Viking Boy: the Real Story: Everything you need to know about the Vikings

Illustrator: Thomas Sperling

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Walker Books

Age 8+

Children's & Young Adult: General Non-Fiction

A sparky non-fiction guide to the Viking world, told by the hero of Tony Bradman’s bestselling novel Viking Boy. Take a real-life tour of the everyday world of Gunnar, a teenage Viking boy: find out how the Vikings lived, what they believed, how they travelled and fought, and gained their legendary reputation as warriors. Gunnar tells us the real story of growing up as a Viking in an exciting first-hand account, introducing us to family and friends, famous warriors, sea-raiders and even a Norse god! Packed with historical facts, figures and anecdotes, with illustrated information panels on topics from Viking poetry to battle and bloodlust, this is a brilliant new read for Viking fanatics, both at home and in the classroom.


Tony Bradman has worked in children's books for over 30 years as a writer, reviewer, and editor of anthologies. He is the author of the bestselling Walker historical middle-grade novels, Viking Boy and Anglo-Saxon Boy, for which he won the Historical Association Young Quills Award 2018. His books include the Dilly the Dinosaur picture-book series, which sold 2 million copies worldwide. He has been a judge for the Smarties Book Prize, Booktrust Teen Awards and is chair of the Siobhan Dowd Trust.

Thomas Sperling is the award-winning illustrator of over fifty books, ranging from revised classics to early reading series. He also illustrates for The New York Times and CBS Television. Thomas splits his time between Florida in the US and Somerset in the UK.

Cover illustration by Judit Tondora, a graphic artist and comic book creator who has illustrated superheroes from Wonderwoman to the crew of Star Trek.


Featured in The Bookseller’s November previews.

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Following Tony Bradman’s award-winning novel, Viking Boy, this is a tour of the world of the Vikings: their homes, longships, mythology and sagas, with detailed pictures, a fictional framework and intriguing facts.

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