Published: 01/09/2012
ISBN: 9781780882673
Format: Paperback

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Lorraine Hellier is an exciting new Author of Children's Literature. Children can imagine they are entering into a fantasy world in her novels. Memories of a happy childhood and her experience ... read more

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The Boy Who Tricked Trolls
by Lorraine Hellier

Alex turned to see a hand beckoning him from a Grandfather Clock in the corner. He looked around again to check if there was anyone watching him. He saved his last section of work, took off his glasses and put them in his blazer pocket, which was on the back of the chair. He stood up, put down his laptop and, as he approached the front panel of the clock, an elderly man appeared.

At the heart of The Boy Who Tricked Trolls is Alex, a teenage boy coping with his mother’s disability and his stressed, workaholic father. After school each day, he meets his father at his workplace – a storage facility warehouse. It is here that Alex’s adventures begin...

Alex is invited by an elderly gentleman, Phineas, to visit the fantasy world of Serendipity. Access to this world, in a different dimension, is through a Grandfather Clock stored in the warehouse. When Phineas introduces him to the islanders living on Serendipity, Alex becomes involved with the fascinating characters and their lives in this other world. He volunteers to help rescue a young child, Amy, who has fallen down a hole into tunnels beneath the island. The trolls, living in the caves, capture Alex and Indi, Amy’s brother. But they are quickly outwitted by Alex, and Amy is rescued.

The Boy Who Tricked Trolls is the fourth in Lorraine Hellier’s Serendipity series but can be read as a standalone novel. It has been inspired by living on Guernsey, where Lorraine visited clock makers, and is reminiscent of C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. This tale of fantasy fiction will appeal to children aged 7-11 years old.

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Look out for her new book The Elf King which is now available.

Signed copies of Lorraine’s books are available on request.

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