Edda wants to live up to her first name, which was given to her in reference to a famous Viking and leave her nickname „Mouse“ and all it implies behind her.
At school some bully is making her life difficult and the safety she felt at home was shattered when some burglars broke into her home on her birthday. She realizes they took more than her new watch and iPod, but the sense of safety that was always connected for her with her home.
She meets the new kid, who seems to be having special powers and who offers to help her build a Golem, which would protect her. She has to overcome some of her fears to fulfill the tasks he lays out for her to get the ingredients needed.
Yes, it is a tale about bullying and solutions that only seem great for a moment, but bring larger problems and about finding inner courage, but it is also an entertaining story about 2 kids creating a monster and finding and preserving friendship. The message is clear enough but not overly pointed out all the time. The author gives the young readers credit to draw some conclusions in their head without having them pointed out too obviously, which I greatly appreciate.
Edda is a likeable character the reader can identify with and the story is written in a light and charming way with constantly growing arc of suspense.
Friendship, alchemy and adventure are whipped up into an enjoyable tale for young readers.