An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An Edgar Allan Poe Award Finalist
Synopses & Reviews
Have you ever wondered just what was going on when that odd little man with the long name stepped up and volunteered to spin straw into gold for the millers daughter? If you stop and think about it, there are some very peculiar components to the story.
Vivian Vande Velde has wondered too, and shes come up with these six alternative versions of the old legend. A bevy of millers daughters confront their perilous situation in very different ways—sometimes comic, sometimes scary, always unexpected.
Love, pride, magic, greed, and revenge-a wonderful read. (Booklist)
A lyrical meditation on the Rumplestiltskin story with an expanded plot and a singular psychological slant. (Kirkus Reviews)
* "Vande Velde's takes on this fairy tale are always humorous and often heartwarming."—Publishers Weekly, starred review "An effective and amusing collection, with just the right amount of snappy sarcasm to snag the junior-high set."—Kirkus Reviews "These short variations on the story have a sly humor and a contemporary feeling. . . . will appeal most to fairy-tale fans who just can't get enough of the traditional genre."—School Library Journal
This is the story of two spinners. The first honed his craft at a stolen wheel, crippling his leg, turning a room full of straw into a glittering dress for his beloved-and losing her. The second steals moments to teach herself. Saskia is her name, and she grows up to be a master spinner. Nothing is beyond her-until she, too, must spin straw into gold. And it is then that they meet ...
A reinvention of the Rumplestiltskin story -- one spinner uses a stolen wheel, crippling his leg as he makes straw into a glittering dress for his beloved, whom he loses. A second spinner named Saskia becomes a master spinner -- until she too is forced to spin straw into gold. When they meet, a new tale must be spun.
From Edgar Award winning author Vivian Vande Velde comes six alternative versions of a classic fairy tale.
About the Author
Donna Jo Napoli is the author of many books for children and young adults including