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This funny fractured fairy tale goes behind the scenes of Rumpelstiltskin.

In a magical kingdom where your name is your destiny, twelve-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse.

To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lighthearted and inventive, Rump amusingly expands a classic tale.”

    Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fablehaven

  • “Liesl Shurtliff does more than spin words into gold—she gets us rooting for Rumpelstiltskin, a most magical feat.”

    Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor–winning author of Hattie Big Sky

  • “A fresh riff on the Grimm Brothers’ Rumpelstiltskin, told with wit from the impish point of view of the troublemaker himself.”


  • “A startlingly original book.”

    Denver Post

  • “Shurtliff fills Rump’s world with common magic and deadpan humor; the picaresque-style narrative gives the maligned character a refreshingly plainspoken voice, while honoring the original story’s hauntingly strange events.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Maxwell Glick is as unflappable and nimble as Rump is in his quest to determine his true name and destiny. Listeners are treated to an expanded version of the well-loved folk tale of Rumpelstiltskin, as told by the fellow himself…Glick’s Rump unfailingly projects his moods—curious, despondent, questioning, playful—as each juncture of the tale requires. His pacing is equally attuned to the story’s myriad twists. Glick’s narration moves along effortlessly, and supporting characters are full of personality.”


  • “A beguiling take on a classic tale…This captivating fantasy has action, emotional depth, and lots of humor.”

    School Library Journal

  • “As good as gold.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Shurtliff takes the traditional fairy tale and turns it on its head, interspersing humor with tenderness, action with insight. Rump shows the other side of Rumpelstiltskin, one of the most vilified characters in fairy tales, and reminds readers that in a good story, very little is as it seems.”


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  • A 2015 Beehive Award Nominee
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