Bunce, Elizabeth C.: A curse dark as gold.

Author:Flint-Ferguson, Janis
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

BUNCE, Elizabeth C. A curse dark as gold. Scholastic, Levine Books. 422p. c2008. 978-0-43989576-7. $17.99. JS

In this retelling of "Rumplestilskin," readers are taken into the life of a young maiden and her reasons for accepting help from a strange man who has the ability to spin gold. Charlotte Miller is the oldest of two daughters and she is now in charge of the Stirwater Mill. As a woman she faces a tough uphill battle to produce textiles and get them sold in the market. This is made all the more difficult by the realization that it is her family business that keeps most of the families employed. So with both family pride and civic loyalty, Charlotte and her sister Rosie use the unbelievable gold thread to keep the mill going after their father's death and do not ask too many questions about how it came to be. In fact, they use mystery man Jack Spinner's help twice to solve unsolvable financial problems. In the midst of their difficulties, their uncle arrives to "chaperone" the young women, but despite his fancy clothes and city connections there is something about him that Charlotte...

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