Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Boots and the Seven Leaguers: A Rock-and-Troll Novel by Jane Yolen (Sandpiper) is a quick, fun read. All Gog wants to do is go to the Boots and the Seven Leaguers concert, but things go a bit crazy; his little brother just has to tag along while Gog's trying to pass as a roadie to see his favorite band. When Magog goes missing, Gog will have to figure out how to save him, if only he can get past some of the magical creatures standing in his way. And if he's lucky, he can still make it back in time for the music.
One of the best things about this story that threads together bits of various traditional tales: It's funny. Trolls aren't usually heroes, and Gog isn't all that excited to be one himself. I'd especially recommend Boots for middle grade students and music lovers. Future fans of Terry Pratchett might enjoy this as well.