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 Freya and the magic jewel. Book 1 (Thunder girls)
 Author: Holub, Joan

 Publisher:  Aladdin (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 257 p.

 BTSB No: 461225 ISBN: 9781481496407
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Norse mythology -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 Lost and found possessions -- Fiction
 School stories

Price: $6.50

Book 1--Unlike her twin brother Frey, twelve-year-old girlgoddess Freya is not excited about their invitation to Asgard Academy, especially after she loses her magical jewel, leaving her powerless and worried about making friends.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Williams, Suzanne
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 198763
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 75210

   Kirkus Reviews (03/15/18)
   School Library Journal (03/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2018 Gr 4–6—Freya, Norse goddess of love and beauty (here portrayed as a tween "girlgoddess"), has been summoned to Asgard Academy by Odin. Freya isn't nearly as excited as her twin brother, Frey; this was her year to be class president of Vanaheim Junior High and captain the ice-skating team. She loses her magic prophecy stone and now must contend with rude classmates and crushes. Despite the popularity of myth-based fiction, readers are likely to be disappointed to find a rather shallow main character who manages to solve every problem thrown her way with minimal effort. The plot moves swiftly, but the writing is bland (even with an abundance of exclamation points) and the dialogue stilted. While this may appeal to lovers of the "Goddess Girls" series, it lacks excitement and depth, perpetuating tired stereotypes about the way tween girls behave. VERDICT Purchase where "Goddess Girls" flies off the shelves, but skip otherwise.—Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, St. Paul Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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