Gr 7 Up Franck focuses on immigrants from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. After discussing the population's Viking heritage, she examines the geography of each country and its political situation prior to the first main wave of immigration in the early 19th Century. Reasons for immigration are given, along with descriptions of the varied settlements in the ``new country'' and the difficulties that the immigrants faced. Franck does not lump the Scandinavian countries together, but instead delineates the distinct differences among the people based on landscape, location, political climate, and social history. The book is well organized, but it is an organization that leads to dullness. Because each nationality is covered in the same fashion, the repetition of format is good for research purposes but does not make for exciting reading. Although a few excerpts are given from letters written by the settlers to the families back home, there is no warmth or humanism to the telling. This is a ``facts only'' book. Engle's The Finns in America (1977) and Hillbrand's The Norwegians in America (1967) and The Swedes in America (1966, all Lerner) cover much of the same information for a slightly younger audience, although those titles offer more detail on contributions of Scandinavian-Americans to 19th- and 20th-Century science, arts, and politics. A bibliography of adult titles is included in Franck's book, and indeed adults could use this book. Susan Schuller, Milwaukee Public Lib .