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When an evil crow snatches a beloved medallion, young trolls Thistle and Fane have one more reason to venture outside the Clearing. Driven by a thirst for adventure, and anger at their King for sheltering them for far too long, they decide to search for a way across Mangleblood River. What they find will change their lives for all eternity. They soon discover that the tiesWhen an evil crow snatches a beloved medallion, young trolls Thistle and Fane have one more reason to venture outside the Clearing. Driven by a thirst for adventure, and anger at their King for sheltering them for far too long, they decide to search for a way across Mangleblood River. What they find will change their lives for all eternity. They soon discover that the ties of friendship are breakable, lies are as real as the mud they stand in, and what they thought would last forever, is nothing more than an illusion....

Title : The Truth About Mud (A 'Mangleblood Rose' Story)
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ISBN : 24553878
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Number of Pages : 51 Pages
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The Truth About Mud (A 'Mangleblood Rose' Story) Reviews

  • Leslie Cox
    2019-05-12 17:44

    Instead of doing a play by play in this review.. Im going to give you something that in this case is even better... My experience of witnessing children hear it for the first time! 2 words.. Crazy Fun!Another winner from Ms Rosalie will the world catch on the this amazingly creative writer?!?! i recommend this book for anyone 5 and up. Its imaginative, creative, funny, exciting and too short! I was recently hospitalized and took my kindle down to the pediatric wing where I read Thistle and Fanes story to 13 juvenile patients who were between 6-10 years old and let me just say that for 2 days I was the coolest patient in that hospital!! I read half on day one and when I said that I would be back the next day.. Oh the begging for just 10 more minutes of reading broke me ( yes I read for 10 more minutes.. Twice!)Day 2... They were waiting for me! Each on was so eager to see what happened next that several were sitting in chairs while receiving chemo with buckets beside them so they didn't have to leave to throw up!( yes some did!). Each child tried to guess what happened next and after the " end" I do believe it was their first intro to the " epic" To Be Continued:) I spa t another hour there just listening to these kids discuss and argue about trolls.. It was heaven on earth! Congratulations Christina! You gave these youngsters another world away from " illness" in which to get lost in! Each one was enraptured by the hysterical descriptions for those normally embarrassing bodily functions that are always funny even in simple terms! I gave this delightful and very enjoyable novella 5 stars due to the way I WITNESSED the complete engagement of the target audience ( kids) and for her usual style of using the written word to paint this world and their unique characters. My real and only complaint is that its short but I know there will be more of Thistle and Fane... I just have to be patient!( not one of my virtues). That being said... I cant wait for the nectar installment!!!!!

  • Logan Keys
    2019-05-01 19:30

    Best short story EVER!

  • Chrystalin
    2019-05-08 19:36

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.......This is a cute, quick read. I felt like it was really just laying the background for a bigger story to come. I loved getting to meet the main characters and learn a little bit of troll background. I was able to glimpse a vision of true friendship with Fane and Thistle and I look forward to seeing how it grows in the future book. It also showed their willingness to sacrifice both for those they loved and those they had not met before. I love that these things are included in a children's book. I think children of varying ages will be drawn in by the characters and their traits (even the grosser, 'booger' traits that will entice 8-12 year old boys) And as an adult, I look forward to following this story.

  • Christina Munson
    2019-05-03 20:35

    When I first started reading this book I was unsure of how much I would like it, but that changed quickly. The first thing I noticed was the great amount of detail used, I felt the characters could be real, and I could picture the surroundings perfectly. This story was a thrilling read, full of magic and mischief. It keeps you hooked to the very end and makes you want to know what will happen next. Overall I loved it!

  • Tricia Drammeh
    2019-04-26 18:45

    Thistle has already lost her Nan. She can't bear to lose her medallion too. She'll do anything to get it back, even if it means defying the troll-king's orders and crossing the Mangleblood River. Her best friend, Thane, is willing to help her, but will Thistle's quest change their lives forever?The Truth About Mud is a yucky, brilliant, enchanting, muddy adventure that readers of any age will love. For me, it was a page-turning story, and though I'm quite a bit older than the intended audience for the book, I absolutely loved it. Kids and teens will love it too because it's a clever, intelligent book that isn't afraid to get a little messy. Thistle is a fantastic character. She's independent, brave, and while she yearns for adventure, she also yearns for a sense of belonging. I would recommend this book to everyone! It's a unique, fun, magical story that I'll probably read again.

  • Veronica Williams
    2019-05-10 18:36

    There's always a but isn't there... ;)Ok yes it's a children's book and I am far post my childhood lol but I loved this book all the same! It is the perfect grossness and funny all massed up in one perfect book for your kids (or yourself) to read. Heck... read it together. I can't wait to read it to my 5 yr old. I'm sure she will get the jest of it and have lots of cute giggles throughout it. I recommend this book to and for...EVERYONE! You can't go wrong with it and I think you and your whole family will love it as much as mine. Ok... there always has to be a but huh...I did love this book the only thing I did not like was....it ended. Lol I need more! Really! I have to find out about Prince star belly!! Who is that you ask... oh it's just the one person you will find out about when you read this book. ;) ya I know. Lol I love it!

  • LauraHernandez
    2019-04-23 14:53

    The first thing that attracted me to this book was the title and the cover and once I picked it up there was just no putting it down. The storyline flows smoothly and the characters immediately draw you in. Ms. Rozelle has a wonderful way with words so you find yourself captivated by the vivid imagery she shares with us. People of all ages will fall in love with Thistle as she pushes to discover the many other things outside of her world and as she shows us that strength and courage comes in all different shapes and sizes along side her companion Fane. Don't pass this book up as I believe that you will not be disappointed.I am looking forward to what happens next and congratulate Ms. Rozelle on a job well done!

  • Sarah
    2019-05-16 20:28

    The story/world reminded me of other fantasy tales like Strange Magic (the George Lucas movie). It was somewhat intriguing, but the biggest turn off for me (and something which I felt was a substantial part of the story) was the stereotypical gender roles for the characters and the instantaneous heteronormativity that I felt was entirely unnecessary. Not to mention that the protagonist is your typical "girl who's not like any other girls" but is immediately smitten with the first hot guy she meets and also goes on to fall in love with her best friend out of no where. Haven't we had enough of all that?

  • Kimberly Vanderbloom
    2019-05-14 19:34

    If you are interested a quick cute read than this is the novella for you. It was engaging and capture an interesting side to gross things. It is a perfect pick me up for adults and a captivating novella for kids. The story flowed quickly and kept me engaged until the end. It was unique to read such a interesting concept on trolls. This is the second book I have read from this author and plan on reading anything else she writes.

  • Angela
    2019-05-20 13:23

    This story reminded me of the treasure trolls that I played with as a child...only way better. I imagine if they had talked and had a native land, this was definetly it...flatulence, snot and all! Funny, sad, adventurous, and full of mischief, this book is sure to entertain readers of all ages. True friendship, unforgettable characters, and lots of mud make this an intriguing story that I'm hoping someday we can read more of! My children are definetly next in line to read this wonderful tale!

  • Wendy
    2019-05-04 15:25

    This was a cute little story that I can't wait to share with my son. I know he's going to want to know more about the adventures of Thistle and Fane and the magical world of Muds! I liked the message that it doesn't matter what color or type of "creature" we are that counts. It is only important that we are friendly to and accepting of everyone.

  • Samantha Lundergn
    2019-04-30 14:28

    This was an intriguing Short read. It kept me in the edge of my seat and guessing what would happen next. I also live the fact that it is kid friendly and the author found alternative means to cuss. Over all it had a great plot and left me wanting more.

  • Hayley Guertin
    2019-05-05 14:52

    "'It is customary for proper trolls to wipe all mucus at eye-level, on trees or other perennial plants, rocks, and structures. This shall ensure that our territory be marked clear in case of outsider invasion. Plus, it's just good manners.'" (Rozelle, 8). The Truth About Mud is a fun little novella based on the life of a troll. Setting out after a crow that stole her Nan's medallion, she soon discovers a whole other world she didn't even know about - and that she might not be accepted into. While this story is intended for younger audiences, it's still a fun, entertaining read for kids at heart. However a very quick read, it was still decently written and interesting. I did find that Rozelle tried to cram too much story into one novella. I understand that the book is meant to be short, however rather than trying to tell the story as quickly as possible, next time she could try to omit certain parts of the story to elaborate a little more on the moments that mattered. The story also holds many serious matters - matters such as the bonds of friendship don't always last, that nothing lasts forever, and that more things than we know are lies. These things are important for children to understand, and I think that it was a good way of introducing these topics. I did enjoy the story, and I am interested to see if there will be any more to add to this series, as there was a large amount of lead up for certain things that we didn't get to see much of. I would give this 4 out of 5 stars. 

  • Kelly Hawkins Solomon
    2019-04-29 17:48

    This is a super cute fast read! This is a great book for people of all ages. Great imagination, world building, and fun characters. Basically two of the Mud trolls go on an adventure to recover Thistle's medallion that was stolen by a crow. They break some of the most basic rules of their village to do this. They come across another set of trolls that are the Treasures. The mud trolls are just that, muddy and troll like. The treasures are the beautiful people. This story talks delves into the differences in people and how we are treated when different. It turns out that there is a reason for everything and Thistle, along with Fane, are given a great opportunity to help make things right in the world. The ending is perfect and leaves it open in the best way for a sequel. Such a cute read! I recommend this for everyone!

  • Eva
    2019-05-17 13:50

    If you have read “The Truth About Mud” by Christina Rozelle, you’ll want to read subsequent books that are part of the Mangleblood Rose miniseries. In this quick read of 68 pages, the story unfolds with two trolls Thistle and Fane. They embark on a journey leaving the Clearing and across Mangleblood River.Thank you GoodReads for the book.

  • Mindy
    2019-05-19 15:29

    Similar to Dr Seuss story Two mud trolls meet gem trolls save a baby and discover that most people are basically the same. Good story about accepting yourself as you are no matter what others think

  • Amie's Book Reviews
    2019-05-14 14:44

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ * I received a free copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program.Thistle and Fane are young as far as trolls go. They are also best friends. Thistle wears a medallion necklace that was given to her by her Nan. "Before a stupid crow gobbled her up." It is Thistle's most prized possession. When a crow swoops down from the sky and steals her precious medallion, Thistle will do anything to get it back - even leave the Clearing and cross the Mangleblood River. According to Thistle, "No one had ever crossed Mangleblood River before. At least not that [she] knew of. Because of the name, you know ... Bunch of scaredy-trolls and superstitious bloombabies. So, Thistle and Fane set out on a quest to retrieve her medallion and what they discover will change their lives ... FOREVER. I loved this book. At only 68 pages, it is a quick read but there is a whole lot of story packed into its pages. Christina L. Rozelle has created a fascinating and richly imaginative world that will draw readers in and make them instant fans of the 'Mangleblood Rose' series. "The Truth About Mud" has lots of great lines that will appeal to the middle grade reader, such as: "...he laughed so hard he farted and killed a swarm of mosquitos." These terrific one-liners will also put a smile on the face of adult readers. I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book in the series and to sign up for "The Rozelle Army" at http://repute.com/68sS9I rate this phenomenal middle grade adventure as 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Whether you are a middle grade reader, a young adult or even an adult, I highly recommend this book and I am adding it to my MUST READ list. I almost forgot to mention the wonderful cover apart. From the font to the colour palette, to the graphics, it is absolutely stunning. I am very impressed by cover artist John Gibson To read more of my reviews, visit my blog at http://AmiesBookReviews.wordpress.com

  • Rachel Barnard
    2019-05-05 15:28

    “Oh crabapples, you’re the most atrocious troll I’ve ever seen in my life.” (Page 31).Thistle has always wanted to cross the Mangleblood River, but as a troll and Mud she has been told not to. It isn’t until a crow steals her beloved nan’s medallion that she gathers the courage to defy her king and find a way across the river. Her friend Fane finds her as she searches for the way and joins her in the quest. Together they cross the river and find something so new that Thistle will lose herself temporarily in its shininess.There are a few themes touched upon in The Truth About Mud that are fascinating to read about in the context of a story about Trolls and Mud and a gross-out kind of environment that as humans we are entirely not used to. The world Rozelle builds is so unfamiliar to us that it is mesmerizing in its depth of uniqueness. The characters are Trolls and live a very different life than humans and Rozelle builds up their environment expertly to show how they live the way they do and what’s important to them in their world.I found the ‘gender’ difference and the ‘species’ differences to be fascinating, especially as presented in a seemingly harmless fantasy world.Mascues and Femmes I assume are similar to males and females as we would kind of know them in our human world. Mascues are masculine and tough, but also very gross and very troll-like. They train and are warriors. Femmes are feminine but also very gross and they have powers of enchantment. The author sticks with typical gender roles, but extends them beyond the norm for her world infested with boogers and mud and yucky things.Treasures and Muds are two types of trolls that are separated by the Mangleblood river. The way Rozelle plays with stereotypes and prejudices of one species of troll with another almost mimics real world stereotyping.

  • Ileana Rivera-Soto
    2019-04-29 21:25

    Thistle yearns to see the world across the Mangleblood River. Unlike the other femmes in her community, she dreams of being a warrior like the mascues who undergo training. Long time friends with Fane, they explore their surroundings together in secret. King Tasso doesn't take kindly to the curious, and often humiliates Thistle among the rest of the Muds. During their exploration, Thistle and Thane come across secrets that lead them across the river and right into a prophecy that affects the muds, treasures and trolls alike. A mysterious raven, medallion and baby are only the beginning to the mysteries that this world holds.This story, although short, packs quite a punch. Pacing is fairly quick but appropriate. The world building is well crafted and Thistle and Fane(the main characters) are well developed. I enjoyed the banter between the MC' and the little I learned from the King, the Treasures and the raven. I also enjoyed the suspense the birth of a treasure caused among the characters, whether they were major or minor to the story's development. All in all, I enjoyed it, and look forward to more in the series. I would recommend. This story can be enjoyed by both children and young adults.

  • LaDonna
    2019-04-20 19:30

    Children's books aren't my normal genre now that my youngest is 12 but I was invited to the release party for this one and I felt I owed it to the author to at least read and review it. I can't tell you how glad I am that I did. I am still chuckling and grinning - such a cute story!! Ms. Rozelle paints such a vivid fantasy world of trolls - both muds and treasures - you can't help but imagine lush illustrations in your mind. You will cringe trying unsuccessfully to hide your laughter at the snot and slime and fart references. You will sympathize with Thistle's feelings of not fitting in, and adore the story of friendship throughout. In the end you will join me in begging the author for at least as sequel, if not a full series, as your time in this place with these wonderful characters comes to a close much too soon, and you are left with more questions than answers in the end. A marvelous surprise and fun for the whole family!

  • Daniel
    2019-05-02 14:43

    Learned the hard way round that it can be very useful to read the blurb the writer writes about the book before starting the book. Would have saved me a lot of grey hairs wondering what it was all about in the first 10 pages. I did like the idea of the story and the way Thistle and Fane work together. For a story this short you do get some introduction in the life of them, but I missed the discription of the living environment so you could imagine where they were going. Guess will come in the second story then.The black crow was a great idea and I loved how it all turned out with that one!Tried to ask my daughter to read the story, but seems it's not her type of thing.So, would I recommend the book? If you like an adventure story with a bit of love and a bit of magic, are not worried about the amount of ideas you have to fill in yourself, then this would be the right book for you.

  • Daniel
    2019-04-26 16:48

    Learned the hard way round that it can be very useful to read the blurb the writer writes about the book before starting the book. Would have saved me a lot of grey hairs wondering what it was all about in the first 10 pages. I did like the idea of the story and the way Thistle and Fane work together. For a story this short you do get some introduction in the life of them, but I missed the discription of the living environment so you could imagine where they were going. Guess will come in the second story then.The black crow was a great idea and I loved how it all turned out with that one!Tried to ask my daughter to read the story, but seems it's not her type of thing.So, would I recommend the book? If you like an adventure story with a bit of love and a bit of magic, are not worried about the amount of ideas you have to fill in yourself, then this would be the right book for you.

  • David Caldwell
    2019-04-19 19:43

    Two young Mud trolls are the misfits of their community. He is weaker than the other males and she doesn't want to do any of the normal female activities. When they try to recover an item stolen by a crow, they find themselves on an adventure that could change the lives of all trolls forever.This is a short story but it still has a lot of world building in it. The two types of trolls are different from any type of troll I previously have known. This is the first story of a series it seems so the ending is left open for other adventures.This story should appeal to a wide age range. Younger readers shouldn't have any problems with it while appealing to older readers as well. I would rate it as 3.5 stars.

  • Liz Lowham
    2019-04-24 13:38

    This was a cute little story. The author was incredibly imaginative in her world and culture. She had some very interesting details about troll life, and despite being in a completely new fantasy world, I found things easy to follow and thought that the story moved at a good pace. The story arc felt a bit lacking, and I was rather dissatisfied with the ending. I also felt like the filler swear words--despite being clever in their creativity--were peppered in so often they distracted my attention from the story. Overall I felt like it was fun, and I would pick up the sequel. Recommend to: middle grade, young teens, someone looking for a quick, silly fantasy read.

  • Nadine Stupelli
    2019-04-25 18:32

    I received this book in exchange for my honest review. Reluctant readers will love how gross the main characters act in their normal daily lives. Thistle longs to be a warrior, but can't because she's a "femme". Her friend, Fane wants to be the best he can at what he does. I'm pretty sure he doesn't really want to only be a warrior.Rozzelle does an excellent job of making the story seem real with her details, the description of emotions, and the twists and turns as the story unfolds. It will be interesting to see where the next book takes these two adventurers who seem to be on the -path of saving the world.

  • Lynn Demsky
    2019-05-05 14:26

    This was an adorable book about a make believe place where trolls live in mud and wonder what’s up that mountain on the other side of the river and the serious trouble they get into when they venture there! This would be a GREAT book to read little one’s for quiet time or just before bed! It was cute, crazy and just fun!

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-11 20:43

    The story is interesting. A different kind genre than I'm used to. However there is a lack of information and descriptions about the characters. Especially in the first half. In the beginning it very difficult to feel a connection with the characters because of this.I received a free copy for an honest review.

  • PJ Lea
    2019-04-27 17:43

    Cute.A cute tale about a pair of trolls. Quick and easy to read, plenty of action with some fun and well described characters. I enjoyed this a lot and it would be a great story to read to a child.

  • Fawn
    2019-05-19 14:53

    The Truth About MudWhat a cute little treasure to read. I hope this is an introductory snippet because I would enjoy reading more of this world of trolls.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-24 21:39

    I enjoyed this book. My daughters enjoyed it as well. I look forward to another look into the world Christina created.