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Rover

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  685 ratings  ·  83 reviews
He was just a fat runt of a puppy. He didn't look much like his namesake, Mighty Rover, but when the witch gave Riki Snarfari his True Name, it stuck.

She was just a poor farm girl. She lived alone with her mother in a quiet seaside village and spent her days running after the cows.

When Viking raiders attack, both are taken as prisoners. The Viking ways are strange: their h
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 13th 2007 by HarperCollins (first published March 30th 2005)
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Cintia
I didn't really like this book. These aren't really the types of books I would usually read, but we read it in class. I was expecting this book to be boring. I thought that it would be some kind of book about history, but to be honest it wasn't that bad. I didn't really like how the chapter titles gave away what was going to happen in the chapters though. The beginning and the end were interesting, but the rest of the book was kind of boring. This book wasn't my favorite, but it wasn't that bad ...more
Andrew
Plot
Vikings invade and destroy a small coastal village. Hekja and her dog, Snarf, are captured and taken to Greenland. In this harsh and cold land, Hekja becomes a 'thrall', a slave, to the daughter of the infamous Erik the Red, Freydis Eriksdottir.
Hekja's fiery determination wins her the respect of her mistress. But Hekja's journey was just beginning, as she and Snarf and other colonists join their leader, Freydis, on a voyage to Vinland to establish a new settlement where more perilous adventu
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Dagan Brinda
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Terry Costantini
I would rate this book a 2.5 to a 3. If I wasn't a teacher, I would NEVER have picked this book to read, but I feel that it delivered many of the things that I love in great books. The story details the results of a Viking raid on a small town, and describes the often brutal and mysoginistic views that vikings hold dear. I did care about the main character, Hekja, and her dog Snarf, but not many others. The descriptions and writing style flowed well, although many of the descriptions were about ...more
Paul
A distinctly pedestrian tale set in Viking times. The author is fairly talented as she creates moderately realistic characters. However she lets herself down by her obsession with explaining every last little word and term by using foot notes instead of a simple glossary at the back of the book, leaving you with the feeling this is much more a narrative history book than a story at heart.

On top of this the action moves incredibly slowly and when I flicked ahead to find out if anything was ever l
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Selena
What I thought of the book They Came On Viking Ships is, I didn't really think this book was all that great. Why I think this is because it wasn't that interesting, also I don't think this book meets all my criteria for a good novel such as in the beginning of a chapter the title kind of gave away whats going to happen. More reasons is because it didn't keep me wanting to read more. And this is what I thought on the book.
Sarah
I loved the premise of this book because I find this period of history fascinating, and something about the idea of a young girl sold into slavery also has a weird appeal for me (I think it may stem from reading 'A Voice in the Wind' by Francine Rivers about 10 times as a preteen). BUT it was one of those books where the author has done all this research and is determined to shove it in one way or another, in fact Jackie French was quite shameless about it and went so far as to add FOOTNOOTES on ...more
Sue
I read this book a long time ago but whenever I have time I pick it up and read it again. This is my favorite book and I've read it so many times I can remember what happens in each chapter.
It is about Hejka a girl who's father and brothers died so she lives with her mother. One day Viking invaders come to the small island village and take Hejka back as a slave. She travels to Vinland where she works as a messenger and watches the cows. Hejka soon finds herself more willing to help her "Mistres
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Alanurb
This book's name is called They came on Viking Ships but they changed it to Rover. I am not a big fan of this book, i didn't like it too much, i think that it could have been better but this is the way that it is and some people actually love this book. I kind of thought that it was boring and think that it could have been better. I liked it a little bit, it was okay. It wasn't too long or too short it was just in the middle and i like that. At first you think that the whole book is going to be ...more
Jennifer
My daughter checked this out at the library, and has been telling us about it chapter by chapter.

It's an enjoyable story to read - starts with tragedy, but ends with happiness for the main character. It is also a fascinating look into the life of the sister of Leif Erikson - daughter to Eric the Red.
Andrea
To be completely honest, i wasn't really a fan of this book. It had too much violence and it was plot twisting. It was plot twisting because in North America, they made the title "Rover". When you pick up a book with that type of name you would think, "Oh it must be about a dog". I thought this in the prologue and first chapter. I also didn't like the ending,i t wasn't really that entertaining and it was boring. There were some sweet parts between Hekja, Hikki and Snorri. I would say those were ...more
Liam
I read this book when I was 12 and is still one of my favorite books. Although it is not fast pace it has been written brilliantly!
Hayley barbara
The criteria of this book is it could have had more action at the start because at the start of the book it was a little boring because all it was talking about was a little dog that got hurt. The book also could have had a little romance in it with the little girl. I think at the end it could have had more excitement because it was really boring. Also the titles could have not told us what the chapter was going to be about. I think in the first few chapters it could have explained the charters ...more
Sierra_Chiasson :)
I give this book a four star rating because i thought it was really good and it made me excited to see what was going to happen in the next chapter. It wasn't predictable but the chapter titles gave away what was going to happen. I liked how it was realistic. The ending of the book probably could have had more action but considering there's not another book to it, it was a good ending. It would have been better to picture what was happening in my head if it explained the scenes a little more. Ov ...more
Taya graves-landry
This book was really good, it took me a few chapters to get into it but once I did I couldn't not read this book. This book carries a large amount of surprise and suspense. This has twisted romance and shocking experiences.In this book there is actually quiet a few of main people: Hekja,Hikki,Freydis,Thorvard,Riki Snafari (also know as snarf and is a dog) and Snorri. At first I was itching to read the end of this book and now that I have finished I feel so blank. So over all i really liked this ...more
Stephanie
When my teacher said to me we were learning about Vikings I was bored. But when we started to read , I was interested.
It starts on one of the Scottish Islands, where Hekja and her Ma live. Hekja struggles to fit, because her family is the poorest of the whole village. But when Hekja spots strange ships coming towards the village Hekja is scared. Along with her dog Snarf Hekja has to survive ferocious Vikings, drowning,starvation and everything that is thrown at her.
Always a pleasure reading Jac
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Clare O'Beara
This is an excellent read for older children, young adults and adults alike. The story follows a Scottish island girl, Hekja, who lives in a small village with her dog Snarf who protects the cows. A Viking raid however sees them taken captive and the family destroyed.

Young fit slaves were valued by the Vikings as runners and after some time Hekja is put aboard a longship heading to Vinland under the leadership of Freydis Eriksdottir. The Vikings did not make maps so they have only the words of
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Ailish
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Katy
I decided to read this book because I had been searching for a book that was unlike the sort of novel I usually read (dystopian, fantasy or supernatural) and I thought it would be an interesting change.

This novel fills in the category of a book that teaches me about another time in history. This is a pretty broad category, but instead of reading something about British/ Tudor history I decided I wanted to know more about Vikings, because I found that I have quite a lot of Scottish Viking blood i
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Carmine
Jan 17, 2008 Carmine rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: middle schoolers
Last year we went through a period at our house where we constantly talked about the Norse settlement of Greenland and their exploration of North America. This interest was spurred by reading Jared Diamond's "Collapse." So it was interesting to read a fictional account of the same time period. Overall I liked the book, but wasn't particularly drawn in by any of the characters, with the exception of Freydis. The setting was unique and brings reader into life around 1000 AD.
I am not a dog lover so
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omer
This book was good at some parts and bad at some parts, I will not tell you the parts that i liked because i would spoil the book, But one thing i did not like is the fact that some of the chapter names gave away what was going to happen in the chapter. I also thought the book had a good story line and a good main idea. I also thought this book had detailed and interesting words that i did not know... now i know them :-) i really think you should read this book i really liked the it.
Nate Herbert
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Samantha
This is one of the nominees for the Maine Student Book Award. It was a okay book. I prefer her one of her picture books, Diary of a Wombat. The author also uses footnotes throughout the book to clarify certain Viking terms that might be confusing. I could see why maybe teachers would really like this, but I found it to be a bit distracting.

The book is called Rover, which is the name of the dog. The main character is Hekja, the dog's owner. She lives a quiet life on an island until it is attacked
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Jessica
I guess this book was OK.. but the chapter titles gave everything about the chapter away. The beginning was interesting and sort of hooking, with all the 'action'. When Hekja got Snarf, I feel like her life got more exciting. There was some surprising parts but most were predictable.. I didn't really enjoy the ending because I wouldn't of expected that, also because it was sorta confusing. Over all it was a 'OK' book.
Chase Holden/Cyberonic
I didn't really enjoy the book that much, I found myself quite bored of the book for the whole time. The twists were interesting but they kind of put you back to the beginning again. Where everything is good. Except for bad times, I found myself not connecting to the characters at all, This story takes place in the viking times. I would recommend this book for adventurous people who like suprise chapters
Veronica
I read this book a few years ago for a reading group school and I absolutely adore it! The characters are realistic and enchanting, I didn't want to put the book down for a second. I thought of it today but I couldn't remember the title so I searched the internet for any sign and I'm so glad I found it. I would love to read this book again, I may be in high school but some stories are for any age.
Megan:)
Rover was a great book! There was a lot of surprises and the suspense stayed through out the whole book. The book kind of showed that anyone can do anything. Male or female. The only thing I didn't like is that the titles gave the chapter away, but it didn't really give it all away. You can make a prediction but there will be a twist, and that's what made it good!
Tyesha
I thought this book was great. It was very detailed and had lots of good characters and they all played there parts very well. I also liked that main idea. It left me wanting Jackie French making a second book! I didn't like how the titles of the captures gave what was going to happen away. they used a lot of personification and similes.
Kenya
I thought this book was great. It was very detailed and used a lot of figurative writing. This book left me in a great suspense, and it also told an important message. I also like the fact that Jackie French used real characters. My one wish is that she didn't give away what would happen in the chapter using the chapter titles.

Nicki Corston
I liked this book a lot, I don't have anything bad top say about it. It had great characters, a great plot and it was really detailed.
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