Troll Hunters

Troll Hunters

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by Michael Dahl, Ben Kovar
     
 

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Far above the small town of Zion Falls, the stars fall from the sky. Deep below the sleepy city, an ancient evil awakens. Caught in the middle are four friends who find powers beyond their wildest dreams — and monsters worse than their darkest nightmares.

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Far above the small town of Zion Falls, the stars fall from the sky. Deep below the sleepy city, an ancient evil awakens. Caught in the middle are four friends who find powers beyond their wildest dreams — and monsters worse than their darkest nightmares.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
A demolished rabbit hutch seemed a small start to an invasion, but it was the first sign that the trolls had arrived. Seven-year-old Louise Tooker’s screams were the second. It was the night of the Draconid meteor shower, and before the sun rose, the lives of local children Louise, Zak, Thora, and Pablo would be changed forever. The four are rescued from a troll attack in the woods by the mysterious Dr. Hoo, who lives in a tall tower that no one remembers seeing before tonight. When even this secretive stronghold comes under attack, the new friends discover Dr. Hoo may not be the only one with magic…and that their meeting was anything but accidental. Dahl’s narrative starts with a bang and rarely slows its breakneck ride through high-stakes battles and uncovered secrets, while Kovar’s smoky sketches allow the reader to fill in details using their imagination. Teachers will appreciate the book’s short, gripping chapters—ideal for younger readers or reading aloud—as well as its shallow introduction to Greek mythology and constellations. Despite its young tone, the book does not shy away from character’s deaths. Readers prepared for this (graciously handled) conclusion should enjoy Dahl’s wild gallop through subterranean towers, slimy fanged toads, starlit warriors and unbreakable friendship. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor; Ages 9 to 12.
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—In the small town of Zion Falls, on the night of the spectacular Draconids meteor shower, four children are chosen to defend their homes and families from the coming of the gathool, a race of evil subterranean trolls. The children discover that they each have a secret power, and they are helped by mysterious Doctor Hoo, but will they be strong enough to save the world from death and destruction… or worse? Troll Hunters starts out promisingly, with strong Lovecraftian overtones, but it never really accelerates beyond that and stays basically on one level throughout. The premise is pretty basic: a group of people assemble to fight a heretofore unknown but deadly menace, and a sense of dread appropriately permeates the story. However, some of the characters are more fleshed out than others, even though they all have a moment in which they shine (sometimes literally). The book is divided into four chapters representing four consecutive nights, but the action is constant and readers never get a sense that much time has passed at all. Troll Hunters is pretty heavy throughout and at times inconsistent but it reads quickly and there is enough action for reluctant readers.—Erik Knapp, Davis Library, Plano, TX
Kirkus Reviews
"Beneath the vast volcanic lakes / Beneath the fiery core, / An ancient, ageless Evil wakes / And starts to rise once more." This poem sets the tone for a horror tale that offers middle-graders a fast, compelling read. On the night of the Draconid meteor shower, trolls hungry for human flesh invade the rural town of Zion Falls. Four youngsters--Louise, Pablo, Zak and Thora--are saved by a three-armed man, Dr. Hoo, who predicts that they have magical powers that will save the world. The story mixes trolls from the Norse tradition with constellations from Greco-Roman mythology. Atmosphere builds with changing landscapes: Peaceful countryside morphs to menacing, while the trolls' underground home is a terrifying inferno. The four kids chosen as heroes have distinct characters and magical powers; other people merely serve the plot. The climax provides surprises and a bittersweet ending. Black-and-white illustrations add to the horror and mood of the story. Compulsive plot, non-stop action and the battle between modern-day good and ancient evil attract boys and girls alike, and the fast-moving narrative, lots of suspense and cumulating violence will keep them reading. A page-turner. (Horror. 10-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434245908
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Series:
Troll Hunters Series
Pages:
313
Sales rank:
646,409
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.86(d)
Lexile:
580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Meet the Author

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher's Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. And he has won awards for his board books for the earliest learners, Duck Goes Potty and Bear Says "Thank You!" Dahl has written and edited numerous graphic novels for younger readers, authored the Library of Doom adventure series, the Dragonblood books, Trollhunters, and the Hocus Pocus Hotel mystery/comedy series. Dahl has spoken at schools, libraries, and conferences across the US and the UK, including ALA, AASL, IRA, and Renaissance Learning. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a haunted house.

Ben Kovar was born in London. He trained in film and animation and spent several years as an animator and art director before moving into writing and illustrating fiction. He lives in an attic, likes moisture, and has a fear of sunlight and small children.

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Troll Hunters 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book I just get lost in it it is the greatest book ever!!!!!