More Than a Simple Retelling - A Curse as Dark as Gold

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curse.jpgA Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce is more than just a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.  It feels like real people with believable problems in a real setting and time period.

Here's a brief introduction:  Charlotte's father dies, and she struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running.  The family is in debt; the mill is cursed.  Her mother's uncle turns up to take them away "from all this" but she and her sister refuse.  If the mill dies, so does the village.  A stranger, Jack Spinner, shows up and Charlotte accepts his offer of help.  But what will be the cost?

A Curse as Dark as Gold (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2008) has already won awards:  Smithsonian 2008 Notable Children's Book; ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2009; William C. Morris YA Debut Award, 2009; CCBC Blue Ribbon.  Congrats to this debut author!  (Who is also a very nice person.)

Learn more about Elizabeth at her website or at her blog.  I've heard she made some costumes for the time period of her book, too.

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