The Windeby Puzzle

Clarion. Feb. 2023. 224p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780358672500.
Gr 5 Up–Nicely preserved, the 2,000-year old body of a small teen girl was found in a bog in 1952 on Windeby Estate in northern Germany. Master storyteller Lowry wondered why. Estrild becomes the main character in this fusion of history and fiction. Unlike other girls, Estrild desires to become a warrior during a time when women are expected to stay at home, cooking, cleaning, and raising the children. Her dear friend Varick, an orphan boy unwanted by society, is happy to help her train in the warrior ways. The friendship that ensues is carried out to a heartrending ending that provides one interpretation for how a young girl ended up dying and buried in a bog.
VERDICT Expertly written and beautifully engaging, readers will be transfixed with actual photographs and more than one explanation of this grim mystery. A first purchase for libraries.

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