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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.
Authors: Bunce, Elizabeth C.
Title: A curse dark as gold
Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: iii, 395 p. ;,22 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Adaptation of the folk tale Rumpelstiltskin.
Summary: 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.
Awards & Distinctions: A Junior Library Guild selection
Local Note: bt/kvb/ltm
BAKER & TAYLOR JUVENILE.
Core Youth.
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ISBN: 0439895766
9780439895767
Statement of Responsibility: Elizabeth C. Bunce
Subject Headings: Ghost stories Young adult literature. Sisters Young adult fiction. Orphans Young adult fiction. Uncles Young adult fiction. Blessing and cursing Young adult fiction. Mills and mill-work Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Ghost stories
Sisters
Orphans
Uncles
Blessing and cursing
Mills and mill-work
LCCN: 2007019759
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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.

Dec 07, 2009
  • quagga rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Charlotte Miller is still in her teens when she and her younger sister, Rosie, are orphaned. The wool mill that they inherit is said to be cursed, but the girls grew up there and take on the running of the place. The entire village of Shearing depends on the mill for their livelihoods. The time period is around the start of the industrial revolution, with steam-powered equipment starting to make watermills obsolete. Bad luck seems to hound the Millers and their mill. Charlotte refuses to believe in a curse, but things get stranger and harder to explain. And how can she explain away something she witnesses with her own eyes? A little man demonstrates an answer to her financial troubles by spinning straw into gold.

A creepy and satisfying retelling of the Rumplestiltskin tale. Grade 7 - up.

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

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Jun 04, 2010
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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