Bunce, Elizabeth C. Curse As Dark As Gold, 400pgs Arthur A. Levine Books; Language~G, Sexual Content~G; Violence~G
The story of Rumplestiltskin is one that has fascinated children and haunted new mothers through the ages. A young girl is in desperate need of help . . . a magic man comes to her aid . . . eventually she is required to hand over her newborn child in payment unless she can guess the man’s name. In this retelling of the fairy-tale, Bunce twists the story to involve an old curse and a miller family and does it will moderate success. The story begins with the death of the miller who leaves behind his two daughters to run the family business. The oldest of the daughters takes the reigns of the family business and struggles to make ends meet. She then encounters a magic man who will spin straw into gold . . .for a price. Readers who are tried and true fans of fairy-tale retellings will find this story too long, too confusing, and too far from the basic storyline. However, the beautiful cover and semi-romantic storyline will intrigue female readers.
Middle School/High School OPTIONAL Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Librarian