The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780307977939, 264pp.
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone's joke.But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she's right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse.
To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship and a cheeky sense of humor he just might triumph in the end.
A Texas Bluebonnet finalist and winner of the ILA award for middle grade fiction, "Rump" is perfect for fans of Gail Carson Levine's "Ella Enchanted"or Adam Gidwitz's "A Tale Dark and Grimm." And don't miss Liesl Shurtliff's other fairy tale retellings: "Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood."
"A fresh riff on the Grimm Brothers'"Rumpelstiltskin," told with wit from the impish point of view of the troublemaker himself." "People"
"""Lighthearted and inventive, "Rump"amusingly expands a classic tale." Brandon Mull, #1"New York Times"bestselling author of"Fablehaven.
Before she became a writer, Liesl graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in music, dance, and theater. Her first three books, "Rump, Jack"and"Red"are all"New York Times"bestsellers and"Rump"was named to over two dozen state award lists and won an ILA Children s Book Award.She lives in Chicago with her family, where she continues to spin fairy tales.
Visit her at lieslshurtliff.com"
People Magazine, August 12, 2013:
"A fresh riff on the Grimm Brothers' Rumpelstiltskin, told with wit from the impish point of view of the troublemaker himself."
The Denver Post, May 6, 2013:
“A startlingly original book.”
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2013:
“As good as gold.”
School Library Journal, May, 2013:
“A beguiling take on a classic tale.... This captivating fantasy has action, emotional depth, and lots of humor.”
BookPage, April 9, 2013:
“Shurtliff takes the traditional fairy tale and turns it on its head, interspersing humor with tenderness, action with insight. Rump shows the other side of Rumpelstiltskin, one of the most vilified characters in fairy tales, and reminds readers that in a good story, very little is as it seems.”
"Liesl Shurtliff does more than spin words into gold—she gets us rooting for Rumpelstiltskin, a most magical feat."
—Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hattie Big Sky
"Lighthearted and inventive, Rump amusingly expands a classic tale."
—Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fablehaven