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Straw into gold by Gary D. Schmidt
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Straw into gold (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Gary D. Schmidt

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Title:Straw into gold
Authors:Gary D. Schmidt
Info:New York : Clarion Books, 2001.
Collections:Read but unowned, NLS digital audio, Amy might like
Rating:****
Tags:read by Christopher Walker

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A "sequel" to Rumpelstiltskin.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
If you like fairy tales this is a good book to read. This is the retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, done in a very clever and creative way.

After reading two excellent YA books by Schmidt, I am on a quest to read all of his writings. His images are crisp, the writing is good and he has the ability to allow the reader to feel the emotions of the characters.

In this version, Rumpelstiltskin is not the ogre or creepy little guy who poses a riddle for his own gain, but rather, he has a unselfish reason to want the child.

Gary Schmidt depicts medieval life and political intrigue in a fascinating portrayal of "what if." What if the straw is spun into gold but the Miller's daughter cannot discover his name. What if Rumelstiltskin gets to keep the baby.

This is a quick, breezy read and while it is not in depth, it is delightful and I recommend it. ( )
  Whisper1 | Oct 9, 2009 |
An exploration of why Rumpelstiltskin wanted the miller's daughter's baby. There is magic, a riddle and conflict between leaders ( )
  Saladbits | Jan 22, 2009 |
Gives a different slant to the Rumplestiltskin tale. ( )
  dbanna | Feb 1, 2008 |
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For Anne, who knows what fills a hand fuller than a skein of gold
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Once when the world was younger and the times ever so much older, there lived a miller who ground coarse flour, left stone chips in his meal, and stole as much wheat as he could take without his customers knowing for certain that they had been robbed.
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That night brought with it the first warm breezes of the early spring. They came up as if they had been massing just outside the kingdom's borders, and then rushed forward like a roiling cloud. They blew up and over the city gates, setting the icicles to melting, dropping soggy chunks of snow from battlements, and puffing gently into houses and stables, so that men and women and horses and dogs woke from sleep and sniffed at the new smells.
So we danced and whistled through the night, until the dark sipped back the stars one by one and faded with its bloating.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618056017, Hardcover)

What fills a hand fuller than a skein of gold? By order of the king, two boys, Tousle and Innes, must find the answer to this puzzling riddle within seven days or be killed. A former nursemaid to the queen’s child tells the boys that the banished queen may have the answer they seek. Danger presents itself at every turn, for the boys are pursued by the Great Barons, who are secretly plotting against the king. Another pursuer, the greedy King’s Grip, reveals a strange story of a little man who once spun straw into gold of incredible beauty for the queen but then disappeared with her firstborn son. Tousle realizes that the man he calls Da is the strange little man and, even more amazing, that he himself may be the lost prince. Or could it be Innes, who although cruelly blinded can hear the music of the dawn?
This skillful blend of fantasy and adventure reveals what might have happened before the queen makes her third and last guess and the story of Rumpelstiltskin—as we know it—ends.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:23 -0400)

Pursued by greedy villains, two boys on a quest to save innocent lives meet the banished queen whose son was stolen by Rumpelstiltskin eleven years earlier, and she provides much more than the answer they seek.

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