Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Extremely Epic Viking Tale of Yondersaay by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie





The Extremely Epic Viking Tale of Yondersaay
by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Publisher:  Tantrum Books

This winter, siblings Ruairi and Dani Miller visit their ancestral homeland: the legendary Viking island of Yondersaay. Even with Granny Miller's storytelling to pass the time, the pair manage to find trouble. In less than twenty-four hours of their arrival, Ruairi is mistaken for the lost Boy King of Denmark, kidnapped by Vikings, and scheduled to be sacrificed at sundown. Granny isn’t very pleased.

But when everyone except them goes Viking, the three turn to Granny’s epic tales of the legends of Yondersaay, The Gifts of Odin, and King Dudo the Mightily Impressive for clues. But not all stories end happily, and Ruari, Dani, and Granny will have to write their own happy ending.

The Princess Bride meets Vikings in this enchanted tale of high adventure, buried treasure, villainous treachery, violent ends, and – of course – true love. Aoife Lennon-Ritchie's debut middle grade novel, THE EXTREMELY EPIC VIKING TALE OF YONDERSAAY, is a humorous and heartwarming story for readers ages 9+.


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A very tall, fanciful tale about being told an ever taller, more fantastical tale.
A fun adventure for kids age ten and older about a family trip, mystical history, buried treasure and "a bloody, oozing, murdered body." With some age appropriate romance thrown in, such as fairy tales require. Much of the story takes place in a colorless Crimson Forest without trees in a land that no one can find. A story about relationships, including those within a family. 
Granny says over and over that this is a real story, although often it seems like she and Mum are making it up as they go. Real stories don't always have happy endings.

Stories can take your mind off present worries or push back boredom. Can they save the day when you are in danger?
As the absurdity escalates even as time seems to be running out, the ridiculousness increases also.



Irish actor and writer Aoife Lennon-Ritchie studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, the Universita di Catania in Italy, University College Dublin in Ireland, and the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Aoife holds diplomas, degrees and a Masters in the multiple fields of business and information technology, English and classic literature, theatre and creative writing; she looks forward to doing her PhD in Film and Media. Always searching for new adventures, Aoife has lived in the UK, France, Greece, Italy, and several US cities, including Chicago, New York and Pittsburgh. She speaks three (and a half) languages. Although she was once an investment banker, she much prefers acting, fencing, writing, and being a mum. She currently lives in Cape Town with her handsome husband and two small children.




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