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Boots and the Seven Leaguers: A Rock-and-Troll Novel

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Gog is just your average teenager. Sure, he's a troll, but he's got typical teen problems: an irritating little brother, a best friend who's nothing but trouble, and no tickets to his favorite band's sold-out concert.
There just might be a way to get into that concert, though.
Magic. Now that's a sure way to get into trouble. . . .
Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2000)
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Alan
ATOS Book Level: 4.2
Interest Level: Middle Grades (MG 4-8)
AR Points: 4.0
Lexile: 640L
Word Count: 30504

This is the story of Gog, a young Troll and the troubles he gets into after he finds out that Boots and the Seven Leaguers, "the greatest rock-and-troll band in the world, were coming to play Rhymer's Bridge in three days". Gog wants to go to the concert, but he's broke so he get's both his younger brother Magog and his best friend, the brownie Pook in on a scheme to go to the concert without pay
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Caryn
Boots and the Seven Leaguers is a good-fun middle grade novel about a teenaged troll named Gog whose only wish is to attend the concert of his favorite Rock-and-Troll band. Thanks to his younger brother, Magog (who is smarter than your average troll), Gog and his friend finagle jobs as roadies setting up the concert in order to earn comp tickets. Unfortunately, while they work, Magog is abducted by the mysterious Huntsman and taken to the heart of the forest, origin of nightmarish bedtime storie ...more
Judy
Good kids' book, full of adolescent issues, adventure, loyalty, magic, and what can only be characterized as racial stereotypes. The races are not those of humans, but of mythical creatures, like trolls, fairies, pookahs. Still, behaviors and qualities like being rather stupid, being unable to lie, and so on, are repeatedly cited to explain the responses of characters in this story, part of the Rock and Troll books. This volume is intended for readers aged ten and over, has short chapters and la ...more
Daniel
This was a very disappointing read from an author whose reputation suggests that this would be a top-notch book.

It is hard to describe just what the book is about, which is the main problem ... the book lacks focus. The story seems to try too hard to relate the fantsy world of trolls to the human world, showing that teenagers all have problems no matter what kind of creature that teenager is. It doesn't work, however, when one adds the element of magic. Rather than drawing the reader in by tryin
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Julie Bowerman
If you are thinking that Boots and the Seven Leaguers is a really good name for a rock band. You're right, but Jane Yolen thought of it first. This YA novel takes place in The Kingdom, a magical land, where trolls unfortunately are magic-challenged. Fortunately Gog's best friend the pookah has some and his little brother Magog seems to have more awareness than most. They must solve a mystery of missing children after Magog is kidnapped and a host of other mysteries that are tangled up in the mes ...more
Susan
This is a cute little book about trolls, fairies, pookahs, and all of those other magical creatures. Gog's little brother, Magog, is kidnapped, and so Gog and his best friend, Pook, have to go into the magical forest to find him. They encounter many different creatures--some good and some bad--and have to go through many difficulties to find and rescue Magog. Written for ages 10 and up.
Jessica
A fun little book about a tough kid and his annoying know-it-all of a little brother, who are trying to find a way to sneak into a rock concert.

The twist is that they're trolls.

An inventive book, and one that is set in such a fleshed out world that I am wondering of Yolen is planning on doing more stories in this vein.
Jared
Pretty good tale of a troll, his brother, and his Pooka friend, who desperately want to get into a concert by the best troll band in the world. They attempt to trick their way into the concert, but it backfires when the troll's brother is kidnapped. He and the Pooka then have to go rescue the boy.
Debbie
Sep 15, 2007 Debbie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens
Cute fantasy novel about a young troll named Gog who is dying to go to a Boots and the Seven Leaguers concert. He takes his little brother, Magog, along on the hunt for tickets, but Magog is kidnapped and taken into the magic forest. Will Gog manage to rescue his brother in time to make it to the concert?
Judy
I thought this book was alright, but it wasn't great. My son and I didn't finish reading it. It was a book from the school library, and we didn't also finish it because it was due back to school before we could get to the end.
Michelle Wardhaugh
Teenage trolls. Well, teenagers are trolls from a certain point of view. But the mix of teen-speak and the language of faerie here was deft and beautiful. The adventure was fun, too.
Mohammad
This is interesting book filled with magic, and mythical characters. Such as goblins, trolls, and dragons. This is a typical fantasy book with a good story line.
Anne
picked it up because it was free

found it fun and thought-provoking...what I expect from Jane Yolen's books for young people
Cayenne
What a great world and what a fun adventure. I love Yolan's stuff and this is just another example of her talent as a writer.
Amanda
Instead of focusing on the band, Gog spends most of the story trying to find his brother who has been kidnapped.
Samantha
Why is Jane Yolen so awesome? :)
Entertaining, young YA type book.
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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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