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Subject: Need teen books on the vikings or recommendations
Date Posted: 12/3/2008 7:26 PM ET
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Son is 16, but tells me this is the only thing he is interested in history :)


Date Posted: 12/5/2008 12:53 AM ET
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Well, that leaves him open to an extensive study of all of the Northern Europeon countries along with Great Britain, right?? I know Scottish history was greatly affected by the Vikings, especially the Shetland and Hebrides island groups. Wikipedia might be a good place to get ideas, since that is where I was reading about these islands this week for my family history.

Then there is a comparison study of different types of ships/boats. Hmmm, we all know what the Viking ships looked like, but I wonder what kind of wood was available to make them out of?

Has he read The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow  yet? I loved this book, but couldn't get my kids to read it. I do have it listed on on my Homeschool Classified shelf http://www.homeschoolclassifieds.com/show_list.asp?user=sunnyok There are 56 members waiting for it on PBS, and that number just keeps going up. It was at 42 the last time I was desperate for a credit and checked into posting mine. I think that was in early October...

There is a series of books by Lois Walfrid Johnson that are about Vikings. I have not read this series, but she wrote another series that we all loved. Here's a link to these books. http://www.lwjbooks.com/viking.html

I also used to have a book that he would have liked. It was an older out-of-print book with lots of maps, drawings and other details. Here is the description:

Vikings' Wake: Cruising Through Southern Scandinavian Waters. (Hardcover) by Richard John. MacCullagh 239 p., illus. w/ drawings, charts & photographs by the author and photographs from Danish & Swedish sources.

After pricing this at Amazon just now, I find that I let mine go far too cheap! There is one listed for $8.50, but most of the others are $70 - $150!!

Hopefully this has given you a few ideas!

Enjoy the journey!!

Date Posted: 12/9/2008 1:09 AM ET
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ANother vote for Rolf and the Viking Bow! DD read it this week and loved it, now wants the next in series. It is about vikings in Iceland. She will be reading Brian Boru, Emporer of the Irish by Morgan LLywelyn next. Setting is 1014, Ireland. I see it is available at PBS. :)

Date Posted: 12/9/2008 10:54 AM ET
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Look at books by G A Henty. 

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 12:01 AM ET
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The Viking longship / by Lynda Trent. (non fiction)

The Sea of Trolls / Nancy Farmer

Blood feud / by Rosemary Sutcliff.

(actually, she has written alot of historical fiction. This one is about Vikings, she has others from that time period about Saxons and such)