Aunt Sally is beyond any of Melissa, Amanda, and Pee Wee's expectations. She has come all the way from Vancouver Island, Canada, to take care of the children while their parents are away, and right from the start Aunt Sally enchants them with tales of her childhood with their father.
Odd characters figure largely in the stories, like Maud, a hunter rumored to have killed eighty cougars; Great-uncle Louis, a health nut who insists everyone should gnaw on sticks for extra fiber; and Fat Little Mean Girl, the star of a cautionary tale involving witchcraft and candy.
All of Aunt Sally's reminiscences lead up to a crucial story about trolls, sinister creatures who supposedly lurked along the shore at night. The trolls had the power to change Aunt Sally's life forever, and their legacy may change the lives of the three present-day children as well.
- National Book Award Finalist
- Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book
- ALA Notable Book
- Riverbank Review Book of Distinction
- Booklist Editor's Choice
- Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
- Horn Book Fanfare
- A Rosie O'Donnell Pick and featured on her television show
"Polly Horvath has produced a small gem.... she draws her characters with such precision that they peak without ever going over the top." —The New York Times Book Review
"This is a brilliant book . . ." —The Globe and Mail
"Horvath, a master storyteller herself, skillfully parallels the two generations as she conveys the unthinking cruelty older siblings often bestow upon younger ones". — The Horn Book