Jack the Viking
As if bombing out at the interschool swimming champs wasn't bad enough, now Jack's become the target of the school bully. How he wishes he was an all-conquering, fearless Viking warrior, like the ones in his favourite books. But Jack discovers how dangerous wishing can be when he wakes to find himself in a strange and desperate world - Norway in the time of the Vikings, 900 years ago. Now he must prove himself - and in so doing, he finds an inner strength that will serve him well on his return to his own life.
Melinda Syzmanik is the author of the picture book Clever Moo, and The Were-Nana. This is her first novel, which she plans to follow with a follow-up story of Jack's return to the Viking times just in time to be involved in a war.