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The Boy with the Bronze Axe

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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

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Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 30th 1972 by Puffin Books (first published 1968)
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Vanda
Tohle se mi hodnotí špatně, protože je to evidentně příběh pro děti, který jsem četla zejména ze své lásky k Orknejím a na doporučení Orknejanů. Jako bývalou horlivou čtenářku příběhů z dávných věků mě to ale dost zklamalo - mám pocit, že Štorch by Fidlerovou kdykoliv strčil do kapsy. Příběh se odehrává v neolitické vesnici Skara Brae na největším orknejském ostrově a popisuje dobrodružným způsobem běžný život tamních obyvatel a posléze i zánik sídliště, jehož pozůstatky mě kdysi na Orkneje nalá ...more
Gill
I read this book as part of my on-going research for my Stone-age novel, as it was set in Skara Brae, one of the locations I have used. It starts from a very different premise than mine, dealing with the death-throes of the settlement due to changing weather-patterns, which certainly had a hand in the abandonment of the village.
It is excellently written, although it does not steer away from issues of life and death. I was not surprised to learn that the author was brought up in Scotland, was a
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Gale
STONE AGE DISASTER AND SURVIVAL

A ferocious storm in 1850 struck the Orkney Isles--revealing a small Stone Age settlement which had lain buried beneath the pitiless sands for over 3000 years. Inspired by the archaeological excavation, Kathleen Fidler has recreated the lifestyle of those rugged coastal dwellers in this book. A strange youth arrives by sea in a curious log canoe, carrying his most precious possession--an axe made of an unknown alloy: Bronze. Greeted with suspicion and even hostilit
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Annie
Life on Skara Brae is fun, but hardwork for all. Out foraging for a treat, Kali and her younger brother Brockan are stranded. With little hope of rescue, they are stunned when a boy in a strange boat saves them.
Tenko has run from danger, bringing with him new and different technology - not just the boat, but a bronze axe.
The village seer knows that the villagers' survival will come down to Tenko and his knowledge. But not all like him. And not all listen to him.
This is an adventure story with a
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Molly
Excellent way to learn history and the kids were excited to discover it was about a real place. We googled the Ring of Brodgar and the Orkney Isles afterward.
scarlettraces
the writing is stiff, which can't be explained away by the period in which this was written, as some masters of style were working around then. i sucked this kind of thing down when i was a child, though, and it did make me want to go to Skara Brae. (i already wanted to go, this made me want to go more. also i didn't know how it was discovered - great storm of 1850, sand dunes roll back etc).
Zoe
Wonderful - pacey, exciting and set well in the landscape, though the use of modern names for some locations is slightly odd if you know anything about Orkney history - eg the use of Viking names whent he book is set 1000 of years before the Vikings ever arrived in Orkney.
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Nov 16, 2008 Lucy added it
I read this a long time ago & loved it......
I'm looking for it to read it again.... ;o)
Linnea
A great way to learn the history of the Orkney Islands.
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Born in 1899 in Coalville, Leicestershire, Kathleen Annie Fidler was educated at Wigan Girls' High School, and at St. Mary's College in Bangor, North Wales. She was the headmistress of the Scot Lane Evening Institute from 1924-30, and taught at St. Paul's Girls' School, Wigan, from 1925-30. Fidler married J.H. Goldie in 1930, and had one daughter and one son. She spent most of her married life in ...more
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