Trolls by J.J.M. Czep

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Pages (Paperback Edition): 169
Genre: Fairy Tale
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Author Name: Czep, J.J.M.
ISBN: Paperback: 9781938190209
ISBN: eBook: 9781938190247
BC Catalogue ID: BCB2014005

Curious and imaginative eight-year-old Emily is obsessed with fairy tales and magic. On one of Emily’s excursions into the wilds of the unmanicured grounds behind her home, she discovers a crumbling bridge and attempts to cross the structure, only to have it collapse beneath her and send her tumbling into the realm of the Trolls.

In a world of lost children, friendly Trolls, a dreadful dot, pesky pirate Piskies, and an evil witch who seeks to drain magic from the world, Emily ultimately must find the strength to trust herself, and follow the path that will lead her to where she truly belongs.


“Emily Marie.” The troll leaned close.

I tipped the book just enough to make eye contact and coated my voice with sugar. “Yes Auntie?”

Pale blue eyes burned like twin lamps. “What have you been doing all this time? Up to trouble, no doubt.” Auntie always saw through my best efforts to act innocent.

“Reading, Auntie, only reading.” I offered my shield.

Auntie shuffled farther into my tiny sanctuary, her cane scraping the floor every other step. Grateful for the acres of overstuffed and over-frilled pillows, I sank below the edges of my open book into soft and scratchy folds.

I averted my gaze to the image on the page and met eyes as cold as Auntie’s. The caption at the top read, “TROLL.”


The world is a delight to explore. The author manages to subvert your expectations at every turn, but not in a way that feels forced. I don’t want to delve too deeply, to avoid spoilers. It’s worth picking up, it’ll be hard to put down“- Df

From bullying to the real meaning of duty and belonging, pertinent real world themes are skillfully woven into a story without moralizing. Already read it twice, and will certainly read it again.“- Joanne

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