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The Seven Tales of Trinket

Shelley Moore Thomas

Square Fish

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.

The Seven Tales of Trinket is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012

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THE BARD’S MAP
 
 
The night was cold and the wind whispered softly, rustling leaves and occasionally rattling the shutters of our small cottage. But the sky was so clear I could see every star, even the tiny ones. Despite the chill, I spent a lot of time outside looking at the sky. It was better than being inside our cottage, which held nothing but memories of happier times, and looking at my mother, sick with the wasting. Once she had been pretty, and even as she faced death, her eyes still held a twinkle.
“’Twas what your father first noticed about me:
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  • The Seven Tales of Trinket by Shelley Moore Thomas

    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 batt

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A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

"All storytellers have special powers, as Trinket learns on this incantational Irish odyssey to find her fate and her father." —Richard Peck, Newbery Medal winner

"Trinket is a riveting middle-grade debut—a seamless blend of story and song that tells a thrilling tale of a bard-in-training’s quest to find her father. Utterly enchanting!" —Diane Zahler, author of The Thirteenth Princess

* "Thomas offers an impressive debut novel in which she weaves seven compelling stories together with narrative power and considerable grace." —Booklist, starred review* "Thomas spins tales worthy of her heroine’s aspirations in this nimbly structured collection of seven magical adventures that build into a highly rewarding story." —Publishers Weekly, starred review* "What stands out most is Trinket’s clear voice and loving heart, both of which will endear her to readers." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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THE SEVEN TALES OF TRINKET by Shelley Moore Thomas | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE SEVEN TALES OF TRINKET . Like her main character, Trinket, Thomas clearly loves storytelling, and she has a real talent for it, too.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Shelley Moore Thomas

  • Shelley Moore Thomas is the author of the Good Knight series of picture books and easy readers, including Good Night, Good Knight. In addition to writing books, she works as an elementary teacher and as a professional storyteller. The Seven Tales of Trinket is her first middle-grade novel. Ms. Thomas lives in Oceanside, California.
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The Seven Tales of Trinket

Shelley Moore Thomas

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, California Book Awards Master List, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award Master List
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