A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

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This winner of the William C. Morris Award for best YA debut novel is a ghost story, spun with a romance, woven with a mystery, and shot through with fairy tale.

The gold thread promises Charlotte Miller a chance to save her family's beloved woolen mill. It promises a future for her sister, jobs for her townsfolk, security against her grasping uncle -- maybe even true love.
To get the thread, Charlotte must strike a bargain with its maker, the mysterious Jack Spinner. But the gleam of gold conjures a shadowy past -- secrets ensnaring generations of Millers. And Charlotte's mill, her family, her love -- what do those matter to a stranger who can spin straw into gold?
This is an award-winning and wholly original retelling of "Rumplestiltskin."

About Elizabeth C. Bunce

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Elizabeth C. Bunce's first novel, A CURSE DARK AS GOLD, won the ALA's William C. Morris Award for a YA debut. Elizabeth cuts, sews, and embroiders both cloth and stories at her home near Kansas City, Missouri. Please visit her website at www.elizabethcbunce.com.
Published May 19, 2010 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 404 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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In a hefty, thoughtful Rumpelstiltskin tale, Charlotte Miller fights and strains and sacrifices to embody her surname.

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Suite 101

Boy is a coming of age story for every ordinary teenage girl.

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Teen Reads

As Charlotte struggles to keep the mill that has been in her family's hands for generations, Uncle Wheeler seems to have more debts accrue and more secret dealings with Pinchfields, the rival mill to Stirwaters.

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Deseret News

Many contemporary novels borrow from traditional literature alter the plots and events of the old stories.

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During this year’s Teen Summer Reading program, the Teen Department has two book clubs—one in June and the other in July.

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