by Donna Marie Seim
Illustrated by Susan Spellman
From FOREWORD Reviews, October 2022:
Inspired by Norwegian folklore, this whimsical story follows a fourteen-year-old boy into an unexpected encounter. After the death of his father, Peter and his mother struggle to run their farm alone; he does jobs for neighbors to earn extra money. Returning from one such project, he encounters a troll family in the forest. When the troll child slips into unexpected danger, Peter is forced to face his fears to save him; the trolls repay his kindness with a generous gift.
DANIELLE BALLANTYNE (November / December 2022)
Join Peter on his adventures in the enchanting, magical Troll Forest!
- 14 year old boy protagonist who plays violin
- Peter rescues a young troll from river in a fantasy storyline
- Original watercolor artwork echo Norwegian countryside
- Norwegian language and folklore woven into story
- 2nd to 4th grade reading level in 4/c for reluctant readers
- 6th title by award-winning author/illustrator team
About the Author
Award-winning Donna Marie Seim’s love of children’s literature has always been her passion. Troll Forest is her fourth picture storybook, along with: Where is Simon, Sandy?, which has been translated into Spanish, ¿Dónde está Simón, Sandy?; Satchi and Little Star; and Bella and Jingles. Donna has also penned four middle-grade novels: Hurricane Mia; Charley, adapted from the book and performed as a play; Cheeky and Charlemagne; and the sequel, Cheeky and Charlemagne and the Great Sabotage.
Donna is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BSSW in the field of Social Welfare. Donna also holds a MA in Special Education from Lesley University. Donna lives in Newbury, Massachusetts, with her husband, Martin, and her dog, Charlie. You can see more of her work on http://www.donnaseim.com
About the Illustrator
Susan Spellman pursues a dual career as a fine artist and as an illustrator with extensive experience in painting, portraiture, and children’s book illustration. She has illustrated more than forty books to date, with a number of them winning national and regional awards. She teaches and visits schools. Her illustration work can be viewed at: www.suespellmanstudio.com. Her fine artwork can be viewed at www.spellmancollection.com. She lives in Newburyport with her husband, Jay.