February 18, 2015

Young Rumpelstiltskin

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
by Liesl Shurtliff

In The Kingdom, your name is your destiny, and twelve-year-old Rump's destiny really stinks. His mother died before she could say his full name making Rump small and short and the target of everyone's jokes. But his luck starts to change when he finds his mother's spinning wheel. With no wool at hand, he tries spinning straw and is astounded when the straw turns into gold. 

At first, Rump's gift seems wonderful. He can now trade his gold for whatever he needs. His friend Red warns him that magic causes trouble, but Rump discovers this too late. He finds himself trapped in a curse that can only be broken by a purer, stronger magic. So Rump sets out to break his curse, with many adventures along the way.

Shurtliff's unique take on the Rumpel fairy tale is a refreshing delight. Her characters are sympathetic, appealing and funny, even the villainous ones. And her trolls steal the show.

Highly recommended.

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