The Seven Tales of Trinket
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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...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Square Fish (first published September 4th 2012)
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Heidi
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
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...more
Jon
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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...more
Morgan
Oct 16, 2012 Morgan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.

Above...more
Tess Hilmo
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.
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!
Dawn Teresa
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, S...more
Terri
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
Kelli
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
Emily
I like the obvious Celtic Folktale research.
Patricia J. O'Brien
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...more
Vonna Carter
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
Pamela
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...more
Kimberly Souza
“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...more
Hanna H
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
ThenSingsMySoul
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 is 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...more
Emily
I cannot write a fair review of this book, because as an adult, this book is nothing new. As a reviewer of YA books, I have to say it is a good book recommended for readers in grades 4-7, but as me, it's just so-so. I love the stories in the book, but the idea and the actual writing are very unoriginal and boring for me. So, just ok. I also do not like the hardcover front cover, and am glad that the paperback is different. It will be appealing for its intended audience.
Shanshad Whelan
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
Cecelia
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
Ms. Library
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...more
Abby Eck
A girl with a quest to find her father goes on an enchanting, mysterious, and adventurous journey. Truly one of my favorite books ever.
Ryann Murphy
Jan 21, 2013 Ryann Murphy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
B Claire
This was a good story that utilized many well known folk tale elements in a new way. Young readers who probably won't know the old stories will gain an introduction, and will, perhaps, be inspired to learn more. The story itself was a bit long... I think it could have been called the "5 Tales of Trinket," but might make a good read aloud to elementary grades.
I do love the gumption of the heroine!
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...more
Lacey
Trinket is on a journey to find her father and to become a bard (storyteller) just like him along her way. I liked following Trinket as she learned her stories along her journey. It was a good book, but didn't really grab my interest as well as other books.
Anoush Emrazian
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
Tiffany
Wonderful adventure for our older readers. Might be hard for third graders to catch it all.
Sharon Lawler
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
Mara
Wonderful middle grade novel featuring Trinket, who is on a quest to find her long-lost father. Inventive stories based on folklore and great characters. Beautiful descriptions of the ocean on page 72. Some great lines:

"If you have a dream and you hold it close to your heart, then you always get to have it. But if you let it out into the world then you discover, one way or another, if it will come true or not." (page 38)

"One must be brave to tell stories." (page 281)

"That which we hold on to so...more
Laurel Garver
This was a big hit with my daughter, and she's quite a critical reader. She enjoyed the mix of historic realism with mythology. The repartee between the main character Trinket and her sidekick Thomas was especially appealing.

I liked the character development over the course of the story. The interesting twist at the end, in which the main character must grapple with the flawed reality of the object of her quest, was wonderfully done. Not heavy handed but achingly real and beautifully redemptive...more
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