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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: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545285384
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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!

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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronni Jo | 1/25/2014

    " I actually really liked this take on Rumpelstiltskin. I'm not normally much of a fan of fairy tale retellings, but this was fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindi | 1/23/2014

    " A pretty good expansion of Rumpelstiltskin, I'd put this on my list of good fairy tale retellings. I enjoyed the historical setting at the dawning of the Industrial Revolution and the spunky main character. Why is it, however, that these feisty young women won't trust anybody? They always have to fix things themselves, adding to their troubles. Here Charlotte meets and marries a wonderful man who makes her feel safe, but she will not share her problems with him, because she doesn't want to drag him down, to involve him in her family's problems. I'm not saying he needs come in on his white horse and fix everything, but many issues would have been simpler had she let him into her heart. Or there's the village healer, an older woman who on a couple occasions shows her wisdom and loyalty to Charlotte and her family, but Charlotte won't confide in her either. There were any number of good friends and neighbors Charlotte is given an opportunity to come clean with, but she never does until the very end. And I guess maybe we wouldn't have had a story otherwise. I'm not entirely sure I believe that though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karie | 1/18/2014

    " This was a fantastic (in both senses of the word) take on the Rumplestiltskin tale--I loved the story woven around it and the very satisfying conclusion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Designer Girl;) | 1/5/2014

    " It was okay. I didn't really know what was happening in the story but I kinda liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 12/14/2013

    " I thought this book was ok. I definitely loved some parts of this book but I hated other aspects. I would rather not go into too much detail about this book because i didnt like it too much and I do not want to rant. So overall I give the book 3/5 BookStars! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lielabell | 12/11/2013

    " Well written and all, but it was super hard to stay interested in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Goodwin | 12/11/2013

    " A loose twist on Rumpelstiltskin. It was a quick, easy read that I enjoyed. A few times I heard my 9th grade English teacher saying, "show it, don't tell it". There were moments when this author told you what she saw rather than making you feel like you were there, but still a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nix | 12/5/2013

    " Okay, I have this book. I got it for Christmas. S'okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenne | 8/4/2012

    " A fabulous retelling of the familiar Rumpelstiltskin tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi Duncan-priest | 5/3/2012

    " Absolutely enjoyed the whole book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss Clark | 4/28/2012

    " I just need to get the review up sometime soon... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elyndrical | 4/25/2012

    " While this book was well written and the characters interesting I was really frustrated by the protagonist's lack of action, so much so I felt like grinding my teeth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eishelle | 1/15/2012

    " I thought this book was kind of interesting. The only negative thing about the book was how slow-moving it was for me. But other than that, I thought it was a good one. Not one of my favorites though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mara Hernandez | 11/14/2011

    " Nice historical fic book kept the pages turning, nice describtion romance lacked a bit though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arianne | 10/13/2011

    " This lady can certainly weave a good yarn! This retelling of the miller's daughter kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tobi | 9/28/2011

    " Great book. The ending was perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bre | 6/16/2011

    " This is a great retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, but it was a little slow for me at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wren | 5/24/2011

    " Over all, I liked this book. It was long, and it took me a little while to really get into the tale. It was a refreshing take on the Rumpelstiltskin story. I really enjoyed some of the characters. Some parts were a little creepy when they were dealing with ghosts and spirits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eishelle | 5/17/2011

    " I thought this book was kind of interesting. The only negative thing about the book was how slow-moving it was for me. But other than that, I thought it was a good one. Not one of my favorites though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordin | 5/16/2011

    " I couldn't read this one in the dark, it was pretty spooky. This story was very long and a the mystery seemed to take forever to figure out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 5/13/2011

    " A selection for Mike's juvie lit class. Haunting is a great way to describe this book, slow and creepier by the minute with a thread of hope spun throughout. Recommend if you're looking for a re-telling of an old fairytale: Rumplestilskin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Z | 5/13/2011

    " An intriguing and innovative look at the traditional Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noellebastian | 5/11/2011

    " I love this kind of fairy tale book. It makes you think....it could have really happened that way! :) "

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