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Once upon a time, in a land you only think you know, lived a little girl and her mother . . . or the woman she thought was her mother.

Every day, when the little girl played in her pretty garden, she grew more curious about what lay on the other side of the garden wall . . . a rather enormous garden wall.

And every year, as she grew older, things seemed weirder and weirder, until the day she finally climbed to the top of the wall and looked over into the mines and desert beyond.

Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale teams up with husband Dean Hale and brilliant artist Nathan Hale (no relation) to bring readers a swashbuckling and hilarious twist on the classic story as youve never seen it before. Watch as Rapunzel and her amazing hair team up with Jack (of beanstalk fame) to gallop around the wild and western landscape, changing lives, righting wrongs, and bringing joy to every soul they encounter.

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About the Author

SHANNON HALE is the author of Newbery-Honor winning Princess Academy, the Books of Bayern: The Goose Girl, Enna Burning, and River Secrets, and a novel for adults, Austenland. She and husband DEAN HALE (computer programmer by day, crimefighter by night) have two children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah. www.shannonhale.com

NATHAN HALE is the illustrator of The Devil You Know and Yellowbelly and Plum go to School. He and his family live in Provo, Utah. www.spacestationnathan.com

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Gypsi, January 27, 2011 (view all comments by Gypsi)

Rapunzel's Revenge is a very enjoyable retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale which moves the setting to the Old Wild West. Rapunzel has been raised to believe that Mother Gothel is her natural mother, but an act of rebellion on her twelfth birthday leads to the truth and Mother Gothel's retribution.


Rapunzel is imprisoned in a bewitched tree tower for four years, during which time her hair grows extremely long, she exercises and finds new uses for her hair out of boredom, and she continues to displease Mother Gothel on her yearly visit. She finally escapes, meets up with Jack, and the adventure really begins as they plot Mother Gothel's downfall.

This was a delightful story, both whimsical and warm, and the Wild West setting gave it a completely unique flavor. A strong female character, a good friendship and humor all the way through round it off to a very nicely done tale.

The art is pleasing, while not exceptional. It rarely does anything to advance the storyline, but does illustrate it nicely and fully brings out the "tall tale" feel to the story.

I'm surprised at the recommended age range, 9-12, and feel that a somewhat older age would appreciate it and understand it better.

Overall, this is an unusual and delightful retelling of a classic story that should please young adult readers, graphic novel fans and lovers of fairy tale retellings.
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CKL, October 10, 2010 (view all comments by CKL)
The art is pretty sophisticated for a children's book--I'd put it on par with adult graphic novels.

Overall, I really liked the story--making Rapunzel a tomboy heroine was a nice twist (no pun intended)--but I did roll my eyes about halfway through, when the narrative turned into a video game. Seriously. Random NPCs pop up to ask Rapunzel and her companion Jack to help them by completing various quests, for which they get some information or other kind of reward.

This device is known in the Turkey City Lexicon as "plot coupons," and I suppose it's good enough for a younger audience, but still. I feel like the authors could have done better.
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crowyhead, April 21, 2010 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This was a total blast! Shannon Hale re-imagines the story of Rapunzel in a fantasy Wild West setting, with utterly enjoyable results. This is totally appropriate for middle grade readers (probably fourth grade and up, but really it all depends on reading level), but it will be enjoyable for anyone who likes clever retellings of fairy tales. Nathan Hale's artwork is fantastic, and anyone with long hair who ever cringed at the idea of the scalp tugging involved in the Rapunzel story will be relieved to see that Hale always shows Rapunzel using her hands or a hook or any number of other things to mitigate the scalp strain. ;) (Seriously, that used to really bother me as a kid...)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781599900704
Author:
Hale, Shannon
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Illustrator:
Hale, Nathan
Author:
Hale
Author:
Nathan
Author:
Hale, Dean
Author:
Hale, Nathan
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Revenge
Subject:
Outlaws
Subject:
Robbers and outlaws
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Fairy tales
Subject:
Folklore/Anthologies
Subject:
Comics
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Anthologies
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 to 8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
color illustrations throughout
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
10.88 x 7.50 in
Age Level:
12-UP

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