Author: Liesl Shurtliff.
Published: April 9th 2013 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
In a magical 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.
“And that's its own kind of magic - to feel that people who are gone are still here.”
Rump instantly stole my heart. Being bullied because of his half-name, he feels lonely and weird. He is constantly looking for his destiny and he feels incomplete. His mother died before she could tell his name and therefore, his name is Rump. He has a wonderful grandmother who adores him and he has a best friend called Red. This girl is feisty! She isn’t afraid to punch Rump’s bullies in the face and people are afraid of her temper. Their friendship is heart warming.
Everyone works in the mines. The more gold you find, the more food you get, because they live under the rules of a greedy king. The miller distributes the food and he is a harsh and sneaky man. When Rump finds out about his talent, the miller practically blackmails him to spin straw into gold for him. The king gets his hand on this gold and wants to know who did this: the miller points out his daughter Opal. Rump is already in trouble and he the curse becomes worse when he tries to help this foolish girl.
With pixies, trolls, poison apples and witches, this book is filled with great characters who play a role in Rumps true destiny: finding his name and himself. I liked the moral of this story and I think it’s a fun twist on the real Rumpelstiltskin. The quick writing-style makes this book enjoyable for every age.
“They say that a minute is a minute no matter where you are or what you're doing, but my brain could never grasp that. I think time is a trickster. When I have a lot to do, time shrinks, but when I want something over with, it stretches and yawns, and laughs at my torture. Sometimes the minutes hold hours inside of them.”