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ISBN13: 9780439895774
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This winner of the William C. Morris Award for best YA debut novel is a ghost story, spun with a romance, woven with a mystery, and shot through with fairy tale.

The gold thread promises Charlotte Miller a chance to save her family's beloved woolen mill. It promises a future for her sister, jobs for her townsfolk, security against her grasping uncle — maybe even true love.

To get the thread, Charlotte must strike a bargain with its maker, the mysterious Jack Spinner. But the gleam of gold conjures a shadowy past — secrets ensnaring generations of Millers. And Charlotte's mill, her family, her love — what do those matter to a stranger who can spin straw into gold?

This is an award-winning and wholly original retelling of "Rumplestiltskin."

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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. Levine Books.

Synopsis:

The gold thread promises Charlotte Miller a chance to save her family's beloved woolen mill. It promises a future for her sister, jobs for her townsfolk, security against her grasping uncle — maybe even true love.

To get the thread, Charlotte must strike a bargain with its maker, the mysterious Jack Spinner. But the gleam of gold conjures a shadowy past — secrets ensnaring generations of Millers. And Charlotte's mill, her family, her love — what do those matter to a stranger who can spin straw into gold?

This is an award-winning and wholly original retelling of "Rumplestiltskin."

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 shoudl 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.

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, February 16, 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:
9780439895774
Author:
Bunce, Elizabeth C.
Publisher:
Scholastic Paperbacks
Author:
Bunce, Elizabeth
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market Paperbound
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 400 pages Scholastic Paperbacks - English 9780439895774 Reviews:
"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. Levine Books.
"Synopsis" by , The gold thread promises Charlotte Miller a chance to save her family's beloved woolen mill. It promises a future for her sister, jobs for her townsfolk, security against her grasping uncle — maybe even true love.

To get the thread, Charlotte must strike a bargain with its maker, the mysterious Jack Spinner. But the gleam of gold conjures a shadowy past — secrets ensnaring generations of Millers. And Charlotte's mill, her family, her love — what do those matter to a stranger who can spin straw into gold?

This is an award-winning and wholly original retelling of "Rumplestiltskin."

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 shoudl 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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