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Title:
The trolls
Author:
Horvath, Polly.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999.
Physical Description:
135 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Summary:
Eccentric Aunt Sally comes from Canada to babysit the Anderson children while their parents are on a trip to Paris and every night the bedtime story adds another piece to a very suspect family history.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
810 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 5.0 36568.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.9 8 Quiz: 21807 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780374377878
Format :
Book

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Summary

Laugh-out-loud stories within a story

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.


Author Notes

Polly Horvath has written four previous hilarious novels, including When the Circus Came to Town , which received a starred review in School Library Journal . She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

When the baby-sitter cancels at the last minute, Aunt Sally fills in and shares plenty of tall tales in this National Book Award finalist, about which PW said, "Horvath's dry humor runs like a current through the book, sweeping readers along in the breathless anticipation of the next bit of absurdity." Ages 8-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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