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This ravishing winner of the ALA's William C. Morris YA Debut Award is a fairy tale, spun with a mystery, woven with a family story, and shot through with romance.

Charlotte Miller has always scoffed at talk of a curse on her family's woolen mill, which holds her beloved small town together. But after her father's death, the bad luck piles up: departing workers, impossible debts, an overbearing uncle. Then a stranger named Jack Spinner offers a tempting proposition: He can turn straw into gold thread, for the small price of her mother's ring. As Charlotte is drawn deeper into her bargains with Spinner-and a romance with the local banker-she must unravel the truth of the curse on the mill and save the community she's always called home.

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"If you'll allow me to demonstrate, I do think I could be of some help to you here."

I smiled tightly. "You'd have to be able to make gold appear from thin air to be much help to us now, I'm afraid."

"Gold, you say?" he said quietly. "Well, not out of the air, maybe, but--" He reached toward Rosie and drew a length of straw free from her hat. From out of a pocket in his jacket appeared an old-fashioned handheld drop spindle, the kind no one uses anymore, and he sent it spinning with a turn of his hand. Slowly, as we watched, he drew out the straw and spun it--spun it! (CONT.)

As if it were a roving of wool! Rosie and I stood there and watched him, moment by moment, as the spindle bobbed and twirled. Something pulled out from the brown straw and through his knobby fingers, and where it should have gone onto the spindle, the finest strands of gleaming gold threads appeared. Round and round the spindle went, and the gleaming of gold turned with it. I don't know how long we watched it, turning and turning, flashing gold with every revolution. I could not take my eyes away.

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Charlotte Miller has always scoffed at talk of a curse on her family's woolen mill, which holds her beloved town together. But after her father's death, the bad luck piles up. Then a stranger named Jack Spinner makes a tempting offer: he can turn straw into gold.

About the Author

Elizabeth C. Bunce's first novel, A CURSE DARK AS GOLD, won the ALA's William C. Morris Award for a YA debut. Elizabeth cuts, sews, and embroiders both cloth and stories at her home near Kansas City, Missouri. Please visit her website at www.elizabethcbunce.com.

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H Salisbury, January 18, 2010 (view all comments by H Salisbury)
This was the ultimate novel to hide away with for the weekend. Once I started I just couldn't put it down. Lush characters, historically accurate, yet set in a fantasy world on the cusp of an industrial revolution, and superb writing artistry by first time author Elizabeth Bunce. The former PNW author was awarded the 2009 ALA William C. Morris Award, and the novel was picked as an Oprah's Book Club Kids Reading List selection, a Smithsonian Notable Book and a best book for 2008. The author's sense of time and place mixes seemlessly with her evident vast knowledge of old world superstitions and life in a town centered around a textile mill which may or may not be under the curse from a familiar fairy tale. Haunting, filled with real-life romance and gripping characters. A must read for fantasy readers and lovers of fairy tale retellings. A+
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439895767
Author:
Bunce, Elizabeth C
Publisher:
Arthur A. Levine Books
Author:
Bunce, Elizabeth C.
Author:
Bunce, Elizabeth
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 400 pages Arthur A. Levine Books - English 9780439895767 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "If you'll allow me to demonstrate, I do think I could be of some help to you here."

I smiled tightly. "You'd have to be able to make gold appear from thin air to be much help to us now, I'm afraid."

"Gold, you say?" he said quietly. "Well, not out of the air, maybe, but--" He reached toward Rosie and drew a length of straw free from her hat. From out of a pocket in his jacket appeared an old-fashioned handheld drop spindle, the kind no one uses anymore, and he sent it spinning with a turn of his hand. Slowly, as we watched, he drew out the straw and spun it--spun it! (CONT.)

As if it were a roving of wool! Rosie and I stood there and watched him, moment by moment, as the spindle bobbed and twirled. Something pulled out from the brown straw and through his knobby fingers, and where it should have gone onto the spindle, the finest strands of gleaming gold threads appeared. Round and round the spindle went, and the gleaming of gold turned with it. I don't know how long we watched it, turning and turning, flashing gold with every revolution. I could not take my eyes away.

"Synopsis" by , Charlotte Miller has always scoffed at talk of a curse on her family's woolen mill, which holds her beloved town together. But after her father's death, the bad luck piles up. Then a stranger named Jack Spinner makes a tempting offer: he can turn straw into gold.
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