Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Rump by Liesl Shurtliff
Author: Liesl Shurtliff
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published: April 2013
Hardcover: 272 pages
FTC FYI: Borrowed from my friend
In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone's joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse.
To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end.
What a fun book! I love retellings. I really enjoyed Rump's story and his quest to find his name. His journey leads him many places as he tries to find the truth about his family and why/how he can spin straw into gold. I loved Red, she is Rump's only friend and she was quite the mystery herself. One thing after another kept happening to poor Rump, but I felt the pacing was perfect, in that he didn't stay down for long. This is a book of triumphing over evil and a great example of overcoming obstacles. Liesl wrote her characters well. The Miller especially, although downright evil, did not disappoint. The trolls were an enjoyable surprise, I loved the aunts, Red and her grandma were great, and the pixies were so much fun.
5 out of 5 stars. Rump is a story full of heart and humor.
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