Are trolls real? Are humans real? Why are moonstones so important to trolls and what happened to the trolls’ moonstones? Join Winnie and Jerry, along with Humphrey and Oola, as they encounter bears, raging whirlpools, mystery caves and other dangerous escapades in their search for the missing moonstones.
This fantasy and adventure story is a must read for middle school children and, as excellent literature, will appeal to all ages. The narrator is an 11-year-old girl named Winnie who unwillingly ventures out on a camping trip with her Dad and her pesky older brother Jerry. Winnie brings her troll doll Binky along and so begins the adventure of a lifetime for Winnie and Jerry. The story is so well written and so engaging that readers will feel that they are actually a part of this adventure as Winnie and Jerry try to solve the mystery of the missing moonstones with their newfound friends Humphrey and Oola (two real trolls).
As a former librarian and educator, I highly recommend Winnie and the Mystery of the Missing Moonstones by JP Coman. You will not be able to put this book down until you find out how these four characters solve this mystery. And along the way, you will get to know these characters so well that they will become your friends.
--Dr. Patricia Comeaux,Professor Emeritus,Communication Studies,University of North Carolina Wilmington
As I began to read this mystery tale, I soon found myself smiling, shaking my head and nodding in agreement to the sibling arguments that take place during the car ride toward the unknown camping location planned by their father. Winnie eleven and Jerry twelve years old do not want to be together much less together on a boring camping trip.
Winnie has her favorite Troll doll, Binky with purple hair and shiny gems over her heart with her also on this trip. Her brother threatens that he will throw her doll out of the window and by accident, he eventually does. Binky may be lost forever.
Winnie meets a real girl Troll, Oola who has amber hair. “Humans do not believe in Trolls and Trolls do not believe in humans”. Oola shares her story with Winnie about the missing moonstones that were stolen many years ago from her village. Possession of the moonstones gave them eternal life, without them, the trolls will age and die.
Winnie and Jerry soon find themselves helping Oola and her friend Troll Humphrey go on an adventure together to find the missing moonstones to help save their Troll village from extinction. They need to solve the mystery of where they might find the stones by following a riddle line by line.
The ending to this book will leave the reader ready to read the next adventure of this Troll series to be released in 2020.
Page by page is filled with the thrill of an adventure being played out. For the youngster who loves to read a mystery story, this is easy reading and never boring to the very end.
--Sudie Landry, Writers’ Guild of Acadiana, President
Young readers will instantly identify with our hero Winnie while she navigates through an unfamiliar world along with her insufferable brother, Jerry. As an educator for over forty years, I know that JP Coman’s engaging tale will surely inspire children to dive into future literary adventures for years to come.
Young fans of adventure and magic will be delighted by “Winnie and the Mystery of the Missing Moonstones.” Cheer along with Winnie and her brother as they find themselves helping two trolls solve an ancient puzzle. The expedition leads them through a forest, across a mysterious lake and under a rumbling volcano. Magic marshmallows, a bumbling dad and an extremely talkative troll add to the fun of this enjoyable romp!
-- Denise Gallagher, Design and Illustration
Winnie and the Mystery of the Missing Moonstones is a wonderfully adventurous tale, perfect for young readers. The author [Coman] weaves vivid imagery and page-turning suspense among a captivating narrative, thus creating an immersive story that has the reader wanting more.
--Ann Catherine Mouton, Elementary school teacher
Winnie and the Mystery of the Missing Moonstones is an imaginative story where fantasy mixes with reality. Author JP Coman keeps the story moving with plot twists and turns and interesting characters like practical Winnie, her prank loving brother, and the mysterious trolls. Anyone who has traveled or camped out with family will relate to some of the mishaps that occur as the mystery unfolds. The ordinary turns extraordinary when the magical world of trolls is revealed. I received a free copy of the book to review and found it to be a fun book for early readers through middle grade. It’s an action packed story and includes wonderful illustrations by Mailys Pitcher.
--Carol Stubbs, Author
Their dad's decision to go camping late in the season leaves Winnie and Jerry with nothing to do but bicker and annoy each other. But when Winnie storms off in anger, she accidentally rescues a real live troll! All their moonstones were stolen, and they need Winnie's help to get their magic back! Winnie and Jerry start off on a whirling adventure with their new friends, Oola and Humphry, and encounter new dangers with each step of their journey. Even if they find the treasure, how will they get home? An original, entertaining, and thoroughly charming fantasy story for young readers ages 8-12, "Winnie and the Mystery of the Missing Moonstones" is unreservedly endorsed and recommended for family, elementary school, middle school, and community library Fantasy Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Winnie and the Mystery of the Missing Moonstones" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).
From Roberta Reads
"When Winnie reluctantly goes on a camping trip with her brother Jerry and her father, she encounters a strange creature in the forest. She and Jerry set off on an adventure.
This book is very well written, and the illustrations are beautiful. The story is entertaining and absorbing, even as an adult. I would have loved this story even more as a child.
The relationship between Winnie and Jerry was a realistic sibling relationship. The squabbling and generally being extremely irritating to one another reminds me of some parts of my own childhood. Winnie’s feelings about having to go on this camping trip very much remind me of how unfair life sometimes seemed at that age.
The trolls are brought to life very well, having their own characters and way of life in Mayfield (their village). The adventure that the two trolls and two children go on is well imagined and believable (within the genre of fantasy). Enough danger to make it exciting, but not too much.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, light hearted, fantasy adventure, I had so much fun reading it.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review."
From NetGalley Reviewer: Gretchen Vega
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
As annoyed as I was with Winnie and Jerry’s sometimes dim witted dad, I loved this book! The trolls were absolutely adorable and I loved how they were so united and willing to help each other out. I loved the illustrations as well. I’m a visual person when I read so, these illustrations were lovely and very helpful.