The Boy with the Bronze Axe

Kathleen Fidler

Availability:
Out of print

Quick Look

Set in the Stone Age village of Skara Brae on Orkney. A strange boy arrives in the village with a sharp axe of a type never seen before. Conflict soon arises, and a deadly storm threatens the village.

Format:
paperback
Size:
198 x 130 mm
Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Age Range:
From 8 to 12 years
Extent:
176 pages
ISBN:
9780863154881
Publication date:
24 Feb 2005
Series:
Kelpies
Edition:
3rd edition

Description

Kathleen Fidler's classic story is set in the ancient Stone Age village of Skara Brae on Orkney, now a major tourist attraction. This is a fascinating and vividly portrayed story of life nearly 3,000 years ago.

Kali and Brockan are in trouble. They have been using their stone axes to chip limpets off the rocks, but they've gone too far out and find themselves trapped by the tides. Then, an unexpected rescuer appears, a strange boy in a strange boat, carrying a strangely sharp axe of a type they have never seen before.

Conflict arises as the village of Skara must decide what to do with the new ideas and practices that the boy brings. As a deadly storm threatens, the very survival of the village is in doubt.

The daily life, landscape and rituals of Skara have been meticulously researched, and are brought to life in striking, compelling detail.

Reviews

'This is a fascinating story about a stone-age village on Orkney and their struggle to deal with new technology and ways of thinking. An ideal read for history fans.'
-- Fiona Petrie, Waterstone's Guide to Children's Books

'10 to 14-year-olds will get excited about The Boy With the Bronze Axe, set in prehistoric times.'
-- Greenock Telegraph, June 2005

'A brilliant story.'
-- Jack, age 8, Education Otherwise

'A classic children's tale -- a new generation of readers will enjoy this story.'
-- The Scots Magazine, June 2005

'I work at Skara Brae here in Orkney and my most frequently asked question is "Do you have The Boy with the Bronze Axe?"'
-- Diana Potter, Skara Brae

'I lived 45 minutes from Skara Brae and read this book as a kid. It's a book that conjures up so many different emotions for a young reader. Four stars.'
-- amazon.com reader review

'I read this book at the age of 10. It was my first novel about prehistoric times and lead me to buying many more as I got older. Great for children with an interest in archaeology or history. Five stars.'
-- amazon.com reader review

'Excellent details of prehistoric life are presented. Honor, gratitude and hatred combine to create an interesting read for middle-school students.'
-- amazon.com reader review

Author

Kathleen Fidler (1899-1980) was the author of over eighty books for children, many of which were broadcast on BBC Radio Children's Hour and Schools programmes. She had a long-standing affection for Scotland, and was inspired to write The Boy With the Bronze Axe after a visit to Skara Brae on Orkney. The Fidler Award stood as a memorial to her deep interest in children and writers.

Links

More books by Kathleen Fidler:
The Desperate Journey
Flash The Sheepdog
Turk the Border Collie
Haki the Shetland Pony

Download and print a free Teacher's Guide for this book:
Boy with the Bronze Axe Teacher's Guide (PDF; 52KB)

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