ALASKAN TROLL EGGS
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Follow the delightful story of four young children who get caught up in an unexpected adventure in the Alaskan wilderness.
I thought the story was funny. I liked it very much. I liked it when people thought Grandma was a witch.
Robert Klopp - Age 8
Children will lie still under the covers waiting with excitement as this wonderful story uncovers itself.
Tony Tupper - Father and Grandfather
Unique, a page-turner for adults, even. Trust your Grandma.
This book is captivating and kids of all ages will enjoy reading it. It takes your imagination away where things are simple and full of adventure.
Ivy Tupper - Mother and Grandmother
Alaskan Troll Eggs is a delightful story teaching us that the innocent imagination of children can lead us on an adventure through the Alaskan wilderness in search of Troll Eggs.
Sue and Dan Schaaf - Grandparents
“Fun and entertaining from beginning to end! I read it to my 6 year old and he was hanging on every word! I appreciated the surprise ending. The story has you guessing, as it leads you on a fun, engaging adventure of four young children.”
Natalie Gustafson - Mother and Teacher
Alaskan Troll Eggs by Kathleen Wallace is a delightful stroll through a child’s imagination and the insatiable thirst for adventure that resides therein. The writer perfectly captures the benign capriciousness of childhood as she follows the four children Robert, Leife, Jude, and Ky and their encounter with the strange, old woman and her “troll eggs”.
Written in the passive voice of most children’s books, Ms. Wallace’s narrative occurs within the active imaginations of the children, themselves. One remembers and can easily understand the child’s needs to create an exotic, yet more accessible, overlay. I certainly do. Sure, she may be the grandmother you see on holidays and special occasions, but life becomes infinitely more interesting when she transforms into the “Crazy, Old Woman of the Woods”. Likewise, the tasty purple potatoes in grandma’s garden assume a new dimension of mystery as troll eggs.
This, then, is the area I feel the writer has achieved something of significance. Creating the fantasy world of the children (whimsically illustrated by Brian Collins) while explaining that world through metaphor. Ms. Wallace allows us to reconnect with our own childhood in the most subtle of ways. In this, her debut effort, the writer succeeds and we are the ones who are rewarded.
About the Author
Kathleen Wallace was born in the mountains of Colorado and after a lifetime of travel and adventure now makes her home in the heart of Alaska.
While building a life in Fairbanks, Kathleen and her husband Wally raised a family and welcomed their beloved children and grandchildren into the world.
Alaskan Troll Eggs was written in line at the post office to help her grandson get interested in reading and it worked.
The video below shows Kathleen's interview on Channel 13 in Fairbanks on 8/14/12.
This video below is of Kathleen opening ATE for the first time.