends and family around her make her even more enduring. I won't say anymore, though there are many adventures to discover. One of the best chapter books for kids in the decade! I can't wait for more and more from Parr.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marisa Maloney

    Read this amazing 2nd novel by Maria Parr. A funny and heart warming story about 10 year year old Astrid, her best friend her 70 year old godfather, and the fun village of Glimmerdale. This book has it all: friendship, family, wild mishaps, the power of music, forgiveness and redemption. There is also a great literature connection to the book Heidi. Such great quotes. I would reread this book for sure and will be buying this one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Hull

    This would be 3.5 stars if I could. The story follows a lively little Norwegian girl and her elderly best friend. Where Adventures with Waffles soared in humor and action and dug deep in human relationships, Astrid stays pretty shallow in both story arc and character development. Predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Blinking badgers! What a delightful book! Nine year old Astrid lives by her young aunties mantra - speed and self-confidence- in a small mountain village of Norway. This is what a childrens' book should be - a true child's perspective, children's adventures, fun language, and easily read in one sitting. Blinking badgers! What a delightful book! Nine year old Astrid lives by her young aunties mantra - speed and self-confidence- in a small mountain village of Norway. This is what a childrens' book should be - a true child's perspective, children's adventures, fun language, and easily read in one sitting.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    This humorous and moving book was translated into English from Norwegian. Similar to a Ramona the Pest book, but Astrid is 9 years old, and the book is longer than the typical Ramona book. Astrid, as the only child in her tiny mountain village, manages to turn the place upside down with her shenanigans. The story includes a surly wellness camp owner; her best friend, a senior citizen who is also her godfather; and a new family, with children, that comes to town. Everything Astrid does, she does This humorous and moving book was translated into English from Norwegian. Similar to a Ramona the Pest book, but Astrid is 9 years old, and the book is longer than the typical Ramona book. Astrid, as the only child in her tiny mountain village, manages to turn the place upside down with her shenanigans. The story includes a surly wellness camp owner; her best friend, a senior citizen who is also her godfather; and a new family, with children, that comes to town. Everything Astrid does, she does with a passion and at full-throttle. It was a very enjoyable read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Ship me to Norway. This book—the characters—the setting—just the best. Grab some hot cocoa and read Astrid’s story. All the feels with this book—it’s sweet, sad, silly, happy...just all the things that are oh so good. Read adventures with waffles and then read this. Completely heartwarming.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This was an absolutely perfect cozy read! The little thunderbolt of Glimmerdal was an utter delight and I am off to find more books from Maria Parr. The pages of the book transported me to the mountains of Norway and I enjoyed every minute with the sweet and sassy Astrid.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cassiejoan

    3.5 stars. It’s really hard for me to write a review of this because it was read during a very busy season and so it dragged out for months. It was a sweet story of friendship and family that my tween daughter and I enjoyed together.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alina Maria Cristea

    Lovely read for the beginning of the winter season.

  24. 4 out of 5

    OwlCrate Jr

    Absolutely wonderful.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy Owens

    One of the most delightful children’s books we’ve read. It was funny, sweet, sad and dealt with real life feelings, problems and consequences. A very hopeful book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chrishna

    This is excellent literature, and not just for children. A delightful read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dee Dee G

    This girl is a little firecracker! Cute book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joey

    /3.5 stars/ Cute read. Took foreeeeveeeer for me to read this aloud to my family and I’m honestly glad we’re done

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was super cute. The grumpy godfather, the aunts, Astrid herself were all amazing. I think my favorite is the dad.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Middle Grade ages 7+ This book is a delight! I loved Astrid and the people who populate her world. Astrid fits right in with a few other famous literary redheads Anne & Pippi!

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