New Picture Book Tells an Unusual Singing Showdown between “Katie and the Troll Queen”

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Children’s book author Randi McKinnon takes readers into a world where trolls and fairies are believed to be real

Every performer’s dream is to be discovered. That is why singing contests are continuously on the rise all over the world. For one little girl, singing could be the very key in winning her freedom. Readers can follow an unusual showdown in Katie and the Troll Queen, a delightful picture book by Grandma Nor.

The tale is about a little girl named Katie and her extraordinary adventure one summer day. When she was a little girl, her grandmother used to tell her about trolls. Trolls lived in caves and would come out of their homes only for specific reasons. Usually, when a troll meets a wandering child in the forest, he would suggest a game. If the troll wins, he keeps the child. But if he loses, the child is set free to go home. For young Katie, an encounter with the troll queen herself – and most certainly a singing contest with her – was something she never imagined.

Readers can follow Katie’s unlikely adventure as the troll queen engages her in a singing contest while finding her picking berries in the forest. They will also find out why her mother is not able to sing along with her, which is something they supposedly enjoy very much.

With vibrant colors from the first page to the last, Katie and the Troll Queen is a parent-child bonding tool that sends a message of courage, honesty, and love for music. This book will be featured at the 2012 Michigan Reading Association Book Exhibit in Grand Rapids, Mich. on March 9-11, 2012.

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About the Author
Randi McKinnon came to USA from Norway in 1959 and settled in Oregon. After working in food service 40 some odd years as a chef and baker, she retired. Thinking retirement was boring, she needed something new to do. Her correspondence with friends almost always turned into what they called “book editions”. Of all her hobbies, she likes writing the best and decided to take a correspondence course in writing children’s books.

“Most of my stories are fiction as I embellish on stories from my childhood. In the village where I grew up, it was far between houses so I had no playmates and had to make up my own games. Trolls and fairies were believed to be real, according to my grandparents. So remembering this, I have a lot to write about. Some of my sentence structures may not be quite correct as I sometimes mix my two languages together. Here’s hoping I’ll be forgiven,” she shares.

Katie and the Troll Queen * by Grandma Nor
Publication Date: July 18, 2011
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4653-3817-4

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