But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.
With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .
Liesl Shurtliff weaves a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on a beloved character from her award-winning debut, Rump.
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Review: I don’t read that much middle grade books, which is sad because they are so great! When I had the chance to read this book I couldn’t put it down. This was a great take on Little Red Riding Hood with a mingling of other fairy tales!
Red’s’ Granny is known has a witch with powers. Red has those same powers except she is afraid to use them. When Granny becomes ill, Red must find a way to save her, even embracing her magic to do so. What a great adventure book!
Red comes off as a bit rude in the beginning but her character transformation through the story is heartwarming. She is a brave girl who will do anything to save her Granny. Along the way she meets other fairytale characters like Goldie. I love the friendship Red and Goldie have. In the beginning they didn’t like each other. Goldie is cheerful and naive, which can be annoying for Red, but they grow closer throughout their adventure. It was also wonderful see the connection Red had with Wolf.
The world is wonderfully described and the characters entertaining. The book is full of life lessons that will resonate with all readers.
Should you read it? Yes! This book is perfect for those who love fairytale retellings! A book kids won’t want to put down, and for the record adults either!
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Before she became a writer, Liesl graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in music, dance, and theater. She now lives in Chicago with her husband and three young children, where she still dreams of the mountains. Rump is her first novel.