Author: Chelsea Walker Flagg

Publisher: Independent

Pages: 216

Genre: Early Middle Grade

Tinsey Clover is smart. She’s brave. Also, she can’t carry a tune to
save her life. Oh yeah, plus she’s an elf the size of a chipmunk. When
her bizarre magical power grows in and makes her feel like a total
outsider in her own village, Tinsey sneaks into the forbidden forest on a
journey to find someone more like her. From trolls to dragons, what she
discovers along the way challenges everything, and everyone, she
thought she knew.
A coming of age story for early middle-grade fans of Sarah Mlynowski, Kate DiCamillo, and Chris Colfer.




Today’s the day. The day I’m finally going to sneak out of Snugglepunk to explore the rest of the Bungaborg Forest. Of course, I said the same thin yesterday. And the day before. And the day before that. But, today, I really mean it.

I brush a strand of shaggy purple hair out of my full moon emerald green eyes and make a thirty-degree turn to the right followed by forty-four paces. A full right-angle turn to the left
then another hundred-and-seven steps. I calculate the path with precision,quietly weaving my way in and out of massive brown tree trunks so old, you could climb into their wrinkles and stay hidden for weeks. The trees shoot up most likely all the way to space, spreading their enormous, greedy branches to hog all the sunlight for themselves.

Not to brag or anything, but I’m pretty much an expert sneaker. I mean, when you’ve done something as much as I’ve done this, it’s hard not to be an expert. Another ninety degree right turn. I’m close now. Thirty more yards, which is no small distance when you’re only
the size of a chipmunk. Still, my bare feet know the way by heart. They glide quickly over the mossy ground beneath me.

I tune into my slightly pointy ears for a second. Part of being a great sneaker is using all your senses. I hear the call of the morning Icelandic birds and a soft, melodic humming of the other trealfur elves waking up. It’s not an unusual sound. Trealfur elves always hum. It’s just something you do when you’ve got the best singing voices in the forest.


Chelsea is an award-winning author of both adult and children’s
books. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and three
practically perfect daughters.

WEBSITE: www.chelseaflagg.com
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