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Released: 01/09/2012

ISBN: 9781780882673

Format: Paperback

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The Boy Who Tricked Trolls


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.

Look out for her new book The Elf Quest which will soon be available.

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

Further details are on her web site at

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Lorraine Hellier

Lorraine Hellier is a Children's Author from Staffordshire, UK.

Children can imagine they are entering into a fantasy world in her novels.

Memories of a happy childhood and her experience of working with children have influenced Lorraine in her choice of genre.

As a Dental Therapist she worked for many years in Birmingham. Then in 1995 she moved to Guernsey, Channel Islands, where she lived and worked for 5 years. In 2000 she returned to mainland U.K. and now lives in near to the historical city of Lichfield.

Lorraine completed a writer's course: 'The Complete Writer' with 'The Writing College' Exeter, and chose to concentrate her writing skills in Children's Literature.

She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and a local writers group. Lorraine lives and writes from her canal-side home near Lichfield.

The Elf Trilogy begins with The Elf King followed by the sequel The Elf Quest. Lorraine is currently working on the third book set in a parallel world of elves.

The Serendipity Series will take the young reader on adventures to a mystical land.

Stepping through a grandfather clock leads into another world, the children meet lots of wonderful characters, from Popcorn the dragon to Mr. Tumblederry, a turnabout, who walks everywhere on his hands and the Spectrum family - all named after colours of the rainbow.

Please visit her website at and for news of events etc. visit Facebook Lorraine Hellier, Children's Author.

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