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A Curse Dark as Gold

Bunce, Elizabeth C.

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Curse Dark as Gold
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Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price.
Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0439895766
9780439895767
Characteristics: iii, 395 p. ;,22 cm.

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Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his hel... Read More »


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This is the winner of the ALA's William C. Morris YA Debut Award. This is a take on the classic Rumpelstiltskin where in order to get out of some trouble straw must be spun out of gold.
Charlotte Miller, our main character, has always scoffed at talk of a curse on her family's woolen mill, which holds her little town together. But after her father's death, the bad luck piles up: workers leave, debts pile up, and there is an overbearing uncle. Then a stranger named Jack Spinner offers a tempting proposition: He can turn straw into gold thread, for the small price of her mother's ring. As Charlotte is drawn deeper into her bargains with Spinner-and a romance with the local banker-she must unravel the truth of the curse on the mill and save the community she calls home.

I picked up this book because of the fact that it was a retelling of the classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin. I happen to love stories like this and was super excited to find this one! The beginning was a bit slow and I found it hard to get into. Once I did, I really enjoyed the twists and turns that this story took. Over all, I believe that this was a good book. However, I would most likely not read it again because of the fact that the book was a bit hard to understand and grab onto in the beginning but a very good read for those who love books that retell classic tales!

loved this book it was a little long and the characters made me mad at some points but it was still good read

Jul 16, 2011
  • martins_mom rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another of those books based in folklore, this novelistic retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin story is a rich blend of historical fiction and fantasy. It is in the teen section of the library, but many adults would enjoy it too.

Jun 05, 2011
  • reading_mosquito rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

this book was kind-of slow and boring at some bits. It did pick up a little at the end. It was ok all in all.. but i wouldn't read it again.

Apr 30, 2011
  • shelby11 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a really grest book. The beginning is a bit slow, but it definantly picks up. It has a bit of a fantasy element, but is also very historical. There is a bit of sensuality, as the main character gets married and has a child, but it doesn't really say or do anything. Very good read.

Apr 17, 2011
  • Smile_Danielle rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book was a bit boring at the beginning, but once I got far enough into it it was good. Overall a good book!!

Mar 04, 2011
  • Watsonia rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

it was good but kind of boring,

Dec 20, 2010
  • liveblue rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was very compelling. You want to keep reading, even during the 'dry' bits. But it is not much of anything special. It's a nice time filler, but nothing you'll remember forever.

Apr 07, 2010
  • Bells rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This delightful story weaves together mystery, romance, the supernatural, despair, and hope in a wonderfully refreshing re-telling of Rumplestilzkin. This one just might be my favourite of the 2011 YRCA nominations.

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May 02, 2011
  • shelby11 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 04, 2010
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