[starred review] The Seven Tales of Trinket.
Thomas, Shelley Moore (Author)
Sep 2012. 384 p. Farrar, hardcover, $16.99. (9780374367459).
Alone after her mother’s death, 11-year-old Trinket decides to follow in the footsteps of her father, a
traveling bard who left when she was six years old and never returned to his family. Trinket, who longs to
become a teller of tales as well, sets off with her loyal friend Thomas in hopes of reuniting with her father.
Along the way, they find hardship and trouble as well as friendship and magic. Relying on their wits, they
face cruel, powerful foes, including a banshee, a ghost, and the faerie queen. Readers may guess Trinket’s
father’s identity before he appears on the page, but that will not diminish the tension when their
problematic meetings leave her with conflicting emotions and a difficult choice of endings. The novel is
structured as seven tales Trinket tells of her adventures on the road. Each ends with a song. In the
appended notes, Thomas discusses the roots of the stories, which were inspired mainly by Celtic folklore.
A storyteller as well as the writer of Good Night, Good Knight (2000) and its sequels, Thomas offers an
impressive debut novel in which she weaves seven compelling stories together with narrative power and
— Carolyn Phelan
|See? Trinket is deep in thought about what it's like to have three stars.|
But the best thing is a boy came up to me the other day who said, "Mrs. Thomas, I finished your book!!"
Me: "What was your favorite part?"
Boy: "And so..."(referring to a specific part in the book.)
Me: I liked that part, too.
Boy: But you should have written more. I mean, there could be more of the story....
I suppose there is always more of the story! But the best part of being a children's author is having kids interact with your book, and then with you. It's just, well, magical.
I've got a big, fat, truthful post brewing, but little time to write it. Hopefully soon, before it just explodes out of me.