The Trolls

The Trolls

by Polly Horvath

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312384197
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 578,570
Product dimensions: 7.68(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

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, the Mr. Christie Award, the international White Raven, and the Young Adult Canadian Book of the Year. Horvath grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She attended the Canadian College of Dance in Toronto and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City. She has taught ballet, waitressed, done temporary typing, and tended babies, but while doing these things she has always also written. Now that her children are in school, she spends the whole day writing, unless she sneaks out to buy groceries, lured away from her desk by the thought of fresh Cheez Whiz. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and two daughters.

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Trolls 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
stornelli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aunt Sally, from Vancouver, comes to visit the Andersons in Ohio to babysit the children while their parents go on a vacation to Paris. Every night her bedtime stories reveal many secrets about their father¿s family life growing up in Canada. Melissa, Amanda and PeeWee enjoyed her stories, treats and surprises during the visit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
hilariously funny,breathtaking stories! you will want to read it again,again,and again! if you want to read a book with trolls in the END that's the book for you.(please read it you might want to buy it from the fabulous store, Barnes & Noble!!!!!!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. It is not bad. The way aunt Sally makes the kids believe in the stories she tell is so good. I wish someone could tell me stories like aunt sally does! It is just a funny book. I love her story about the trolls. It was really intersting. I also liked the chapter the new Mrs.Gunderson. when I first read it. I thought that Mrs.Gunderson was a person but it was not. It was a dog. I really didn't like the ending of the book. It made me want to read more but that was the last page of the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book! It was very interesting to read. I loved the way Aunt Sally told stories about her childhood
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read trolls. It is a funny exciting book that many people will enjoy to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a volunteer literacy reader in public schools, I rushed out to buy this book after I heard about its award and Rosie ODonnell's recommendation. The characters are great and so is much of the story, but imagine my dismay while reading to my primarily African-American fourth graders that the evil trolls have the blackest of black skin, our bad sides are our dark sides, the cruel neighbors who murder their dog just happen to be German, and the mean little girl is also the only one who's fat. All the good characters are white, especially the mysterious, beautiful man who has white hair and blue, blue eyes. I can clearly understand why African-Americans complain about continued stereotypes in literature. Sometimes I wonder if the people giving out the awards have ever read the books.