The now-news from MiddleGate...
Looks like the prize trip to Iceland is indeed cancelled, Wil’s
old friend Mr. Bertram lands in jail, things are up in the air at Auntie
Vi’s Fortune-Telling, Sophie and Wil have exams to study for, Aunt
Rue doesn’t get the new job at the Secretariat after all, their
neighbour Mrs. Oleander falls deathly ill – what a mess. Wil and
Sophie have their hands full.
Hogwarts is a long way from Winnipeg, MiddleGate may be within reach.
Next time you find yourself in the Exchange, take a closer look at
the Kelly House and you may end up
someplace completely unexpected."
of ice and magic...winning a free trip is not always a good thing!"
the consummate academic and educator, successfully combines adventure,
travel, magic, mystery, mythology, and history in Kingdom of Trolls
to enthral, educate, and entertain young readers."
characters, fantastical places,
and magical action with bits of humour
and danger thrown in for good measure"
– RuiLin Guo,
highly recommend Kingdom of Trolls and the whole MiddleGate
visit to TRöLLHeLLiR, the Kingdom of Trolls, is particularly
exciting" and "Readers will enjoy the unusual characters
in this series"
Donna Gamache, Prairie
reading" and "entertaining"
about crystal balls, rune stones, trolls, ghosts and some rather
tasteful museums in Iceland. With a book so full of mystery, folklore
beings and galdur there is no better setting than Iceland."
Heiða Simundsson, Icelandic
of an adventure", "authentic" and "exhilarating"
Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir, Iceland
storyteller gives readers the gift of make-believe with dramatic
style and an incredibly vivid imagination."
book of choice for the MTYP
(in partnership with McNally
Robinson Books for Kids) read
Exhibition of illustrations from
Kingdom of Trolls
was held 6 FEBRUARY - 15 AUGUST 2011
Paul H.T. Thorlakson Gallery
The Icelandic Collection
Elizabeth Dafoe Library
University of Manitoba
black & white illustrations
from Kingdom of Trolls
the Kingdom of Trolls
Magical Literary Tour of Iceland
Violet pranced around the kitchen. “I can’t wait to tell
Elvira Oleander the news,” she said. Her blueberry muffin sprayed
crumbs, but Aunt Violet didn’t seem to care. “That’ll
show the old sourpuss. Good fortune is smiling upon us! Rue, can you
believe it? We’re going to Iceland!” Aunt Violet took a
bite from what little remained of the muffin.
Rue was actually grinning. Wil had never seen her slather so much butter
on a muffin – and it was her third muffin! He managed to muster
a smile (even if it was a small, sickly smile), then picked up the letter
from the table gingerly – the culprit letter spelling most certain
disaster. He hoped Sophie had a plan, because his mind was blank…as
blank as the leftover plate of the moon visible through the kitchen
window. It was as if the clouds, threadbare in the noonday sun, had
scrubbed the moon spotless. A bare, empty, germ-free spotless, the kind
that wipes out any good ideas you’ve ever had before or might
ever have again.
And Sophie….her eyeglass frames had turned from a clear, hard,
icicle shine to mud brown. She was obviously going to be no help at
Wil turned back to the letter, still hoping there had been some huge,
giant, enormous mistake. Maybe they really hadn’t won after all.
Maybe there was a way out. Or maybe it was a joke.
Dear Madam Isidor:
It is our great pleasure
to inform you your name
has been chosen as
the Winner for the Perfect
Products Annual Mystery
Trip Prize, an All-Expenses
Paid Trip for two
adults and two children...