Reviews for Troll Bridge : a rock 'n' roll fairy tale

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Musically gifted Moira, one of 12 princesses whose likenesses are scultpted in butter as part of the festivities for the Vanderby State Fair, arrives at a photo shoot just in time to see the other 11 being carried away by a giant troll, Aenmarr. Grabbing the troll's shirttail, Moira is swept off a bridge into Trollholm, where the giant proceeds to prepare his captives to become wives for his three sons. When Jakob and his brothers, members of a popular musical trio, arrive at the bridge, Aenmarr captures them, earmarking them as dinner for his family. Fortunately, Jakob escapes and meets Moira, and with advice from a fiddle-playing telepathic fox, they attempt to rescue Jakob's brothers and the princesses. Drawing elements from The Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Three Billy Goats Gruff, the mother and son who produced Pay the Piper (2005) another Rock 'n' Roll Fairy Tale, give folklore a modern spin in an entertaining tale in which radio talk-show personalities ponder the fates of the missing teens. --Diana Herald Copyright 2006 Booklist


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Gr 7-10-In this follow-up to Pay the Piper (Tom Doherty, 2005), the authors have converted "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" into a modern fairy tale that once again has a musical flair. Sixteen-year-old Moira, a harpist, has been named one of the 12 Dairy Princesses in the small town of Vanderby, MN. There is a long-standing tradition of carving the Princesses' heads out of butter and placing them on the Trollholm Bridge during the state fair. But this year, the tradition isn't carried out, and the girls are taken into Trollholm, a magical realm filled with man-eating trolls and a talking fox, Fossegrim. At the same time, the popular teen band, the Griffsons, is taking a much-needed break. When the boys discover the Trollholm Bridge, they too are taken into the troll world. The result is a fast-paced adventure story in which Moira and the Griffsons must escape the great troll Aenmarr. They work together with Foss to rescue his magical fiddle, which promises to send them back to their own world. But all is not as it seems, and the story ends with a grand twist that is totally satisfying. The writing is filled with humor and straightforward prose, and the song lyrics are so well written that one can almost hear the music that accompanies them. Add a touch of romance and you have a great, well-rounded book for teens.-Tasha Saecker, Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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"The tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin gets a modern makeover at the hands of this mother-son team," wrote PW of their Pay the Piper. In a follow-up Rock 'n' Roll Fairy Tale book that melds The Three Billy Goats Gruff with The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Trollbridge by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple stars 16-year-old Moira, a harpist determined to save 11 girls who were selected to have their likenesses carved in butter but wound up enchanted into slumber. A teen boy band on break from a road trip, a magical fox and, naturally, a monstrous troll all figure into the proceedings. Pay the Piper is now in paperback. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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