Fast-paced, chilling ghost story set against the background of Ireland during the Viking age.
Finn, a solitary boy, uncovers a skull near an Cluain na Gall - an ancient Viking burial ground. He is immediately attracted to the skull - partly because he has a macabre sense of humour, but mainly because the skull's owner clearly had the same problems as Finn, goofy teeth. Finn names the skull Baldur. But when the spirit of Baldur haunts Finn, in the nicest possible way, a Viking saga from the 9th century gradually unfolds. Finn is charged by the ghost of Baldur, the find the rest of his bones so that, together with his skull, he can have a proper Viking funeral and go to Valhalla with the spirit of his loved one. However, his bones are guarded by rats which are menacing and dangerous and Finn becomes involved in a race against time to complete Baldur's skeleton and fulfil his wish. Through his actions and his sparky relationship with Baldur's skull, Finn comes to terms with his own problems. Mary Arrigan combines a traditional genre, with lively and contemporary dialogue to appeal to readers from 10 to 14 in this wonderfully original time-slip novel.
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`Action-packed, this is a fast-moving and unputdownable thriller" Independent on Sunday
Mary Arrigan taught art for eighteen years in Ireland, before becoming a full-time writer, reviewer and broadcaster. She ihas won many prizes including a Sunday Times Short Story Award, Hennessy Literary Award, International Young Library White Ravens title and shortlisted for the Bisto Award twice. Mary Arrigan writes a monthly children's book review for the Sunday Tribune. She lives with her husband and two children in Monaincha, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.