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Boots and the Seven Leaguers

A Rock-and-Troll Novel

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All a young troll wants is to hear some rock and roll—but when his brother goes missing, he’ll have to face more than just the music . . .

Like many teenagers, the young troll Gog loves rock music. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have money to buy a ticket to see the annual concert of his favorite band, Boots and the Seven Leaguers. But where there’s a will, there’s a way, and Gog and his clever pal Pook trick the Leaguers into believing they are seasoned roadies willing to work in exchange for admission. Unfortunately, this means Gog must take his eyes off his smart-aleck little brother, Magog—and when Magog is kidnapped, the teen troll must venture into the terrible New Forest, where a whole host of terrifying nasties await, to find him.
A true delight for young readers, Jane Yolen’s Boots and the Seven Leaguers is a wonderfully imaginative and fantastically funny contemporary fairy tale from one of the most acclaimed authors in the fantasy field.
This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Jane Yolen including rare images from the author’s personal collection.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 02, 2000 – Yolen's (Wizard's Hall) plodding tale reads more like a farce than a fantasy. Narrator Gog, a young troll, is dismayed not to have a ticket to hear his favorite band, Boots and the Seven Leaguers, perform their annual concert in the Kingdom of the Fey. So Gog and his best friend, Pook--a "tricksy" pookah who can change shapes--travel to the site of the concert and disguise themselves as roadies to help the band unload and set up in exchange for tickets. During setup, Magog, Gog's little brother, disappears. The duo's search for Magog takes them deep into the dread New Forest, where Gog loses Pook and encounters a number of characters, including the Weed King, who speaks in rhyme; a "woodwife," a hollow woman who tries to snare him in her "spell of love"; and the Huntsman, who holds captive a bizarre creature known as the Great White Wyrm--as well as Magog. Young readers may well lose their way--or interest--trying to follow Gog's meandering, choppy first-person narrative. After rescuing his sibling, Gog says he can't go home yet, "Because, in my slow troll way, I'd finally figured out that there were still too many loose ends." Readers, too, may find that many strands of the plot still dangle at the close of this disjointed tale. Ages 10-up.
Boots and the Seven Leaguers
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  • Level: Grades 5-9
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: Sep 29, 2015
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 164 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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