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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  360 ratings  ·  48 reviews
A wicked adventure—or deadly…trollble.

For sixteen-year-old harpist prodigy Moira, the annual Dairy Princess event in Vanderby is just another lame publicity "op." Moira a dairy princess? Get real. Twelve girls have been selected to have their likeness carved in butter and displayed on the Trollholm Bridge. It's a Vanderby State Fair tradition that has been going on for, li
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Starscape
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Libby Ames
In my opinion, a creative retelling of a fairy tale can cover a multitude of sins. This one combined elements of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" and "The Billy Goats Gruff." A clever idea, but there was a multitude of weaknesses--an abrubt ending, flat characters, and weak poetry (it was meant to be rock and roll lyrics so maybe it was meant to be weak). The writing really deserves no more than 2-3 stars, HOWEVER, when you include Dairy Princesses, mention of the Minnesota State Fair butter head ...more
Jamie
In this modern fairy tale, eleven state fair princesses are kidnapped by a large ugly troll, when a old convenant is broken between a Minnesotan town and its fabled monsters. It's up to one concert harpist and a boy band to rescue the girls, with the aid of a cunning fox. A unique story because it's written by a famous children's author AND a rock musician with music lyrics incorporated in the plot. I was a little disappointed by the ending, but it's executed pretty well (second book in the seri ...more
Amy
One of the biggest draws for me was that this book is set in Minnesota. I grew up across the bridge from Duluth and live in the Twin Cities, and I absolutely love books that are set in areas that are near and dear to my heart like that.

I found the story very enjoyable, but the ending was a bit abrupt. I liked both Moira and Jakob and also really liked the troll women and children. The radio broadcasters were different, I liked the element of kind of keeping up with the story on the "outside."

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Leane
Trollbridge: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Fairy Tale. By Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple. Starscape, 2006. 240 pages. $16.95.

As a follow up to Pay the Piper (2005), veteran storyteller Jane Yolen and musician son Adam Stemple put a musically modern spin on classic fairytales. Based on The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Twelve Dancing Princesses, this “rock ’n’ roll fairy tale” will entice teenage fantasy fans and rock enthusiasts. Sixteen-year-old harpist prodigy Moira has little time and patience for fulfillin
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Misty
I got both of Yolen/Stemple's "Rock and Roll Fairy Tale" books (the other is Pay the Piper) for $1 each, and was super excited because the concept and titles hooked me. Though I have yet to read Pay the Piper, Troll Bridge was a little disappointing. I mean, it was cute enough, and a quick read for sure, but it was just...shallow in the telling. It never really grabbed me enough to make me needto keep reading.

I'm not entirely sure where the fault lies. Part of it, I think, is that it's definitel
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Anna
Feb 16, 2009 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I dig fairy tales when they've got some bite to them. Trollbridge is a great example of this sort of thing, where the critters and situations aren't nice and clean. The original fairy tales are actually very dark, and this interpretation stays true to that. Without hearing too many graphic details, we're left with no doubt that the trolls have every intention of chopping up and eating the teens. The trolls and the fox are nicely handled, none of them being entirely good or entirely bad. They act ...more
Christina (Reading Thru The Night)
"You must open your mind to the world of the impossible," the fox said, "and then it becomes the world of the possible." (37)

This is a unique blend of retellings: the Twelve Dancing Princess and the Three Billy Goats Gruff.


First, there's Moira. Moira is a gifted classical violinist and one of the twelve dairy princesses. It took me a few seconds to figure out what the dairy princesses were exactly, and what I've determined is, they're like winners of some sort of beauty contest. Anywho, traditio
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Bridget R. Wilson
[I like that Yolen and Stemple don't choose obvious fairy tales to retell. Makes you work a bit if you want to know more. The Griffson Brothers reminded me of the Jonas BRothers. Perhaps this simlarity would hook young readers?:]

Moira doesn’t want to be a Dairy Princess. She’d much rather play her harp. But her mother thinks being one of the twelve dairy princesses will increase her notoriety. Moira grits her teeth and bears the photo shoots and appearances until the day the princesses have a ph
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Susan
Aug 24, 2008 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Sisters Grimm, Gail Carson Levine, The Princess Test
Shelves: young-adult
When a centuries-long contract between a small town and a troll is inadvertently broken, a studious overachiever and a boy band on a short road trip find themselves kidnapped by trolls and caught in the middle of a feud they do not understand. The book dubs itself a "rock n' roll fairy tale" and while this tag might not feel entirely accurate, the book definitely delivers on the fun you might expect from something with this descriptor. This fast and entertaining read manages to weave in quite a ...more
Matia
Accomplished YA author Jane Yolen teamed up with her rock musician son Adam Stemple to write this novel and the one following, "Pay The Piper." I like these books because they combine reality and fantasy in an interesting blend, like Diana Wynne Jones does: life is not as mundane as it seems. In this book, a boys' rock band, a harp prodigy, and a court of beauty contestants end up in a land of trolls, the big scary kind that like to eat people. Some parts of the story would have been a bit too s ...more
Fantasy Literature
Trollbridge is a quirky collaboration between a mother/son team: author Jane Yolen and musician Adam Stemple.

An amalgamation of the fairytales "Three Billy Goats Gruff" and "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (with a bit of Scandinavian folklore thrown in for good measure), it involves chapters that alternate between driven music protégée Moira Darr and trio of brothers Galen, Jakob and Erik Griffson, a burgeoning boy-band who have managed to wrangle a weekend away from their stage-managing parents.
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Edy Gies
Troll Bridge was an easy read that was fun and quick. It will be great to recommend when we talk about fairy tales because the author uses the Billy Goats Gruff and the Twelve Princess tales with modern twists to weave together this fun and interesting story. I like the combination of the music with the story. Anyone into music would defiantly get this book more than those who are not.
Chris
This book was quite fun, mindless, but fun. I'm always curious about how author's treat fairy tales in this day and age, so this one did have my interest piqued from the start. However, the story itself is very light and on a surface level. It doesn't really dig beyond an entertaining surface to probe at any deep or dark mysteries of the world, but it was fun. And sometimes, fun is enough.
Bruce Nordstrom
This one was fun. Not to be taken too seriously, about the 11 Minnesota state fair butter princesses who are kidnapped by an ugly troll. But then a boy band steps in the effect a rescue and then.... I think you get the idea.

Lots of fun, but I felt the ending was a bit abrupt.
Jennifer H
Woof! Number one, this was not rock 'n' roll. Quake and hurl? Maybe. These 12 butter princesses (real girls) of the town get kidnapped by a troll because the town broke tradition of leaving the actual butter princesses (butter) on the bridge. They are saved by the least girly, but smartest and musically talented princess and 3 guys from a boy band. They write terrible songs with terrible lyrics. Doom!

I liked the idea of the original immigrants to the area bringing their superstitions with them t
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Angela
This book is such a FAST read, I had this book done in two days!

I enjoyed it a lot...The Three Billy Goats Gruff was one of my most favorite stories growing up (quite the sick story to be a favorite of a young girl...but perhaps that explains my leaning toward horror, and maybe even my career choice as a CSI...he he) I have not read The Twelve Princesses, but I will be seeking it out, so I can see where it fits in. And with all the songs, I kind of wanted a CD to be with this book.

I used googl
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Elizabeth
I liked this one better than Pay the Piper A Rock 'n' Roll Fairy Tale. They stand alone so it isn't necessary to read both.

This book reminded me of American Gods in that immigrants brought over their gods and monsters when they settled here.

This is definitely aimed at middle school grades. I would have liked a little more depth on the characters and more back ground on the fossegrim... but it has beauty queens and a boy band.

an enjoyable read.
Bernard
Picked this up at the library solely based on the author, having enjoyed Yolen's Pit Dragon Chronicles, as well as her children's book, The Simple Prince, and wanting to taste more of her fare. I liked the book ok as a fairy tale but didn't really get into the characters all that deeply. Of course it is a short tale and wasn't meant, I don't think, to achieve long-lasting resonance in readers' minds, but at the same time that the story moved merrily along without too much emotional investment on ...more
Bluelily3
Okay, so I pulled this book off the library shelf because it looked insanely stupid. I was thinking: A rock and roll fairy tale? Give me a break! But, as I started to read it, I realized that it was written pretty well. I liked Moira, and the Griffson brothers entertained me. I guess what really got me interested was the fact that they based the story off of old legend and myth. The trolls were realistic, and Fossegrim was a real mythological character. I liked how it was based off of Three Bill ...more
Jill
Jul 01, 2011 Jill rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Troll Bridge: A Rock'n' Roll Fairy Tale is a lively story steeped in music and fantasy. Set in the present and combining elements of Swedish and Norwegian mythology with "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" and "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," the plot keeps moving. The old stories presented in a modern context are whimsical enough to be their own fairy tale while gently pushing readers to consider their assumptions from another angle.

Song lyrics are included throughout the book and collected at the e
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Sandra Strange
You wouldn’t think you could transform the billy goats gruff fairy tale into a contemporary teen fantasy, but Yolen and her cowriter prove that it can be done, and done creditably to produce a readable, if slightly weird, fantasy tale of dairy princesses kidnapped to be brides to a trio of particularly dumb trolls, with a rock ‘n’ roll brothers-boy band (the younger brother is the protagonist, of course) who come to their rescue. Fun, though a bit youngish. Positive and innocuous, though a bit ...more
Christina
you know. an entertaining but forgettable YA book. Every chapter began with "song lyrics" that were sort of awful. Song lyrics without actual accompanying music are very rarely worth reading. Now, if the book had come with a solid album, in that the story really just functioned as extensive lyrics notes, that would have been cool. but only if the music was really good and distracted me from the lame lyrics. (I guess the book plot was okay too.)
Libby Ames
For some reason, my reveiw of this is not showing up and it is one of my favorites. The writing is nothing amazing, but any fairytale retelling that can include midwest dairy princesses deserves a high rating. I can't remember what I thought of the rest of the book, but the shout out to Minnesota Butter Heads won me over.
Amanda
I was told this was a YA book but I really feel it's more Juvenile. Anyway, this book was okay but I found it boring at times. I liked the Fossegrim character and I felt he was true to his origins.

I'm not really into music so a lot of the musical details are lost on me.
Tanni
It was a fun quick fairy tale. Using the trolls from 3 Billy Goats Gruff and the 12 dancing princesses became 12 dairy princesses. I liked how they incorporated music into the story and made the creatures not all bad. But it had a surprising twist at the end, it was fun.
Neill Smith
When the dairy princesses are captured by the trolls in response to the breaking of the New World compact it takes the combined efforts of a harp prodigy and a rock 'n' roll boy band to have any chance of defeating the trickster, Fossegrim, and the trolls.
Jessica
Well written and fun. It was interesting reading how other musician's think being a musician myself. It was a nice blend of fantasy and reality. The story moved at a good pace. The song lyrics were fun to read and see how the characters came up with them.
Lauren
There were good and clever parts to this book, but I felt like the ending was left wanting. I think it could do much better if Ms. Yolen and her son could come back and make a second edition, with a more satisfying close. Nice to look at, though.
Jared
A clever, fun, and light reimagining of The Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Good characterization, enough tension to keep things interesting, and good pacing.

The story is short, suitable for an afternoon's read.
Trina
Wonderfully simplistic story telling. It was like eating homemade chocolate chip cookies pulled straight from the oven. A warm, inviting story that I would love to pass onto my girls to throughly enjoy in their youth. I am a fan of this series.
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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