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Inspired by the epic poem BEOWULF, the Kid Beowulf series follows the adventures of 12-year-old twin brothers Beowulf and Grendel, as they travel to distant lands and meet fellow epic heroes therein!
Kid Beowulf is similar to BONE, Asterix, and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Suitable for Grades 6 & up or ages 9+
Book 1 – The Blood-Bound Oath
Starred Review: Kirkus, and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, named on Kirkus’ best books of 2016.
This is the origin story of twin brothers Beowulf and Grendel, separated at birth and reunited by an extraordinary family: their grandfather, the imperious King Hrothgar; their monstrous (but loving) mother, Gertrude; their fire-ghost of a father, and their other grandfather – the towering, one-eyed Dragon whose bloodline links them all in their ancient home of Daneland. Oh yeah, there’s also a pig and a talking sword! The series begins here as Beowulf and Grendel discover their past and their destiny.
Book 2 – The Song of Roland
Beowulf and Grendel are banished from their homeland and seek refuge with their Uncle Holger in far off France but the kingdom is in shambles: King Charlemagne is ailing, his knights are exiled, and France’s hero, Roland, needs a kick in the pants! It’s up to Beowulf and Grendel to unite the country before it’s taken over by an invading Saracen horde!
Book 3 – The Rise of El Cid
Beowulf and Grendel are in medieval Spain where they meet new friends, fight old foes, and are mistaken for ancient gods! Inspired by the Spanish epic poem, El Cid, this adventure traces the rise of a young knight named Rodrigo, who fights for the name he’s lost, the land he loves, and virtue long forgotten. It’s an action-adventure swashbuckler with a dash of romance!
Book Four, Part 1 – The Tarpeian Rock
Twin brothers, Beowulf and Grendel are lost in Italia, trapped as slaves who must fight for their freedom in the gladiatorial games. Meanwhile in the Tiber River Valley two tribes are at odds and another pair of twins, Romulus and Remus, will incite a revolution no one was ready for.
Book Four, Part 2 – The Tarpeian Rock
Twin brothers, Romulus and Remus lead a quiet life as shepherds in the hills of Latium, but the seasons are changing and the neighboring Sabines have begun their annual Festival of Mars – a time of the year when they take a young Latin to be sacrificed to the blood-thirsty crowd in the Arena. Meanwhile, waiting in the wings of the Arena and ready to prove themselves at the games comes a new pair of fighters: Beowulf and Grendel!
Book Four, Part 3 – The Tarpeian Rock
Remus is captured by the Sabines after a failed assassination attempt against the brutal King Titus and is locked away in the bowels of the Arena where he meets an unlikely ally. Meanwhile Romulus tries to recuperate from a savage wound inflicted by Grendel at the only haven he’s ever known: the Lupercal. Finally, with her friends in dire straits but her duty to the High Priestess in question, Tarpeia must decide where her loyalty truly lies.
Book Four, Part 4 – The Tarpeian Rock
With his twin brother Grendel incapacitated, it’s up to Beowulf to shoulder the burden of fighting alone in the Arena. If he fights well enough, and survives long enough, he might well win them their freedom. Meanwhile, a captured Remus makes a fateful choice to save his people, unaware that his own twin brother, Romulus, has made a decision that is sure to doom them. Finally, out of the fog of time and memory a figure returns to the Tiber River Valley to witness the change taking place within it, be it for good or ill.
Short Story – Shild and the Dragon
Before Beowulf and Grendel there was Shild and the Dragon! In this stand-alone story Beowulf’s great-grandfather Shild encounters the Dragon in the wilds of Daneland and learns about a world filled with monsters, slayers, and his special place in it…and Shild is in for the fight of his life! “Shild and the Dragon” is the first story in a new series of Kid Beowulf Eddas – stories exploring the rich world of characters from Kid Beowulf.
Short Story – Lookin’ For Lingonberries
When 12-year-old Beowulf dreams of lingonberries the only thing to do is go and look for some, but what he finds is a whole mess of trouble! Can Beowulf survive a day out in the wild or will he and his pig Hama become a Heathobard’s breakfast?
Short Story – Paladin’s Tale
When the Franks are ambushed by the Saracens deep in the Pyrenees mountains, King Charlemagne’s elite knights, the Peers, are accused of high treason. Betrayed, framed, and locked away, the king’s men escape to fight another day! Paladin’s Tale is an untold tale from pages of Kid Beowulf: The Song of Roland, the second graphic novel in the Kid Beowulf series! Ideal for fans of Bone, Asterix, and Amulet. A bonus Kid Beowulf story, “Lookin’ for Lingonberries,” is included in this issue!
Short Story – Lay of the Last Survivor
Long before she protected her sons, Beowulf and Grendel, Gertrude protected another…Led by a brutal warrior, a crew of Viking raiders storms the winter coast of Daneland and takes no survivors. When fifteen-year-old Gertrude stumbles upon their camp and finds a lone child amongst the dead she is compelled to get it to safety…or die trying.
Handbook – The Kid Beowulf Reader
Part classroom guide and part historiography, The Kid Beowulf Reader is over 200 pages of full-color fun and insight into the creation of the first trilogy. Featuring in-depth character dossiers, behind-the-scenes process pages, and exclusive artwork this book perfect for fans who want to peek behind the curtain! The Kid Beowulf Reader also features lesson plans and discussion questions for the teachers using Kid Beowulf in class. Developed by education expert Dr. Katie Monnin and aligned to the new Common Core Standards, this guide is sure to become an invaluable resource for teachers, librarians and fans alike!
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