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4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  878 Ratings  ·  99 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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 13th 2007 by HarperCollins (first published March 30th 2005)
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Mar 27, 2015 Cintia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 05, 2016 Layla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They came on Viking ships was an interesting book about the Viking society. It had many twists and although sometimes violent, it was hard to put down. Hekja is a young woman in her seaside village with only her mother and pet dog that she rescued, Riki Snarfari. Her father and brothers died in accidents so she helps out with the jobs of the men. Hekja’s village is raided by vicious Vikings and many are killed. she tries to outrun a warrior but eventually is captured by the only female Viking, F ...more
Oct 25, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: girls-pre-reads
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.
Ryan  Buckby
Jul 06, 2015 Ryan Buckby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was and still is one of my favourite books that i will ever read, i first read this book back when i was only 14 and thats when i first fell inlove with this story. I think many of the issues and things that happen in this book are not neccessary age appropriate but it does depend on how mature a child is when they read this book.

the bond between hekja and her dog 'Snarf' made me fall inlove with them all over again they have such a secure bond and the lengths that her dog went to protect
Apr 04, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2015 Selena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dagan Brinda
Mar 27, 2015 Dagan Brinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Jun 18, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Essie Fox
Jul 23, 2015 Essie Fox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written and ultimately very rewarding YA novel. It's not immensely fast moving in style - although a lot happens, which sounds rather contradictory. It is steeped in historical details regarding food, clothes, and agriculture - which some young adults may not enjoy. There are also descriptions of violent and bloody battles. The story is realistic (based on established historical fact as documented in the Norse sagas). While bringing to the fore strong and independent females, it does not ...more
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
Oct 14, 2011 Liam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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!
Jan 02, 2017 Maddi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was very interesting learning about the lives of vikings and discovering what their day to day life was like. I love this book at it always has you wondering what will happen next.
Sep 30, 2015 LadyRose rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
This was a 5 star read, but not one I (being an adult) would see the need to reread (I could see rereading it if the first time I had read it was as a kid). It was a very well written, interesting, able to keep me wanting to pick up the book to finish it the few scant times I actually put it down. The chapters flew by and the story was interesting all the way through it, no slow sections. This is a fast 1-2 day read for me a normally slow reader (just using a few hours a day then a 2 day read). ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Ailish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 24, 2013 Katy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-logs
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
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
Jan 17, 2008 Carmine rated it liked it
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
Nov 07, 2016 Trinity rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to waste their money.
This was positively the worst thing I have ever experienced in my whole life. (Except for chicken run, which messed me up as a kid.) it was obvious the author did not have a plan for the story, as she changed character names. (Banna to Branna) and wrote very unclearly. The only positive thing about this novel was her description, which was quite nice.

Hekja was the most under developed character I have ever read about. She has the personality of a potted plant. She had no opinions, and her love
Mar 09, 2009 Samantha rated it liked it
Shelves: msba-nominees
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
Mar 27, 2015 Alanurb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 28, 2016 Tina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-with-p
My 10yo daughter read this at school and loved it so much that she recommended we read it together at home. She was doing a report on Leif Ericcson and this book about Freydis piqued her interest.

Her review: I love that it pulls from history but puts an interesting spin on it.

My review: I thought that the author handled some difficult subject matter in a sensitive way. There were a few scenes early on that might have been too much for younger kids, but Ms. French framed the action in such a wa
Jennie Lillian
Oct 20, 2016 Jennie Lillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ks2, friendship, journey
This was one of the first books I can remember reading from cover to cover as a child. It is also one I have gone back to many times as I have grown older. The story is about a young girl who is taken from her home during a violent invasion but learns how to live in her new world and finds happiness. As child, I loved being able to follow her through her life, seeing her grow without changing her character. Going to back to the book as an adult, I was surprised at how much I had missed or didn't ...more
Mar 27, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cassie Wells
Jul 07, 2015 Cassie Wells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was on my friend group reading list that we all wanted to read back in high school, this is where i first fell inlove with such a beautiful story with well-written characters.

the only problem i had with this book overall was when the author wrote chapter headings that gave away a chapter and pivotal plot point in the book. the book also gives a small insights of what the people around this time did, like traditions and beliefs.

i was rooting for hejka and bran to be together by the en
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
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
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
Nov 08, 2015 Dominika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, reread
Örülök, hogy annyi év után újra kezembe vettem! Pontosan olyan volt, amire emlékeztem. Hiába ifjúsági könyv, annyira élvezetesek a leírások, hogy minden korosztály számára ajánlanám az elolvasását.
Kevés olyan könyv van, ami a Vikingekről szól (amit sajnálok), de ez messze az egyik legjobb amit olvastam!
Hekja alakja szerethető és ahogy haladunk a történetben végig követhetjük, ahogyan gyermekből felnőtt nő lesz.
Gyorsan lehet haladni az olvasással, bele lehet merülni a történetbe...szinte olyan,
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Jackie is an award-winning writer, wombat negotiator and the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014-2015. She is regarded as one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors, and writes across all genres - from picture books, history, fantasy, ecology and sci-fi to her much loved historical fiction. In her capacity as Australian Children’s Laureate, ‘Share a Story’ will be the primary philosoph ...more
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