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Trundle's Quest

(The Six Crowns #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  50 reviews

Trundle doesn't think he's an adventurer. He's a lamplighter. He likes everything safe and cozy, and that's the way things are in his peaceful part of the Sundered Lands.

Until Esmeralda barrels through his door.

Esmeralda, a princess with a knack for magic and for finding trouble, is convinced that Trundle is the only one who can help her find the six crowns. Lost and scatt

Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 11th 2011 by Greenwillow (first published June 21st 2010)
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Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
cute little book with illustrations. magical adventure filled with talking animals & such a cozy world building.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
A cute story. Meant for pretty young kids and a little too young for me, I think. Two hedgehogs off on an adventure to find the first of six crowns that will help them save the world. The plot depended almost entirely on coincidences, which I'm not a big fan of. The setting is pretty cool, though, a planet sundered into many parts with skyships traversing the space between them. Very imaginative. Young ones would probably like it a lot. There are at least 5 other volumes in the series but I won' ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
If you’re here as a fan of Redwall, Mistmantle, Ga’Hoole or the like, this probably isn’t the book for you. If you don’t mind short and simple stories with frantic pacing, and prefer to skip character and world details in favor of getting to the action, then you should be a-okay. I’m tempted to say it’s “better for younger readers”, but honestly, given the number of much better animal books out there, maybe just save this one for when you’ve completely exhausted your library’s supply of Warriors ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was glued to reading this! Full of adventure and suspense. Written very well. I loved Trundle (and I love that he loves books.) Only bad thing is I'd say it was a bit violent, mostly for it being a children's book.
Yes, I enjoyed this book. Later I feel the series gets kinda meh, but good start with cute hedgehogs!
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4+, nice short adventure with great illustrations. The main character is a bit like Bilbo Baggins, reluctantly going on a quest. Part 1 of 6
Firefly Hiddleston
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was cute and interesting. Cannot wait to read the next.
Shelby Lei
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great read aloud. As if Narnia and Wind and the Willow were to collide
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
A slim book that's full of adventure, it was a quick read that in some ways felt too slight, but only because it had so much substance in other ways. Jones has created an intriguing world of which we only scratch the surface, interesting characters that we could definitely spend more time getting to know better, and an engaging, action-centered plot that we speed through at breakneck pace, reaching the end all too quickly. So my main complaint is that I liked the book so much that I wanted there ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it
It's nice to find a fantasy that isn't over four hundred pages. Many students love the big thick ones, but not all of them can read those kind of books. This is an appropriate book for reluctant readers who need constant action to keep them reading. The action starts in chapter one with Trundle, a humble and content lamplighter, is abruptly drawn out of his peaceful life into a world of pirates, theft, and slavery. The action doesn't stop, leaving the reader waiting for the sequels (luckily the ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
An exiting adventure set in magical land where ships fly and two unlikely heroes set out to fulfill an ancient prophecy and find the six crowns. Can Trundle and Esmeralda fend off the evil pirates and overcome unforeseen obstacles in time to save their world?

Young readers will enjoy jumping aboard the sky boats with these two courageous hedgehogs as they set out on an unforgettable journey full of danger, and action. Trundle's Quest is set in a world unlike any I've read about before. It's a un
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"Trundle's Quest is an exciting, swashbuckling page turner that forms a very promising start to what I believe is going to be an excellent MG series.............................................................

Trundle's Quest is action-packed and full of adventure. I can honestly say I haven't read anything quite like it and the combination of piracy and what we consider wild creatures w
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you loved the Redwall series then you will enjoy this book. It is very similar, but not as lengthy. The writing is good,less detail than the Redwall books,and would suit a younger child like a 4th grader who might enjoy a great fantasy adventure story. The young hero, Trundle, loves his life as a lamplighter. He has a simple life on an island where people are good and kind and grow cabbages. His life is turned upside down by the arrival of Esmeralda who tells him he needs to help her with her ...more
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet and fairly easy read, The Six Crowns: Trundle's Quest pleasantly surprised me! It's always nice to find a fantasy story that younger readers can enjoy as well. Weighing in at less than 200 pages, this is the perfect fit.

Trundle is a humble lamplighter who loves his job. His quiet existence is very much to his liking. Enter Esmerelda! A princess whose sole purpose in life seems to be adventuring and, unfortunately for Trundle, causing lots of trouble. These two unlikely heroes set of on a
My nine year old and I picked this book as something different to try. It's the first in a series so we thought if we liked it we would have more similar books to keep us reading. Humble hedgehog to fighting-for-his-life hedgehog, this book is action packed with lots of twists and turns. Trundle goes on a quest searching for 1 of 6 crowns, which may or may not even exist. We found ourselves cheering in this little hedgehog as he faced many scary characters and impossible challenges. However, the ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Trundle is a lightkeeper whose highlight in life is going home to his cabbage soup and tea. One evening, when he goes home for the night, he meets Esmeralda, a Romany hedgehog who is on the run from a nasty group of pirates.

She claims that Trundle is the lightkeeper in a prophecy that involves the two of them finding the six badger crowns that will save the world. The pirates who are after her, however, are bent on her not reaching her goal.

Can Trundle and
Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A prophecy is foretold that the Princess of Darkness and the Lamplighter must find the Six Crowns of the Badgers of Power. Thus begins Trundle's quest with Esmeralda to escape pirates and ruffians while locating these hidden crowns. The illustrations by Gary Chalk are reminiscent of those from the Edge Chronicles with billowing sky ships in lovely black and white. Similar to the Redwall series, this story centers around animals ( in this case two hedgehogs) but makes an easier read for younger c ...more
Miss Carman
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trundle, a hedgehog and an unlikely hero gets pulled along by Esmerelda on a quest to find the 6 crowns of the badgers and to bring the floating worlds back together. The only problem is that they don't know where to start looking! On the way they get mixed up with pirates, slave drivers and more.

A great, short fantasy book that pulls you in from the first page. The suspense kept me reading until the end. I love the way that cause and effect in this story shape the whole story and make it seem
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very good intro to adventure children's book. I read it in just a few hours. It was just a short book, the start of a series. I was a little disappointed because the cover seemed to imply that it was only the one book. However, I have gone back and purchased 2 more, a present for my soon old enough nephew, and a separate copy for my classroom books. I think that this book would be appropriate for first grade and up. For younger ages it might work well for a read-aloud at home or in a classroom ...more
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: greenwillow
The description on Goodreads gives a great synopsis so I won't! But I will say that this book will be very appealing to those readers who enjoy animal-fantasy books. Reminiscent of Redwall and the Hobbit, this is a good choice for younger kids. It's short and has black & white illustrations scattered about. This is the first in what is sure to be a series and I think those who enjoy book one will be clamoring for the next. Ages 7-10-ish. -AM
Colona Public Library
A short adventure fantasy book which comes in a series. This J chapter book is for readers that can handle about 20pages per chapter. This book is action packed and has some fun songs and some short alliteration that is fun to read out loud. You can order this material at the colona public library. ~Ashley
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This little chapter book takes the reader straight into adventure from the first few pages and the action does not stop until the end of the book. Even at the end it carries you on to want to read the next one since it is a first in a series. It certainly will appeal to young readers who like a lot of action.
Tara Carpenter
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
A fabulously-written chapter book that I read to my 6yo. Full of alliteration, it was wonderfully fun to read out loud. It's sort of like a Lord of the Rings type quest in a world populated with animals. Written for kids, the violence isn't too bad is is certainly not graphic. Both of my boys loved it & so did I. We will be reading the rest of the series.
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lars
I hate to give this 4 stars, as I would only give it 2. It is shorter, easier Brian Jacques (Redwall), but lacking in the depth (but not the gore). Both boys, however, gave it 4 stars (the 7 year old AND the 11 year old).
Debbie Tanner
I didn't love this fantasy fiction novel about two hedgehogs trying to go on a quest. They are running from pirates which apparently gives them license to steal things, especially things they need for their quest. It felt like a giant chase scene.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Perfect for fans of Geronimo Stilton who are not quite ready to tackle the really thick Redwall books or the Mistmantle Chronicles. Also good for animal fantasy fans who want a super-quick, action-packed read.
I was glued to reading this! Full of adventure and suspense. Written very well. I loved Trundle (and I love that he loves books.) Only bad thing is I'd say it was a bit violent, mostly for it being a children's book.
Alexandria Ellerbee
I was trying to get my 3rd grader to read longer chapters books and we came across this one. She really enjoyed it and finished it!When she finished she wanted to get book 2 right away. Also, I read it after her and I thought it was action packed and cute.
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
This seemed rawther violent for the reading level. "Oh yeah....the pirate ship just exploded and there are slimy little bits of pirate everywhere...and oh look! Someone's head!" And this is meant for elementary school?!
Sara Wilson
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Asher (7-almost 8) ADORED this series of six books. Wonderful animal adventure. Funny dialogue. Interesting characters. The language used in this series is rich and varied, not at all dumbed-down. An excellent read-aloud, especially if you're good at character voices.
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This author has published under several versions of his name, including Allan Jones, Frewin Jones, and A.F. Jones. He has also published under the pen names Sam Hutton and Steven Saunders.

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The Six Crowns (6 books)
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