Wrestling Trolls: Thud in trouble by Jim Eldridge
Hot Key Books, 2015. ISBN 9781471402654
(Age: 9+) Highly recommended. Wrestling Trolls has two short narratives involving our main characters Milo, Big Rock the troll and Jack the half troll half human. They are accompanied by their talking animal friends - a horse and a phoenix. The group of friends travel the countryside and enter wrestling tournaments. The stories are quick-moving and full of action and involve wrestling scenes. This will help engage those reluctant readers and is highly recommended for boys aged 9+. While this is book 4 in the series, readers will not have to read previous books to understand what is going on.
Due to their short nature, these stories would be great for reading in the class. Students could deconstruct the narrative structure and investigate characters. Excerpts of these stories would also be good for helping create discussions around bullying.