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
“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