Will Gallows and the Snake-bellied Troll by Derek Keilty

Will Gallows and the Snake-bellied Troll

Written by Derek Keilty

9+ readers   Books of the Month   Debuts of the Month   eBooks   
Download an extract Share this book

The Lovereading4Kids comment

A romping cowboy story with a difference, this is entertaining, action pack adventure set in a richly imagined fantasy world. Elfling Will Gallows joins the sky cowboys and sets out on a quest to capture Noose Wormworx, an evil troll bandit wanted for killing Will’s father. Will’s search takes him to the underground city of Deadrock where he unearths a deadly secret. Will is a likeable new hero in a thrilling new environment.

A Richard and Judy Children's Book Club selection 2011 - Read by Yourself category.


Will Gallows and the Snake-bellied Troll by Derek Keilty

Will Gallows, a young elfling sky cowboy, rides out on a perilious quest to bring the evil snake-bellied troll bandit, Noose Wormworx, to justice. Noose is wanted for the murder of Will's pa - the former deputy sheriff of Oretown. Will's journey takes him deep into the heart of the West-Rock, to the dark underground city of Deadrock, where he soon uncovers a deadly secret that could spell disaster not only for Oretown, but for the whole of the West-Rock.

To visit the Will Gallows website, click here.

Browse inside this book


'Wow, what a brilliant read. Fresh and original – and very funny too. This cowboy's
riding to an exciting new frontier in fiction.’ - Joseph Delaney, author of The Spook's

About the Author

Derek Keilty

Will Gallows and the Snake-Bellied Troll is Derek’s debut novel for children although
previously, he has published several educational books. He began writing in 2000 as a new millennium resolution and hasn’t looked back. Currently, he has a thriving schools program, storytelling and taking creative writing workshops around local schools. He lives in Northern Ireland with his wife, Elaine, who is Canadian, and has twin daughters, Sarah-Jane and Rebekah.

Click here to visit the Will Gallows website for more information about the author and the Will Gallow Books.

More books by this author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info


256 pages
Interest Age: From 9 to 11 years


Derek Keilty
More books by Derek Keilty


Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

3rd February 2011




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

Publisher's Website


It’s a community united by a passion for books and promoting the best there is in children’s literature.

Sam Bateman and family

I love Lovereading because I often never know what to read and this helps you find a good book. I have recommended this to many people.

Shannon-Louise Masters – age 15

Lovereading4kids is great, we get books really early never late. We love to read and review, and think you would like it too. The excitement

Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 12

It gives me a chance to read types of books that I would not normally try, and it motivates me to read every night to finish it!

Alice Horncastle, age 14

We love Lovereading4kids because it promotes reading choices, new authors and a sense of community for children of all ages!

Rachel Bridgeman

It has introduced my children to books we hadn’t come across before. Real children’s reviews gives a great insight into what others think to

Lorraine Woods

I love lovereading4kids because I’ve read amazing books I would never have picked up, and its opened doors to new genre’s I now love.

Harriet Cunningham

It’s really exciting to read and review new books, thrilling to see my reviews online and I love finding the final published copies on sale.

Sam Harper – age 10

Lovereading 4 schools