Me procrastinating my actual school work with Mara und der Feuerbringer (Mara and the Firebringer) by Tommy Krappweis. Book 2 (The Death Mark), to be precise.
It's a wonderfully hilarious and at the same time educational novel about a young girl, who is the last spákona (seer) and as such must prevent the ragnarök from happening. It contains a lot of information on nordic-germanic mythology and historical facts, without ever turning into a textbook.
1) Mara and her partner-in-crime, Professor Weissinger, meet the sassy and equally intelligent Dr. Stefanie Warnatzsch-Abra, who also happens to be the Professor's ex-wife. Hilarity ensues.
2) A rather scrawly height-comparison between Mara and the eponymous Firebringer, Loge (plus, the accompanying LotR-quote from the book).
3) Mara catches Ratatösk (not to be confused with Rattata) trying to steal the magic staff that she needs to defeat the Firebringer. It looks cute and fluffy, but that's about all the positive that can be said about this little squirrel.
Hope you like it!
(and if you can, watch the movie that will come out at Easter 2015! i had the privilege of a small sneak preview and I'm looking forward to it more than ever!)
Mara und der Feuerbringer - Das Todesmal is (c) Tommy Krappweis