The Last Shadow Warrior

Scholastic. May 2021. 320p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338636079.
Gr 4-6–What do Vikings, Norse mythology, and a 12-year-old girl from North Carolina have in common? Much more than readers would assume. Abby Beckett, who is white with red hair, lives a normal life with her dad in a normal town—except for the fact that she trains with weapons so she can defend herself and her father from evil grendels. With enticing cliff-hangers and enough frightening encounters to make readers keep the lights on, kids will enjoy adventure, mythology, horror, and humor in this hodgepodge of entertainment. Abby must deal with the everyday afflictions of adolescence while attending a new school, trying to make new friends, and warding off evil grendels. With a lineage full of heroines to inspire her, Abby is determined to save what is physically and metaphorically left of her family tree.
VERDICT Fans of books like The Lightning Thief will enjoy this fast-paced mythological fantasy, and will beg for more adventures with Abby. Sure to be a hard title to keep on the shelf.

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