Astrid the unstoppable / Maria Parr ; translated from Norwegian by Guy Puzey ; illustrated by Katie Harnett.

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    • Publication Information:
      First U.S. edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Speed and self-confidence, that's Astrid's motto. Nicknamed "the little thunderbolt," she loves to spend her days racing down the hillside on her skis or sled, singing merrily as she goes, and drinking hot chocolate made from real chocolate bars with her grumpy best friend and godfather, Gunnvald. She just wishes there were other children to share in her hair-raising adventures. But her world is about to be turned upside down, first by the arrival of a family with children to her village, and then by a mysterious woman whom everyone but Astrid seems to know. Gunnvald has been keeping a big secret from her --one that will test their friendship. Astrid isn't happy about all the changes in Glimmerdal. Luckily, she has a plan to set things right."--Jacket.
    • Notes:
      Translated from Norwegian.
      A Junior Library Guild selection.
    • Other Titles:
      Tonje Glimmerdal. English
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    • ABNT:
      PARR, M.; PUZEY, G.; HARNETT, K. Astrid the unstoppable. First U.S. edition. [s. l.]: Candlewick Press, 2018. ISBN 9781536200171. Disponível em: Acesso em: 24 fev. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Parr M, Puzey G, Harnett K. Astrid the Unstoppable. First U.S. edition. Candlewick Press; 2018. Accessed February 24, 2020.
    • APA:
      Parr, M., Puzey, G., & Harnett, K. (2018). Astrid the unstoppable (First U.S. edition.). Candlewick Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Parr, Maria, Guy Puzey, and Katie Harnett. 2018. Astrid the Unstoppable. First U.S. edition. Candlewick Press.
    • Harvard:
      Parr, M., Puzey, G. and Harnett, K. (2018) Astrid the unstoppable. First U.S. edition. Candlewick Press. Available at: (Accessed: 24 February 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Parr, M, Puzey, G & Harnett, K 2018, Astrid the unstoppable, First U.S. edition., Candlewick Press, viewed 24 February 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Parr, Maria, et al. Astrid the Unstoppable. First U.S. edition., Candlewick Press, 2018. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Parr, Maria, Guy Puzey, and Katie Harnett. Astrid the Unstoppable. First U.S. edition. Candlewick Press, 2018.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Parr M, Puzey G, Harnett K. Astrid the unstoppable [Internet]. First U.S. edition. Candlewick Press; 2018 [cited 2020 Feb 24]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 November #1

*Starred Review* Nine-year-old Astrid is the only child living in Glimmerdal, Norway, which boasts a forest and a river, as well as a few small farms, houses, and shops. It's not a quiet place, though, not with Astrid, "the little thunderbolt of Glimmerdal," skiing or sledding down hills and across roads with reckless abandon while singing loudly to keep up her courage. When cranky old Gunnvald, her godfather and best friend, creates a heartrending problem, she tries to set things right. This fierce, lovable girl bravely takes action, even when she's trembling inside. More than once, she confronts adults who are about to make irrevocable mistakes out of greed, stubbornness, or emotional distress. While Johanna Spyri's book Heidi has a small role in the story, the main character here has much more in common with the irrepressible, unconventional heroine of Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking. Drama and humor are interwoven throughout the well-paced narrative, which transports readers to a distinctive locale and introduces vividly drawn, memorable characters. Small drawings at chapter headings and a double-page map add visual appeal. Norwegian writer Parr, whose Adventures with Waffles (2013) has been translated into many languages, offers another original chapter book with a strong sense of place and international appeal. Grades 3-5. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring

Boisterous ten-year-old Astrid is the sole child inhabitant of a tiny Norwegian village. When her best friend, elderly curmudgeon Gunnvald, breaks his leg, his hitherto-unknown (to Astrid) grown daughter shows up. Humor and pathos result--lots of both--all grounded by the specificity of the setting and the clarity and depth of the characterizations. Although there are homages to Heidi and Pippi Longstocking, Parr has crafted a fresh tale all her own. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2019 #1

In the tiny Norwegian village of Glimmerdal, ten-year-old Astrid—whose unflagging energy and boisterousness have earned her the nickname "the little thunderbolt of Glimmerdal"—is the sole child inhabitant. She is the bane of grouchy Mr. Hagen's life (owner of a "wellness retreat" that advertises peace and quiet) and the light of elderly curmudgeon Gunnvald's (Astrid's best friend). Life continues apace, with Astrid hurtling down mountains on various skis and sleds and generally wreaking havoc, until disruption arrives in the form of: a mysterious letter that throws Gunnvald into a funk; two young brothers, visitors to the wellness retreat; a freak accident in which Gunnvald breaks his leg; and the arrival of Gunnvald's hitherto-unknown (to Astrid) grown daughter. Humor and pathos result—lots of both—all grounded by the specificity of the setting and the clarity and depth of the characterization. The action scenes are riveting, but it's the relationships that deepen the story and make it memorable. Although there's no missing the homages to Heidi (Gunnvald resembles Spyri's novel's grandfather; Gunnvald's daughter is named Heidi; and Astrid reads Heidi throughout) and Pippi Longstocking (with Astrid's flaming red hair, self-confidence, and almost-an-orphan independence, not to mention her shared first name with Pippi's author), Parr (Adventures with Waffles, rev. 5/15) has crafted a fresh and original tale, all her own. martha v. parravano January/February 2019 p 99 Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 October #1

At nine years old, free-range Astrid Glimmerdal has the whole wide world (or at least her tiny Norwegian town) "in front of her skis." As the only child around, the small songstress ("It is important to sing when you're skiing") has to get creative about finding friends—her best friend is her 74-year-old godfather, Gunnvald—but she's managed to turn Mr. Hagen, the owner of Hagen's Wellness Retreat who's more fond of quiet than of children, into her nemesis. As she speeds toward her 10th birthday, Astrid discovers that her beloved Gunnvald has a secret, a daughter she doesn't know about, that may change her view of the world forever. Imbued with a Scandinavian sensibility, this novel by Parr (Adventures with Waffles) presents fun alongside concepts such as death, physical distance between friends, and estrangement in an age-appropriate format, and both encourages readers to question new ideas and offers a fertile foundation for imagination. Fans of Pippi Longstocking and the Moomins will delight in Parr's indomitable Astrid. Ages 7–10. (Nov.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.