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The Missing Barbegazi

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  28 reviews

Tessa discovers the healing power of wishes when she sets out to find a missing Barbegazi, said to live in the mountains near her village. Meeting one is only the beginning of an adventure that unites generations and teaches Tessa that trust is at the heart of the best relationships.

A delightful story about families, love and learning that some secrets are best kept secret
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 4th 2018 by Pushkin Children's Books
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Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not a person that reads winter books during winter and summer books during summer, but when I do it, I always like it so much! This book takes place between Christmas and New Year and it's very winter-y and I totally had that vibe. I think it's a great Middle School book and I, as an adult, also enjoyed the story a lot!

A longer review can be found at BiteIntoBooks

The book felt just very cute, winte
I like this book a lot that I ended up finishing it within a day. The story started the day after Christmas and ended on New Year’s Eve. The author put so much details in writing within that week of the story plot. The author did a nice job to keep me interested albeit of emotions needed in the book when Tessa just lost her Opa and when her Oma ended up in the hospital.

The story is about magic, friendship, family and TRUST. This is a good children’s book that gives the young readers wide imagin
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it

Rating: 3.3/5

Review: Initially, I was surprised at how good this novel was. Despite the YA intent, this author puts everything together in seamless fashion. Tessa’s emotive internalization’s drive the novel in directions that are unexpected in outcome. Scenes that you expect to play out in a certain way, end up delightfully itinerant.

About midway through, the story line started to languish under Tessa’s constant inner dithering. So much so, that I started flipping pages to find some action in th
This was an enjoyable middle grade story! Thank you to NetGalley for the chance to read it. It has some terms not every US middle grader might be familiar with, but as the story goes on, it's fairly easy to figure them out. Or, it could lead to looking them up! That's always good! I enjoyed the characters of Tessa and Felix and of course the Barbegazi. You can feel the author's love of skiing, the Alps and mythical magic. I loved the setting. It made me long to be able to ski in a place like thi ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-release, arc, 2019
A fun fast-paced read!

May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Missing Barbegazi is the debut novel from Danish author, H. S. Norup. It is set in the wintery backdrop of the alpine mountains and is the tale of a young girl in search of the mythical creature from her Opa's stories. The Barbegazi are a gnome or dwarf-like creature covered in white fur, with a long beard, and large feet, they live in the freezing cold in shelters covered in snow and help people who become trapped after an avalanche. Each chapter alternates between Tessa and Gawion and is s ...more
Naomi Forrest
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is Helle Norup's debut novel and was featured as a Sunday Times Children's Book of the Year. It is magical and the perfect book to read as you curl up in your pyjamas with a cup of hot chocolate.

A Barbegazi, in case you are wondering as I did, is a type of Swiss mountain/snow elf with a long beard that can only live in freezing conditions and has a severe intolerance to iron. The story is told from the point of view of Tessa, a young skier and Gaiwon, a barbegazi who is hunting for his mis
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
   The Missing Barbegazi is more than the story of one girl, Tessa, wanting to find the elusive barbegazi of the Alps to prove to her former friend Lisa that her and her recently deceased grandfather Opa are not crazy to believe that they exist.

   It is also the story of Gawion, a 150-years-young barbegazi youth starting to show his independence and act upon his own instincts when it comes to who to trust to find his missing sister, Maeg.

   Both Tessa and Gawion are learning about who to trust i
Thanks Kidlit Exchange and again Jolly Fish Press for the ARC of debut author HS Norup’s Middle Grade fantasy THE MISSING BARBEGAZI.

I love me some crypto stories and obscure folklore, which means I bought hook, line, and sinker the urban legend that every single story in “Western” (AKA white European) folklore has been retold a trillion times. Wrong!

Meet the barbegazi, a furry white Alpine gnome/mini Bigfoot creature that for some reason isn’t discussed much online. I guess most cryptid hunters
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this wintry adventure, we meet Tessa as she learns of the existence of creatures called barbegazis, who live in the snowy mountains of her town, and becomes caught up in the search to save them once she meets Gawion after an accident while out skiing. Though I thought the book was quite slow paced up till the point where they formed an alliance to bring down the person attempting to capture the barbegazis, it really picked up after that point, and it was exciting to watch the plot unfold and ...more
Kate Waggoner
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
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Thank you to the publisher @jollyfishpress and the author @hsnorup for sharing an advance copy of The Missing Barbegazi with the #kidlitexchange network. This book will hit shelves in the US on November 12, 2019.

Tessa has grown up listening to her grandfather's stories of the fabled barbegazi. Now, she's dealing with the grief of the death of her grandfather and her grandmother's declining health (she seems to be suffering of a broken heart) and Tessa is determined to fi
RJ McGill
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school, 6-8 grade, ages 9+
This is a magical, imaginative, and fun, fast read for middle graders. The story focuses on a young girl named Tessa and an old tale her Grandfather (Opa in Switzerland, Germany) told her. She was very close to him and was struggling to deal with his death. So she was determined to find the gnome-like creatures called Barbegazi that once saved her beloved Grandfather's life.

Thus begins the snowy adventure in search of the berry-loving snow-dwellers. We follow the two main character's plot-lines,
Sinéad O'Hart
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive a proof copy of this lovely book from Pushkin Children's - thank you.

The Missing Barbegazi is a charming tale, mixing elements of MC Tessa's real life with ingredients straight out of a fairytale. At the same time as Tessa is dealing with the grief of losing her beloved Opa, the illness of her Oma, the pressure of competing in a prestigious skiing competition and life as a twelve-year-old (all of which is finely observed), her story interweaves with the tale of Gawi
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a2, a5, pushkin, dec, 2018
A fantastic adventure story set deep in the snowy mountains. The skiing terminology threw me at first; I figured most of it out from context, but it was quite unfamiliar to me. It didn't really matter, anyway, because I got swept up in the adventure story. This is a fascinating story of a young girl meeting the Yeti like creature her grandfather was scorned for believing in. I hope it's going to be a series, as a couple of minor story threads are left at the end, but if not it works fine on its ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Missing Barbegazi is possibly one of the best children’s books I’ve read this year. Tessa has very recently lost her Opa and her Oma is heartbroken.
To reconnect with his memory, Tessa follows his paths up the snowy mountain trails where she skis, in hopes of seeing a mythical Barbegazi.
No-one believes they exist apart from her, and her Opa, who said he had been saved by one.

Gawion, a Barbegazi, loses his sister in an avalanche, and when she cannot be found, the whole family worries she has
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Missing Barbegazi by H. S. Norup is a fantastic children's tale, drawing on little-known mythology to construct an engaging winter story. Tessa, a talented young snow-skier, believes in the barbegazi because her late Opa was saved by one after he was trapped by an avalanche. When the barbegazi find themselves in danger, it is Tessa and her cousin Felix who must risk all to save them.

The book switches between two primary points of view: Tessa's and the young male barbegazi, Gawion's. Despite
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tessa’s grandfather has died. Her grandmother is ill and goes to the hospital. Meanwhile Tessa is searching for the barbegazi that her deceased grandfather told her about. When practicing for a ski race, she falls and can’t get out of the snow. A barbegazi rescues her. He then makes her forget him. However a dream she has makes her remember seeing it. She returns to find him again when a man dressed in all white goes past the safety line to ski. Somehow Tessa decides that isn’t what he is planni ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received an eArc of this book from Netgalley.

This was such a cute story! In it we follow Tessa who is dealing with the recent loss of her grandfather and is desperately trying to find evidence of the barbegazi, who he swore saved him years ago from an avalanche. We also follow a family of barbegazis who are dealing with the disappearance of one of their family members.

The book is peppered with lore about the barbegazis and their habits/mythology which I thought was a really nice touch. Throu
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, netgalley
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed the concept of the book. The “barbegazi” and Tessa's adventure to search for them was an amusing and imaginative read.

The book seems very whimsical but it doesn't seem unlikely either that there could be creatures roaming around the world that H.S. Norup creates.

There's a special place in my child-like heart for this book.

It has an adventure, self-discovery, and magical creatures while exploring family and friendship. I loved how
Nadia King
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Barbegazi are mythical creatures from Swiss and French folklore. Author @hsnorup’s middle grade adventure story, The Missing Barbegazi gives readers another perspective on these creatures. Tessa is grieving for her Opa. Her grandfather used to tell her stories and he had a secret but died before he could share it with her. The book begins in the middle of Tessa’s grief. She wants more than anything to discover barbegazi are real - and this sets her on an adventure where she comes to understand t ...more
Ian Tymms
Delightful and quirky. The alignment of Tessa’s world of competition skiing and Gawion’s life as a mythical alpine elf seems too improbable as a basis for a young adult novel but it works and works well. There’s something about the authenticity of Tessa’s life - with her focus on daily training and appropriate safety gear - that contrasts with Gawion’s elvish existence to produce a tale that is oddly authentic. Filled with adventure and friendship and villains and hot chocolate. It’s heartwarmin ...more
Debbie Gascoyne
I was given an electronic copy of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sadly this just didn't quite work for me. It's a nice and quite imaginative story, but it needed a bit more delicate touch with the emotional aspects and a bit more flair with the imaginative ones. I never got a real sense of place, except lots of snow. I think of how well someone like Diana Wynne Jones could have written this story (which is maybe not a fair comparison, but then again...)
Juliette Forrest
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grieving the loss of her beloved grandfather, Tessa embarks on a mission to prove that the barbegazi do exist in the mountains by her village. What follows is a sublime adventure to save one of the last barbegazi from the clutches of the villainous Professor Bahne. This is an enchanting debut full of heart, trust, family secrets and magic. Beautifully written, this tale is a breath of fresh air and one not to be missed.
I received an arc of this book on netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

Interesting concept, but it got really slow in the middle, so I got bored and it didn't completely get tied up in the end, which was a little annoying.
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is really amazing, we really like it. It’s so exciting when we need to stop a chapter and we can’t wait to start the next one. (Written by a 9 yr old)
Charlotte Pearson
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautiful original tale with everyday fantasy and lots of adventure.

Tessa's Opa has died. He showed Tessa how to ski off piste and to believe in the magic of the Barbegazi, a small furry creature of the snow.

Gawion is a Barbegazi, and when his sister Maeg disappears his path crosses with Tessa's.

Tessa begins to learn about the beauty of the barbegazi and the importance of keeping them hidden from humans.

A beautiful, original tale with themes of loss, conservation and family.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fantastic adventure of a girl who is searching for a glimpse of the mountain elves who saved her recently grandfather when he was young.
Saving survivors of avalanches the Barbegazi themselves are hidden creatures who have lived alone in groups in the Alpines.
As each chapter follows 11yr ild Tessa and then 53 yr old Gawion, there are snippets from a professors'study with facts found during a capture if such creatures.
When Gawion sister goes missing can he trust a human to help!?
I loved the ba
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H. S. Norup is the author of The Missing Barbegazi, a Sunday Times Book of the Year in 2018.
Originally from Denmark, she has lived in six different countries and now resides in Switzerland with her husband and two teenage sons. She has a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration and sixteen years’ experience in corporate marketing strategy and communications.
When she’s not writing o

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