by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Bunce builds this incredible young adult novel around the tale of Rumplestiltskin, creating a believable 18th century world. Charlotte Miller and her sister, Rosie are overwhelmed with loss when their father passes away. Faced with debts they must repay and a mill that seems to have a mind of its own, the girls must decide how to move forward. Everyone is telling the girls they must sell the mill and move on, but young Charlotte has other ideas, and with a stubborn nature, she fights to keep the woolen mill she loves. The challenges she faces, however, matched with her determination, force Charlotte into dark deals that later threaten more than just the mill. This novel is a successful blend of fairy tale, dark mystery, and historical fiction and was awarded the William C. Morris YA Debut Award. Readers of this book might also enjoy What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell, another excellent young adult story.