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  • ISBN: 9781982126766
  • ISBN: 1982126760
  • Physical Description: 336 pages ; 23 centimeters.
  • Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Scout Press, 2019.

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Summary, etc.:
A young woman with cognitive disabilities finds inspiration in Viking legends and prepares herself to become a hero when her brother gets involved with drug dealers. Zelda knows she's different than most people she meets, and she understands that difference is because of something called fetal alcohol syndrome. She has seen the unkind glances and heard the muttered slurs, but really, she just wants what any 21-year-old wants: love, acceptance, and some degree of independence to make decisions about her life. Also? A really good sword would be useful. Zelda is obsessed with Vikings--their legends, their fierce loyalty, their courage in the face of danger.
Language Note:
In English.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #1
    Twenty-one-year old Zelda feels safe relying on rules, lists, and schedules. She lives under the care of her older brother, Gert, and is ready to take the next step with her boyfriend. The most important thing to know about Zelda, however, is that she loves Vikings: she admires the Valkyries, fears the Grendel, studies the Runes, and carries a Viking sword. She prefers to explore this obsession in books and in her own mind, until she learns of a newly unearthed female Viking warrior and decides to bring her fantasy world to life. She resolves to be legendary, the hero of her own story. When Gert struggles to hold things together, Zelda's newfound bravery leads her to uncover his illegal activity and confront his dangerous group of friends. In order to make things right, Zelda must set out on a quest to save her brother and find her own path in life. MacDonald's first novel is a truly original story filled with love, tragedy, heartache, and triumph, and his heroine is sure to inspire readers to be legendary themselves. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Andrew David MacDonald grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He won a Western Magazine Award for Fiction, was shortlisted for the Canadian National Magazine Award for Fiction, and his work has been anthologized in four volumes of The Journey Prize Stories, collecting the year&;s best Canadian stories from emerging writers. He has an MFA from the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Subject: Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Disabilities > Fiction.
Heroes > Fiction.
Genre: Humorous fiction.
Domestic fiction.

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