Seven Magical Tales of Wonder and Adventure
The Seven Tales of Trinket
by Shelley Moore Thomas
Paperback Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Original Publication Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Square Fish
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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. On her magical journey she befriends a fortune-telling Gypsy girl; seeks a child stolen by selkies; confronts a banshee; outwits a dangerous fairy; battles a dastardly undead highwayman; and defends a baby prince’s loyal four-legged friend. All fine material for six tales, but it is the seventh tale that changes Trinket forever.
If you are a quester in pursuit of the next good read for your child, your hunt begins and ends right here. The Seven Tales of Trinket is no trifle; it’s a small treasure filled with seven interconnected timeless tales of fantasy, adventure, and suspense that collectively form a whole. You’ll feel transported to another time and place, as if you are gathered ’round the fire listening to the tales of a traveling storyteller. Like the bards in her tales, Shelley Moore Thomas spins yarns that spark the imagination and hold her audience happily captive.
After her mother’s death, aided only by her young neighbor Thomas and a hand-drawn map, eleven-year-old Trinket sets out to find the father who, when she was six, left home and never returned. Trinket is a loveable heroine with a strong voice and a pure heart. So as you journey with her and Thomas, you’ll be emotionally invested in their safety and success.
At their first stop, Trinket forms an unlikely friendship with a young gypsy seer who tells her that she will find her answers while expounding that “every question has more than one answer. Every story more than one ending.” She advises Trinket to create her own destiny and “find [her] own tales for the telling.” Thus Trinket, aspiring to follow in the footsteps of her famous father James the Bard, embarks on a voyage to collect seven tales. Her goal is to be armed with a story to tell each night, so she may comfortably stay in one place for a week.
Along the way, Trinket and Thomas encounter both worldly and otherworldly dangers, obstacles, and challenges, including a selkie, a wee banshee, a faerie queen, a pooka, and a ghostly highwayman. If you note that these narrative episodes posses a timelessness and magical quality akin to fairy tales, it is for good reason: Shelley Moore Thomas draws from Celtic folktales to weave her own version of those classic tapestries.
Be sure to keep reading all the way to the back cover. In addition to an author’s note relating the origin of and inspiration for each tale, a discussion guide, and an interview with Thomas, there is a brief bonus story which was alluded to in one of the main tales.
— Dawn Teresa
5 of 5 Hearts. Seven Magical Tales of Wonder and Adventure.
A perfect family read-aloud, The Seven Tales of Trinket is a small treasure filled with seven interconnected tales of fantasy and suspense that form a beautiful, memorable whole you’ll want to visit again and again!