Straw into Gold by Gary D. Schmidt

Straw into Gold

byGary D. Schmidt

Kobo ebook | 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.

Title:Straw into GoldFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 20, 2009Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547532016

ISBN - 13:9780547532011

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