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WyrdHQ_HWCHistorical fiction for kids. Set in Britain before the Viking invasion in the year that Mercia chose to break away from Northumbria, the Children of Snotingas is a children’s adventure series in the best tradition of Enid Blyton and Arthur Ransome in the time of the Anglo-Saxons.

Filled with adventure, action, war, betrayal, friendship, political intrigue and love that changes alliances, it is the ideal book for children between the ages of 7 and 13 as well as adults that never grew up.

Wyrd mock upThe series starts in 626AD as the influential kingdom of Mercia is just beginning to form.  Set in Snotingham (now known as Nottingham) the series follows the children who live in the settlement through the battles and betrayals that saw King Penda create the most powerful Anglo-Saxon Kingdom.

Step back in time to the age of King Penda, when the kingdom of Mercia was born.

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Life in Anglo-Saxon England is far from fair. There are strict classes that all people fall into. At the top there are the kings, then the thanes. After the thanes come the warriors, then the ceorls, and at the very bottom are the slaves. Women are not equal to men; and then there are the prisoners.

The books, like the Children of Ribe series, have been formatted to help children who have dyslexia to be able to read a little more easily and give them an opportunity to engage with literature. Why children with dyslexia? You can read about it in C.S. Woolley’s own words here or you can see her talking about it (and reading) here.

The Children focuses on a select number of children and a sprinkling of adults that you can read more about in our characters section below.

Hild mock upThe Children of Snotingas series aims to provide a fictional books that are not only enjoyable for children to read, but are also as accurate as possible to help support the National Curriculum of the United Kingdom. The books feature information on:

  • everyday village life
  • the different classes that existed in Anglo Saxon society
  • the different duties and jobs of these classes
  • the difference between men and women
  • weapons used in battles
  • historical place names
  • Anglo Saxon character names
  • People that were alive at the time and shaped the fate of the country
  • Marrying between tribes and nations to try and forge alliances
  • Beliefs
  • Other cultural elements
  • Wildlife and threats

 

 

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Today is the day! Wyrd has finally been released after several delays. Yes, you can now step back in time to the 700s with this Anglo Saxon series, set before the Viking invasion, the Children of Snotingas follows a group of children as King Penda separates from Northumbria and the kingdom of Mercia is born.

Wyrd is the first book in the series and marks the start of the first story arc of 8 books that explore the lives of nobles and slaves alike during the time of the Anglo Saxons. Using historical accounts, C.S. Woolley has pieced together this world and the events that occurred 1300 years ago in order to bring them to life for children and adults alike.

The Children of Snotingas

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Wyrd: Book 1 The Children of Snotingas by C.S. Woolley, artwork by Davy Ross

 

Step back in time to the age of King Penda, when the kingdom of Mercia was born.

Life in Anglo-Saxon England is far from fair. There are strict classes that all people fall into. At the top there are the kings, then the thanes. After the thanes come the warriors, then the ceorls, and at the very bottom are the slaves. Women are not equal to men; and then there are the prisoners.

With Mercia breaking away from Northumbria and war stirring the blood, there are a handful of boys that want to change their lot in life and move from being slaves to warriors. Wayland, Halsey and Channing are the sons of slaves that have the chance to change their stars and train with the sons of the ceorls to become warriors in Snot’s army. Ravinger, the youngest son of Snot, has been put in charge of their training.

But all is not well in Snotingas. Kipp, Morven and Nyle are prisoners of Snot, captured sons of the Thane’s of Northumbria, and they are determined to cause as many problems as they can for their captors. Though the sons of Snotingas are preparing for battle, the sons of Northumbria still have to contend with the daughters of Snotingas.

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When I started writing the Children of Ribe, I wanted to do something different with these books

– C.S. Woolley

Though you might not know it to look at the extensive catalogue of books that C.S. Woolley has produced, but she actually has dyslexia. Our company founder is a prolific writer in spite of this and has recently gone on camera to tell children who have dyslexia and parents about why she wrote the Children of Ribe books, how she has set the books to make it easier to read if you have dyslexia and to help children fall in love with literature like she has.

The Children of Ribe series is the first children’s book series by C.S. Woolley. The books are set in Viking Denmark and follow a group of children that are striving to save their home from the fires of war. The series features the following titles:

FATE

Welcome to Denmark, home of the Vikings When fate knocks at the door, it doesn’t matter how old you are or whether you want to go on an adventure or not. Join Erland Kabelsen, Christian Andersen, Dalla Ingeborgsdotter, Eva Axeldatter, Riki Andersen and Wifrith the Wolf as they set out on a journey that will change their lives and save their people.

WAR

The council of Jelling has begun With one of the arm rings of Yngvar found, the children of Ribe and their guardian beast, Wifrith, set out to find the remaining seven rings. But war is the furthest thing from the minds of Erland, Dalla, Christian, Eva and Riki as in order to find the second arm ring of Yngvar, the children have to face a dragon.

WIFRITH

The Saga Continues. Still on the island of Fyn, the children find themselves separated by magic and fate. Will they find what the next arm ring of Yngvar on the islands or will the men of Hedeby finally catch up with them? War has come to Ribe adding even more danger to path that Erland, Dalla, Eva, Christian and Riki walk and Eva is becoming more and more concerned over Wifrith’s odd behaviour.

DOUBT

Even in the most stalwart of hearts there is room for doubt. Three of the arm rings have been found, but with the winter fast approaching, the Children of Ribe begin to believe that they won’t be able to find all the arm rings in time to stop King Viggo Odinsen.

The other books in the series are:

SKÅNE, SHIPWRECKED, FEAR, HOME, TREASON, MURDER, SEDITION, STRIFE, SUSPICION, ALLEGIANCE, DECEIT, REGICIDE, BETRAYAL, LINDHOLM, ÁLFHEIMR, YGGDRASIL, HEL, VALHALLA, RAGNAROK and JUDGEMENT.

The first book, WYRD, in her Anglo Saxon series, The Children of Snotingas, is also written and formatted in the same way. Both of these book series are designed to help children learn about the Vikings and Anglo Saxons alongside studying the two time periods in school – as well as encouraging children with dyslexia to read.

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