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, however, 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."
©2010 Elizabeth Bunce (P)2010 Scholastic, Inc.
"A rich opening to Jane Austen's world for teens." (School Library Journal)
Only knowing it was a fairy tale kept me going at times, that, in spite of one misfortune and betrayal after another, in spite of mistakes and poor choices by the main characters, all would work out in the end. This story was entertaining on so many levels: a mostly authentic glimpse of history, delightful names of characters (that meant people's occupations, as our family names once did), romance and adventure with some witchcraft and supernatural occurrences woven in. It was fun to work out how the original fairy tale was interpreted as I listened. The narrator disappeared into the story, as the very best narrators do. Characters were easily identified. I want to read more from this author and listen to more from this narrator. Well done!
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