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CHILDREN OF RAGNAROK:

Since Ragnarokthe great war between the gods and the forces of chaos—the human realm of the Midlands has become a desperate and dangerous place, bereft of magic.

Sixteen-year-old Eiric Halvorsen is among the luckier ones—his family has remained prosperous. But he stands to lose everything when he’s wrongly convicted by a rigged jury of murdering his modir and stepfadir. Also at risk is Eiric’s half-systir, Liv, who’s under suspicion for her interest in seidr, or magic. Then a powerful jarl steps in: He will pay the blood price if Eiric will lead a mission to the fabled Temple at the Grove—the rich stronghold of the wyrdspinners, the last practitioners of sorcery.

Spellsinger, musician, and runecaster Reginn Eiklund has spent her life performing at alehouses for the benefit of her master, Asger, a fire demon she is desperate to escape. After one performance that amazes even herself, two wyrdspinners in the audience make Reginn an irresistible offer: return with them to the Temple to be trained in seidr, forever free of Asger.

Eiric’s, Liv’s, and Reginn’s journeys converge in New Jotunheim, a paradise fueled by magic and the site of the Temple. They soon realize that a great evil lurks beneath the dazzling surface and that old betrayals and long-held grudges may fuel another cataclysmic war. It will require every gift and weapon at their command to prevent it.

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First Chapter Fridays: Spirit Hunters

This is the first entry in my First Chapter Fridays series. To see the entire series, click the link at the bottom of this post.

Spirit Hunters (Ellen Oh)

This was the first book that came to my mind when thinking about First Chapter Fridays. The story opens with middle schooler Harper Raine unpacking her room from their recent move to Washington, DC. Their new house is actually quite old and unbeknownst to Harper, has a sordid history.

In Chapter 1, Harper’s little brother Michael asks her to come to his room. Harper’s room and the rest of the house are HOT, but Michael’s room is freezing-cold. There, Michael introduces Harper to his new friend “Billy,” who Michael says is standing in the corner. Harper sees no one. Michael tells Harper that Billy used to live in their house. He also tells Harper that “Billy said not to go up to the attic.” Harper mutters something about this “stupid house,” and Michael tells her, “Billy doesn’t like it when you call his house stupid.”

Y’all. This is just the first chapter. I LOVED this book so much. It’s middle grade, but it’s so creepy! Even better is that once you hook students on the first book, there is a sequel called Island of the Monsters.

  • Recommended for: Grades 4-7
  • Genre: horror, scary stories
  • Keywords: haunted houses, possession, ghosts, brothers and sisters, Washington, DC, grandmothers
  • Protagonist: middle school girl; Korean American
  • Length of Chapter 1: 9 pages
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Do you do First Chapter Fridays? What titles have been popular with your students? Add your favorites in the comments below (don’t forget to add grade levels)!

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