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The Boy with the Bronze Ax | Chapter Books for Kids | Ages 8 to 12 years

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Kathleen Fidler's classic story is set in the ancient Stone Age village of Skara Brae on Orkney. 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 tides. Then, an unexpected rescuer appears, a strange boy in a strange boat, carrying a strangely sharp axe of a type they have never seen before.

Conflict arises as the village of Skara must decide what to do with the new ideas and practices that the boy brings. As a deadly storm threatens, the very survival of the village is in doubt.

Step back into the Stone Age and learn about the daily life and rituals of the ancient village of Skara Brae in this compelling, fictional account of the famous Orkney settlement. Vivid descriptions and accurate historical details bring the village to life and make this an ideal choice for those studying the Stone Age curriculum.



  • Written by Kathleen Fiddler.
  • Published by Floris Books-Kelpies, Edinburgh, Scotland; May 15, 2012.
  • Ages 8 to 12 years
  • Softcover

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'This is a fascinating story about a stone-age village on Orkney and their struggle to deal with new technology and ways of thinking. An ideal read for history fans.'
- Waterstone's Guide to Children's Books

'As stories about the Stone Age communities are not that plentiful, teachers of Year 3 might struggle to find something that will appeal. This is a good story about Skara Brae and the changes that affect a community as it moves from one type of culture base to another. It is not a 'horrible history' type of book but a genuine fiction that children enjoy following. Thumbs up from Year 3 so far!'
- Teacher review (via Amazon.co.uk)

'10 to 14-year-olds will get excited about The Boy With the Bronze Axe, set in prehistoric times.'
- Greenock Telegraph

'I read this book at the age of 10. It was my first novel about prehistoric times and lead me to buying many more as I got older. Great for children with an interest in archaeology or history. 5 stars.'
- Amazon.com reviewer