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The Seven Tales of Trinket

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  441 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews

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

Hardcover, 369 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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May 14, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it
Perfect for the young (or young at heart) who hold within them the love for a good story. Shelley Moore Thomas’ The Seven Tales of Trinket is the tale of a journey and the makings of a story lass. After the sad death of her mother, Trinket is set on striking out to find her father who disappeared from their lives years previously. Her father, James the Bard, was known throughout the land as a handsome and talented bard, who played the harp splendidly and had hundreds of tales for the telling to ...more
Ilana Waters
Sep 18, 2012 Ilana Waters rated it really liked it
Definitely a unique and original book that combines old-world storytelling with a modern heroine's gumption. I'm a big fan of the sly humor, and the sparse (yet elegant) prose. I also loved the way the author broke up certain paragraphs by putting them on a single line--very impactful. The interactions with Thomas the Pig Boy provided the perfect amount of comic relief. The continuity of themes, motifs, and certain characters was masterful.

But the constant scene breaks seemed to make the prose u
Jul 24, 2013 Jon rated it it was amazing
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Ever so often, I read a book that is absolutely wonderful; a book that makes me want to climb a mountain and shout at the top of my lungs how much I loved it! The Seven Tales Of Trinket is one of those books and it's truly a literary gem. It's no surprise it was Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012.and that it received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Despite all of this book's accolades, I was surp
Aug 29, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Morgan by: Review Magazine
I think I may have fallen in love with The Seven Tales of Trinket, something I did not expect to do! The language throughout the seven tales is lovely, and it's easy, throughout the start and end of the book, to get caught up in the magical happenings.

I followed Trinket as she journeyed away from her life as a semi-orphaned lonely soul with only the company of a Pig Boy, to a Story Lass with the confidance to enthrall an audience with her harp and recognizes family in her companion, Thomas.

The most interesting character was surely the father. Anyone who can tell a good story is usually a person to be credited.

Fairies are tricky, and I'm glad they were successfully evaded.

There's a lot of things to be remembered in this book, that might be useful if you run into some of the situations. It might be good to keep as a handbook, or somewhere close like on your mantle if you've got one. Good job I've got a copy, I've finally just recollected the pages of this book that were thrown
Stephanie Thornton
The Seven Tales of Trinket is a truly magical story of seven fairy tales, told through the eyes of young Trinket as she searches for her father. My daughter loved Trinket and I got a kick out of Thomas the Pig Boy. The tales were wonderfully woven together and really made me look forward to reading to my daughter at bedtime. She loved this book so much I'm pretty sure she'll end up re-reading it to herself very soon!
Cinnamon OP
Aug 27, 2015 Cinnamon OP rated it really liked it
Mi niña interior lo disfrutó con alegría, cuando lo leía senti calma y mi imaginación se desbordó. Es una historia bonita y conmovedora, con lecciones distintas entrecruzadas que la convierten en un libro encantador que deja una huella de fantasía en tu mente, te recuerda que la imaginación es indispensable para una mente sana. No menciono nada de la trama, porque mencionar arruina el encanto, así como describir un lugar que fuera secreto. Ampliamente recomendado
Apr 18, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
I like the obvious Celtic Folktale research.
Tess Hilmo
Apr 09, 2014 Tess Hilmo rated it it was amazing
This has been in my TBR pile for too long - and I don't know why it took me so long to get to it but I adored it. A really wonderful middle grade read.
Patricia J. O'Brien
Aug 28, 2012 Patricia J. O'Brien rated it really liked it
What do you do when your father’s disappeared, your mother’s died, and all you’ve got is an old map and faint hope? Go on a quest, of course. I love Trinket—an eleven-year-old girl who discovers her talent and courage and never lets a challenge defeat her.
Shelley Moore Thomas’s THE SEVEN TALES OF TRINKET is an old-timey story that weaves an assortment of Celtic folklore into Trinket’s journey of self-discovery. Trinket and her young friend, Thomas, earn their way and sometimes make their escape
Dawn Teresa
Jul 12, 2014 Dawn Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-fiction
Originally published on my blog, ReadLove .

f 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,
Jan 07, 2014 Terri rated it it was amazing
Almost-twelve-year-old Trinket leaves her home after her mother's death in search of her father, a wandering bard who left five years before on a storytelling journey and never returned. She takes little with her except her father's hand-drawn map of his storytelling route. Her lifelong friend Thomas, the local pig boy, accompanies her, and together they share adventures and learn much about the nature of life, love, and story. Trinket has her father's gift for telling and music but has never ha ...more
Tia P-W
Feb 18, 2017 Tia P-W rated it it was amazing
This is another of my favourite books and I love the way that the story has been split up into 7 different adventures that all link back into the one thing that sent her away from home.
Small Review
Lovely. Very glad I read this. Recommended to fans of Plain Kate (not quite as gut wrenching or beautiful, but on that continuum.) Full review to come.

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Ah, now that was a satisfying story. This is another entry into the "story over characters" group, but being fairy tale based that's hardly a surprise or drawback.

There's an overarching story that wraps up well in the final tale, but the narrative focus is more like The Jungle Book, where a series of short stories
A very sweet book about a girl named Trinket whose father was a bard, but left one day and never came back. Now her mother's gone too--dead of a wasting disease and a broken heart. Trinket knows that her destiny is to use the map her father drew long ago and travel the land to find him. She's a budding bard herself, and gains items and skills along the way to grow as a storyteller. She's also got, as a faithful companion, Thomas the Pig Boy.

I really liked the separation of the story into seven s
Feb 17, 2017 Anasuya rated it it was amazing
its amazing
Vonna Carter
Aug 14, 2012 Vonna Carter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg
When her mother dies, young Trinket sets off in search of her father, a traveling bard, to find the truth behind why he abandoned his family. Trinket’s only friend, Thomas the Pig Boy, unwanted at home, comes along. As the two encounter adventures—a gypsy fortune teller who longs to escape her own future, a crazed woman whose child has been stolen by selkies, the cunning and jealous Faerie Queen, a murderous ghost and more—Trinket’s journey slowly changes goals. No longer sure she wants to know ...more
Hanna H
Oct 05, 2013 Hanna H rated it really liked it
A book about a girl looking for stories. Well it's different. That's exactly what I was looking for in the library, when I found it in the new book section of the library I was pretty much desperate to read it. The ending was surprising though. I was expecting it to be WAY different but the book proved me wrong, which is really sad because books should never prove me wrong. I thought my favorite character was Trinket, until It came time to write the review. Then I changed it pretty much when I r ...more
Kimberly Souza
Aug 20, 2012 Kimberly Souza rated it really liked it
“The Seven Tales of Trinket” by, Shelley Moore Thomas

When Trinket’s mother dies leaving her alone in the world she decides to set out in search of her father who left when she was six. Together with her friend Thomas, Trinket will have seven adventures and gather seven stories guaranteed to enchant anyone who hears them.

I really enjoyed this book. Trinket and Thomas are fun and endearing characters, and the lessons they learn about friendship and family are priceless. This story is full of adv
Aug 19, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a a story worth reading when your class does a unit on folklore. Not unlike A Tale Dark & Grimm, this turns a series of folktales into a single narrative plot-line that links them all together. The protagonist, Trinket, describes the her life as she endeavors to find her father and become a storyteller like her father by stringing together seven tales that she gathers on her journey. All in all, I think that this could easily make folklore a favorite genre of many children ...more
Shanshad Whelan
Aug 16, 2012 Shanshad Whelan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens, mg
A fun little fantasy journey/quest sort of story, with lots of smaller stories of the heroines adventures on her way. Trinket is on a search to find her father, a storyteller who left one day and never returned. Now with the help of her childhood friend, she's trying her best to track her father down and find evidence of him having visited certain places. Each of the smaller stories tends to feature something that might pop out of any Irish/celtic story. (Gypsies, Selkies,Banshees, Fairies, Pook ...more
Oct 11, 2013 ThenSingsMySoul rated it liked it
Shelves: read-aloud
If you are looking for a quick, easy, and somewhat entertaining book, this one is pretty good. It's not great literature, nor does it have deep meaning, but it is kind of sweet.
It follows a girl named Trinket as she and her friend Thomas attempt to find her father; James the Bard. Trinket hopes to become a bard herself, so she is also trying to collect at least seven tales. This would allow her to stay in one town for an entire week. Along the way they encounter Gypsies, seal-people, a banshee
Dec 09, 2012 Cecelia rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. If you like adventure and fantasy this is your book. While Trinket is looking for her father using his map she goes to 7 places. She always has wanted to learn seven tales so she could stay in a place for a whole week and tell a story every day. She meets new friends on the way. And she gets into some trouble. In this breathtaking saga Trinket has her mother die and her father ran away. She has a companion traveling with her and he keeps her company. They pack lots of food ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Kelli rated it liked it
This book was great! Subtly written and very plot driven, but there was a lyrical style to it that brought it a few steps higher in my opinion. I truly hope this author ditches the picture books and puts out more novels like this. I read it out loud to my five year old daughter and three year old son. They loved it. Magical without being ridiculous. Lovely without being sappy. A very finely balanced story. I don't know how to feel about the father's story at the end, I wish he had made some diff ...more
Anoush Emrazian
Dec 07, 2012 Anoush Emrazian rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, jmrl
So this book randomly showed up in my library reservations list so i thought, hey, i'll give it a go. I would not have read it otherwise. It was a fun book. I enjoyed the stories and had figured out the "twist" just before halfway through but i still enjoyed how the author handled it. I enjoyed the storiesand adventure, but i wish there was a little more of the normal in between stuff. Sure, it would have made the book longer and perhaps out of her target audience, but it would have made it more ...more
Ms. Library
Jan 16, 2013 Ms. Library rated it liked it
This is a book about Trinket, who goes in search of her father after her mother dies. Her father was a bard, who walked out one day and never returned, and in order to find out the truth about his life (and her own), Trinket must embark on seven adventures, which result in seven different tales-and a direction for her own fate. She doesn't get the answers she thought she would, but she does find something important.
I did think this was definitely a lower-middle-grade book; it read a little more
Ryann Murphy
Jan 21, 2013 Ryann Murphy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Amy
Trinket's mother passes away, so Trinket and her friend, Thomas the Pig Boy, take off on an adventure to find Trinket's long lost father. James the Bard hasn't been for years. While Trinket and Thomas look for him, Trinket starts gathering stories herself. Will she find her father? Will she find the courage to tell tales herself? Will Thomas ever have enough to eat?

Storytelling is heart of this story--and what gives this story its heart. The author includes a folkloric elements into a tale that
Kathy Ellen Davis
I really liked this book.
Maybe it's the storyteller in me,
but I suspect it's the fan-of-good-books in me as well.

Book talk:

How far would you go to find your father? Would you battle banshees? Remove a sleeping selkie's seal skin?
Chase a highwayman into the land of the dead? Trinket does all that and more in this book. With her trusty friend Thomas she sets off on an adventure to find out what happened to her storytelling Dad. Along the way she collects stories and songs of her own, hoping she ca
I enjoyed the concept of this book more than I did the book itself. The idea of Trinket growing as a person and a stoyteller through her quest to find her father intrigued me. However her tales were inconsistent in quality and interest, and I didn't really see that she developed significantly through her adventures. There is also an element of predictability I won't reveal so I don't have to put a spoiler alert. This will probably be enjoyable to middle grade girls who like fairy tale fantasy, b ...more
Sharon Lawler
May 09, 2013 Sharon Lawler rated it it was amazing
I was not sure if this book was going to hold my attention to the end, but it did. Really enjoyed the incorporation of the Celtic folklore into the story line, and if the book were broken up by its chapters, it would be a good read aloud choice for the month of March. Gypsies, Selkies, Banshees, and a Pooka are among the Celtic folkloric characters that have a presence in the book, and unlike other chapter books that incorporate these characters, the style of writing and the language stay access ...more
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