This funny fractured fairy tale goes behind the scenes of Rumpelstiltskin. New York Times bestselling author Liesl Shurtliff “spins words into gold" [Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor winner].
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.
A Texas Bluebonnet finalist and winner of the ILA award for middle grade fiction, RUMP is perfect for fans of Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted or Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm. And don’t miss Liesl Shurtliff’s other fairy tale retellings: JACK: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk and RED: The True Story of Red Riding Hood.
“A fresh riff on the Grimm Brothers’ Rumpelstiltskin, told with wit from the impish point of view of the troublemaker himself.” —People
“Lighthearted and inventive, RUMP amusingly expands a classic tale.” —Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fablehaven.
2016 Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice Nominee
2016 Nebraska Golden Sower Award Honor Winner
2016 North Dakota Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award Nominee
2015-2016 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Nominee
2015 Hawaii Néné Award Nominee
2015 Ohio Buckeye Children’s Book Award Nominee
2015 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Nominee
2014-2015 Florida Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Nominee
Georgia Children’s Book Award 2014-15 Master List Pick
2014-2015 Utah Beehive Award Nominee
Anderson’s Bookshop 2014 Mock Newbery Winner
2014 IRA Children’s Book Award Winner
2014 Judy Lopez Memorial Award Honor Book
2014 Whitney Award Nominee