“Unexpected Changes” chat group chats mix in with Kyle’s side of the story in Beastly (HarperTeen, 2007) by Alex Flinn. This book is not just a modern day Beauty and the Beast. Though it is that, too, with a character having to examine the darkness within. It’s also a story about being abandoned by parents and new friendships. There’s even some humor. And don’t you just love the cover?
The story will be made into a movie for release in 2010! But read the book first.
Read more about this young adult author at her website: www.alexflinn.com.
A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce is more than just a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. It feels like real people with believable problems in a real setting and time period.
Here’s a brief introduction: Charlotte’s father dies, and she struggles to keep the family’s woolen mill running. The family is in debt; the mill is cursed. Her mother’s uncle turns up to take them away “from all this” but she and her sister refuse. If the mill dies, so does the village. A stranger, Jack Spinner, shows up and Charlotte accepts his offer of help. But what will be the cost?
A Curse as Dark as Gold (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2008) has already won awards: Smithsonian 2008 Notable Children’s Book; ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2009; William C. Morris YA Debut Award, 2009; CCBC Blue Ribbon. Congrats to this debut author! (Who is also a very nice person.)
Learn more about Elizabeth at her website or at her blog. I’ve heard she made some costumes for the time period of her book, too.