A delightful story.
Claire--the quick-witted child we all wish we had been--embarks on a journey through the magic infested river to save her bully cousin from the spell of a troll. Helgerson adds just the right amount of whimsy here without losing the tension of the adventure, and the chapters, though short, flow together smoothly. While the end is easy to predict, there are just enough twists to keep readers doubting.
Any child with a fanciful imagination will love this, and not even the bullies of the classroom will balk at its lesson of redemption and second chances.
Estimated reading level: 5th grade