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The Seven Tales of Trinket by Shelley Moore Thomas (Sept 2012, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ages 8 to 12)
Source: hardcover purchased from bookstore
Synopsis (from Indiebound): Guided by a tattered map, accompanied by Thomas the Pig Boy, and
inspired by the storyteller’s blood that thrums through her veins,
eleven-year-old Trinket searches for the seven stories she needs to
become a bard like her father, who disappeared years before. She
befriends a fortune-telling gypsy girl; returns a child stolen by the
selkies to his true mother; confronts a banshee and receives a message
from a ghost; helps a village girl outwit—and out-dance—the Faerie
Queen; travels beyond the grave to battle a dastardly undead Highwayman;
and meets a hound so loyal he fights a wolf to the death to protect the
baby prince left in his charge. All fine material for six tales, but it
is the seventh tale, in which Trinket learns her father’s true fate,
that changes her life forever.
Why I liked it: The best thing about the book, of course, is Trinket! She comes across as very real, human, flawed and yet lovable. She wants desperately to be a good storyteller as her father was, but she's shy about actually telling the stories to people they meet. So she listens and observes and gathers the tales for later telling. I had no trouble guessing what happened to her father, but I doubt a tween reader would figure it out. Filled with vivid descriptions, this book has a decidedly medieval flavor and stories based on Celtic folklore. My favorites are the Selkie's tale and the Banshee's tale. The Seven Tales of Trinket would make a perfect read-aloud.
You might recognize Shelley Moore Thomas as the author of the adorable Good Knight series of picture books and young readers. This is her first middle grade novel.
And here's the giveaway I promised you last week. I will use random.org to choose one lucky winner of my hardcover copy. The rules are simple: You must be a follower and you must leave a comment on this post. International entries welcome. This giveaway will end at 11:00 pm EDT on Saturday October 13 (edited to fix the date!), 2012. Good luck!