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Thorn Ogres of Hagwood: The Hagwood Trilogy, Book One Hardcover – October 1, 2002

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
  • Series: Hagwood Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152167528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152167523
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,515,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Learning the ancient secret that keeps the tiny race of Hagwood Forest's werling folk safe is only one highlight of this fantasy, the smashing launch of the Hagwood Trilogy. Jarvis, author of the Deptford Mice Trilogy, here abandons mice (well, sort of) to concentrate on wee werlings, who can wergle (or transform) themselves into any creature of similar size. Readers will easily identify with seven-year-old Gamaliel Tumpin as he begins the first day of werling school with the same butterflies human children feel, accompanied by his crabby older sister, Kernella (whose "two prominent peg-shaped teeth... stick out and make her resemble a vexed rabbit"). She is crazy about popular Finnen Lufkin, who can wergle himself into almost any creature faster than even their jealous tutor, Terser Gibble, can. But trouble brews in Hagwood, and soon wergling won't be enough to protect them from the wasp/spider, Frighty Aggie ("Would that she were only a nursery bogey.... But she is not. The horror that is Frighty Aggie is as real as you or I. Doubt that at your peril," Gibble tells a student), nor from the wrath of wicked Rhiannon, faerie Queen of Hollow Hill. Rhiannon seeks the missing treasure box stolen by the Smith, last of the dwarfs who once served her and her monstrous thorn ogres. Jarvis turns up the volume on his trademark suspense blended with whimsy, and readers are drawn deeper into the magical conflict through Gamaliel and Finnen's involvement. Fun for Hobbit-addicts and Potter-philes of all ages. Next up in this series: The Dark Waters of Hagwood. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-7-In this first book of a new series, small, shape-shifting werlings become enmeshed in the evil plans of other inhabitants of the Hagwood Forest. Young Gamaliel is taking his first shape-shifting class, under the tutelage of an older student, Finnen. The students fall into the clutches of Frighty Aggie, a former werling whose desire for power changed her into a spiderlike monster. They are rescued by a Pucca who is seeking to overthrow the evil elf queen Rhiannon, whose vile creatures, the thorn ogres, wreak havoc and cause death throughout the forest. The book begins with a potentially suspenseful scene that is slowed by an excessive use of descriptive words, but then speeds up when the silly but harmless werlings take center stage. The varied creatures, the magic, a young lad who is thrust unwillingly into heroism, an evil creature of great power-these elements are all reminiscent of J. R. R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings," though lacking the scope and complexity of that series. The intricate drawings at the beginning of each chapter enhance the narrative. The intriguing characters, fast-moving plot, and thrilling (and sometimes gruesome) action will be popular with many readers, and the ending will leave them waiting eagerly for another installment.
Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Robin Jarvis, author of the Deptford Mice trilogy, is becoming increasingly well-known in the US as he is in Britain. And "Thorn Ogres of Hagwood" shows his gifts at their best -- imaginative, spinechilling, and written with lush detail.
The werlings are a race of small, peaceful people in the Hagwood, keeping themselves safe by "wergling" (shapeshifting into animal forms). Gameliel is a clumsy, shy young werling, who is generally disdained by other werlings -- with the exception of the brilliant, kindly Finnen. Finnen shares a common bond with Gameliel -- and a secret that could ruin his life.
But a small group of werlings spot a beautiful woman, the Lady Rhiannon of the Hill, and her corps of goblins, thorn ogres, and other hideous creatures. She has lost something vitally important to her, and will do whatever is necessary to get it back, and preserve her own life by doing so. A Smith with a magical knife may help the werlings, but ultimately it falls to Gameliel and the disgraced Finnen to stop the thorn ogres and the Lady.
Robin Jarvis's imagination is evident in his creation of the werlings -- he doesn't make them too complex culturally, but he makes them different in subtle ways. The idea of using a sample of animal fur to transform into that animal is an intriguing one, as is the simplicity of the Lady and her hideous creatures. Jarvis gives us explanations about Rhiannon, but thankfully does not make it complete enough that we like her.
The werlings make this book a little too lightweight to be a genuine dark fantasy, like Garth Nix's "Sabriel," but there is plenty of darkness and ugliness that will send a chill down the spine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the greatest books i have ever read. EVER.
However, one part is a little predictable-
Gamaleil is the klutzy kid who never gets anything right-
i could tell right away he will do something very courageous and important.
Other than that miniscule flaw, this is an exciting adventure that will leave you wondering what could happen in the next book. Robin Jarvis leaves you kind of hanging at the end. I highly reccomend this book to anyone!!!!!!!!
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By I. Herald on June 14, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Now, if I can only acquire the complete trilogy! It is incredibly elusive. It has been years in completion Not sure what was the hold-up.
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Wow, very original like another Tolkien universe. Great story, plot and a real page turner. The werlings of Hagwood live peacefully in the trees of the hagwood forest--overlooked while they leisurely perfect the art of wergling (shape-changing). But unlike his fellow werlings, the bumbling Gamaliel Tumpin can't manage to wergle into even the simplest of forms--a mouse--like his peers. He's tormented by his sister, Kernella Tumpin, and teased by his classmates. And he envies star student Finnen Lufkin, who can transform into almost any creature including 7 versions of mice.
But wergling will soon be the least of Gamaliel's troubles. The evil elf queen Rhiannon, the High Lady of the Hollow Hill, is desperately seeking a precious possession that was stolen long ago. Her evil knows no bounds, and with her army of monstrous thorn ogres, she will not stop until it's found. The werlings' peaceful existence is threatened by death and danger--and clumsy, awkward Gamaliel will need to call on the strength within him to fight for his family and his home. Climatic final battle is just a fantastic ending.
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