Liesl Shurtliff was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, with the mountains for her playground. Just like Rump, Liesl was shy about her name, growing up. Not only did it rhyme with weasel, she could never find it on any of those personalized key chains in gift shops. But over the years shes grown to love having an unusual nameand today she wouldnt change it for the world!
This funny fractured fairy tale goes behind the scenes of Rumpelstiltskin. "A most magical feat," writes Newbery Honor-winner Kirby Larson, "Liesl Shurtliff spins words into gold."
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.
Visit Liesl online at LieslShurtliff.com
In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-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 shes 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 friendshipand a cheeky sense of humorhe just might triumph in the end.
A Texas Bluebonnet Master List Selection, Rump
is perfect for fans of Gail Carson Levine'sElla Enchanted
or Adam Gidwitz's A Tale Dark and Grimm
Lighthearted and inventive, Rump
amusingly expands a classic tale." Brandon Mull, #1New York Times
bestselling author of Fablehaven.