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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,444 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth C. Bunce Narrator: Charlotte Parry Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The gold thread promises Charlotte Miller a chance to save her family’s beloved woolen mill. It promises a future for her sister, jobs for her townsfolk, security against her grasping uncle—maybe even true love. To get the thread, Charlotte must strike a bargain with its maker, the mysterious Jack Spinner. But the gleam of gold conjures a shadowy past—secrets ensnaring generations of Millers. And Charlotte’s mill, her family, her love—what do those matter to a stranger who can spin straw into gold? This is an award-winning and wholly original retelling of “Rumplestiltskin.” As if it were a roving of wool! Rosie and I stood there and watched him, moment by moment, as the spindle bobbed and twirled. Something pulled out from the brown straw and through his knobby fingers, and where it should have gone onto the spindle, the finest strands of gleaming gold threads appeared. Round and round the spindle went, and the gleaming of gold turned with it. I don’t know how long we watched it, turning and turning, flashing gold with every revolution. I could not take my eyes away. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Set in a rural valley in the late 1700s, this reworking of the “Rumplestiltskin” story includes ghosts, witchcraft, elements of Georgian society, and much earlier folk magic in the guise of a novel of manners. The leisurely paced narrative gathers steam as it becomes clear that the family and the mill have not simply had a long run of bad luck, but are seriously cursed.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Set in England during the early days of the Industrial Revolution, the novel combines elements of fantasy and historical fiction with a love story between two strong-minded individuals.”


  • “I couldn’t put it down. She’s that good.”

    Peter S. Beagle, author of Tamsin

  • “I thoroughly enjoyed it. A good, strong heroine fighting to save her livelihood and everyone dear to her, nicely creepy doings, and a satisfying end.”

    Patrice Kindl, author of Owl in Love

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Beth | 2/20/2014

    " Author says inspired by Rumplestilskin to write this suspenseful story that combines fairy tale, old curses, family loyalty, and romance. This would make a great movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jasmine | 2/15/2014

    " It was a good book but I didn't believed their marriage it was to fast and they really didn't have that much romance. They just got married and had a son. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Faith Hough | 2/8/2014

    " The writing is startlingly beautiful and, despite a slowish beginning, the plot is extremely well crafted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michele R | 1/31/2014

    " This is actually a 3.5. I enjoyed this fun retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale set at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. "

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