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
'’I think I'm going to keep this Viking,' said Finn, wiping away the soil and lifting the skull. ‘Imagine, all those centuries ago there was someone just like me… a buck-toothed warrior.''
When Finn and Tara discover a skull on the site of the ancient Viking burial ground, Finn is determined to take it home. This ghoulish find drags Finn and Tara into a nightmarish adventure – a race against time – one that becomes a matter of life or death.
Another chilling, fast-paced novel from this prize-winning Irish author.
Praise for 'Grimstone's Ghost':
"Action packed, this is a fast-moving, unputdownable thriller."
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Book Description HarperCollins Children's Books, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007111541