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A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Cover Artist: Michael Frost
Review by Nicole Brinkley
Arthur A. Levine Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780439895767
Date: 01 March 2008 List Price $17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

"Good." Spinner did not look at me -- his eyes were still on William. Slowly, as slowly as snow melting, his hand reached toward the basket, the blanket, the baby. "I'll take your son." Most kids were raised on the story of Rumpelstiltskin and the miller's daughter, who always remains anonymous -- but what happens when you see the story from her point of view?

From official release/information:

Book Description: "If you'll allow me to demonstrate, I do think I could be of some help to you here."

I smiled tightly. "You'd have to be able to make gold appear from thin air to be much help to us now, I'm afraid."

"Gold, you say?" he said quietly. "Well, not out of the air, maybe, but--" He reached toward Rosie and drew a length of straw free from her hat. From out of a pocket in his jacket appeared an old-fashioned handheld drop spindle, the kind no one uses anymore, and he sent it spinning with a turn of his hand. Slowly, as we watched, he drew out the straw and spun it--spun it! (CONT.)

As if it were a roving of wool! Rosie and I stood there and watched him, moment by moment, as the spindle bobbed and twirled. Something pulled out from the brown straw and through his knobby fingers, and where it should have gone onto the spindle, the finest strands of gleaming gold threads appeared. Round and round the spindle went, and the gleaming of gold turned with it. I don't know how long we watched it, turning and turning, flashing gold with every revolution. I could not take my eyes away.

(Source: Arthur A. Levine Books)

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