The Trolls by Polly HorvathThe Trolls by Polly Horvath

The Trolls

byPolly Horvath

Paperback | September 30, 2008

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Aunt Sally is beyond any of Melissa, Amanda, and Pee Wee's expectations. She has come all the way from Vancouver Island, Canada, to take care of the children while their parents are away, and right from the start, Aunt Sally enchants them with tales of her childhood with their father. Odd characters figure largely in the stories, like Maud, a hunter rumored to have killed eighty cougars; Great-uncle Louis, a health nut who insists everyone should gnaw on sticks for extra fiber; and Fat Little Mean Girl, the star of a cautionary tale involving witchcraft and candy. All of Aunt Sally's reminiscences lead up to a crucial story about trolls, sinister creatures who supposedly lurked along the shore at night. The trolls had the power to change Aunt Sally's life forever, and their legacy may change the lives of the three present-day children as well.

Polly Horvath is the author of many books for young people, including Everything on a Waffle, The Pepins and Their Problems, and The Canning Season. Her numerous awards include the Newbery Honor, the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature, t...
Title:The TrollsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.6 × 5.19 × 0.44 inPublished:September 30, 2008Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031238419X

ISBN - 13:9780312384197

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better children's lit books out there I really wanted to like this book. In university, I had taken a children’s literature class and absolutely loved each and every book we read for it that I thought I would love most books of the genre. The Trolls, by Polly Horvath, had been sitting on my shelf for a while–as to most books, I’m sad to say–before I got around to reading it. I had picked it up to read for the Dewey 24-Hour Read-a-Thon after reading advice that I should take advantage of my 24-hours and read some of the smaller, children’s lit books I may have hiding on my shelves. At first, I was very intrigued. The story seemed interesting and I was laughing out loud (“They’re full of vitamins, boy! They’re full of vitamins!”), but after I while I started to grow bored and found myself trying to read faster and faster, just so I could say I read it and it was finished. The story didn’t seem to go anywhere. There never was any climax or real suspense going on, just a lot of little stories within a story. Sure, this can work for some books, but after the great beginning, I found myself wanting more. Perhaps a younger reader would get more out of it and maybe it was just my age holding me back from really liking it. I would recommend this if you’re strapped for a read and want something quick, but there are better children’s lit books out there.
Date published: 2012-01-13

Editorial Reviews

"An unconventional aunt blows in from Vancouver to pinch-hit as babysitter, and offers two sisters and their brother an entrancing view of family history . . . Most sections are . . . hilarious, as is the snappy and perfectly timed dialogue. After the last laugh, Aunt Sally's hard-won understanding of human nature will leave readers with plenty to ponder." -Kirkus Reviews"Original and entertaining . . . [A] witty, clever, and involving book." -Booklist, Starred Review"Horvath's dry humor runs like a current through the book, sweeping readers along in the breathless anticipation of the next bit of absurdity." -Publishers Weekly"Polly Horvath has produced a small gem. She knows just how to twist language to make readers sit up and take notice. . . . She draws her characters with such precision that they peak without ever going over the top." -New York Times Book Review