Straw into Gold by Gary D. SchmidtStraw into Gold by Gary D. Schmidt

Straw into Gold

byGary D. Schmidt

Paperback | April 20, 2009

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What fills a hand fuller than a skein of gold? By order of the king, two boys, Tousle and Innes, must find the answer to this puzzling riddle within seven days or be killed. A former nursemaid to the queen's child tells the boys that the banished queen may have the answer they seek. Danger presents itself at every turn, for the boys are pursued by the Great Barons, who are secretly plotting against the king. Another pursuer, the greedy King's Grip, reveals a strange story of a little man who once spun straw into gold of incredible beauty for the queen but then disappeared with her firstborn son. Tousle realizes that the man he calls Da is the strange little man and, even more amazing, that he himself may be the lost prince. Or could it be Innes, who although cruelly blinded can hear the music of the dawn?This skillful blend of fantasy and adventure reveals what might have happened before the queen makes her third and last guess and the story of Rumpelstiltskin-as we know it-ends.
Gary D. Schmidt is the best-selling author of Orbiting Jupiter, the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, and the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars . He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. hmhbooks.com/schmidt "
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Title:Straw into GoldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.45 inPublished:April 20, 2009Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547237766

ISBN - 13:9780547237763

Appropriate for ages: 7

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a pretty good trick to write a funny book. It is just as hard of a feat to write an important book. And writing a book that is just the right style to fit on both a grown-up’s bookshelf and a child’s bookshelf is hard to beat. The Wednesday Wars is a freaking hat trick. The book will suit both grown-ups and teenagers alike. It is laugh-out-loud funny and yet as serious as a heart attack – and at least one point of the book I wanted to stand up and cheer – but they probably would have thrown me out of the coffee shop I was reading in. The Wednesday Wars is set in 1967. We’re talking Viet Nam, Kennedy, Martin Luther King, marching on Washington and the threat of nuclear warfare. At the same time we manage to cover the works of Shakespeare, naked bigotry, cross-country running, baseball, man against rat hand-to-hand combat and teenage runaways. The book is multilevel and complex and absolutely wonderful. The protagonist, Holling Hoodhood, is a 7th grade student with a serious problem. His teacher hates him. Wait a minute. That isn’t right. His teacher freaking HATES him. You don’t believe me, ask Holling Hoodhood. "Of all of the kids in the seventh grade at Camillo Junior High, there was one kid that Mrs. Baker hated with a heat whiter than the sun." That’s the opening sentence. I’m not going to quote any more. If you want to read any more quotes go and buy the book. Don’t make me come after you and read Shakespeare in your ear. The book will take the reader on a journey through a school year and a series of self-discovering life-altering events. It is poignant and powerful, complex and complete. The Wednesday Wars is the real deal and the total package. It hit all my buttons and I yelled Geronimo and jumped right in. You want to know what this book is about? I can sum its theme up in a few short words borrowed from Polonius - “Too thine own self be true.” I warned you about that Shakespeare. This book is a winner. Yours in storytelling, Steve Vernon
Date published: 2014-04-10

Editorial Reviews

Richly drawn characters and evocative language enhance a novel that's tightly constructed and emotionally resonant. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's BooksWhat would have happened if the queen failed to guess Rumpelstiltskin's name and the odd little man had taken her child? Why did he want the young prince? Was his motivation selfish, or could he have been preotecting the child from life-threatening danger? Imaginative answers to these questions skillfully blossom into a fantasy-flavored quest. . . .A good book to recommend to fans of Lloyd Alexander, Diane Wynne Jones and J.R.R. Tolkein.School Library JournalIn this touching, dark story Schmidt extends the tale of Rumpelstiltskin to explore what might have happened if the queen had not guessed Rumpelstiltskin's name correctly. "What fills a hand fuller than a skein of gold?" So begins a suspenseful quest that adds surprising twists and turns to the traditional fairy tale. Booklist, ALAWhat if Rumpelstiltskin's motives were noble?Answering that question, this novel spins the story of a blind boy who unexpectedly inherits a kingdom, a weakling who becomes strong, a common queen who becomes regal, and a kind orphan who tells their tale. Evil lords and peasants abound, with enough magic to glue together these scattered pieces.Horn Book GuideSchmidt does a fine job of weaving the classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin into something fresh, diverse, and lovely.VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)