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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416905804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416905806
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,105,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Grade 6-10–This inventive reworking of a fairy tale explores issues of identity, self-perception, and true love. The story features two beautiful young women. The first, Rapunzel, is shunned by her vain mother at birth because she is odd looking (completely bald). Melisande, a sorceress, takes the infant as repayment for a theft from her garden, and raises and loves her as if she were her own daughter. The other beauty is Rue, the sorceress's real daughter, imprisoned for years in a magic tower by a wizard who once sensed thoughtlessness in Melisande and decided to teach her a hard lesson. As Rapunzel matures, her increasing ability to see into people's hearts allows her to discern the other girl's presence in Melisande's heart. When growing unrest results in suspicion directed toward the sorceress, she and Rapunzel, now 16, must flee from their farm, accompanied by a tinker and his boy, an orphan named Harry. Melisande takes them to the tower where she hopes Rapunzel will figure out how to save Rue, and the result is a happily-ever-after ending for all. Strong characters, a clever plot, some interesting moral dilemmas to ponder, and a touch of romance make this version of the fairy tale worth a second look.–Barbara Scotto, Michael Driscoll School, Brookline, MA
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Interesting twist on the fairy tale.
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I have to agree that the book's events surrounding Rapunzel and Rue were too short - their relationship didn't feel that substantial.
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The characters are interesting and realistic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karusichan on July 20, 2006
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Before Rapunzel was born her mother had her husband steal a certain leafy herb from her neighbor's garden. When the Sorceress, Melisande, discovered this theft she made a bargain with the man that should his wife not be able to make room for her child's arrival (if it was a girl) then he would give the infant over the Melisande as recompense. The vain and selfish mother only cared about her own actions and her own beauty that was wound up in her beautiful golden tresses she cared for daily. When Rapunzel was born with no hair at all her mother rejected her, and she went to live with Melisande (who names her after the offending leafy herb her father stole) in a far away land.

Rapunzel grows up an outcast largely due to the fact that her hair never does grow in. The second part is because of Melisande, whose disconcerting abilities to look into people's heart unnerves all whom she meets. When Rapunzel is a young girl of thirteen she meets a wandering Tinker named Mr. Jones, who gifts her with a small copper colored kitten, and his foster son Harry. Rapunzel names the cat Mr. Jones and becomes fast friends with Harry, who cares not at all about her bald crown and brings her many gifts of headscarves from around the world.

When Rapunzel is 16 Melisande and her have to flee their home because of a mob's attempts to kill them both. On this journey Melisande reveals a terrible secret, one that upends Rapunzel's entire world. The only Mother she has ever known has another daughter, and to make matters worse the only reason Melisande took in Rapunzel in the first place is because within her Melisande recognized the ability Rapunzel possessed to break the enchantment her daughter, Rue, has been a prisoner of for many years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Sanecki on August 5, 2006
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Craving what she can't have, our unborn heroine's mother forces her husband to climb into their neighbor's yard and steal a leafy plant that tastes of parsley, called to those who know it as rapunzel. Not enough, the husband again crosses the boundary for another bushel when he is caught red-handed and forced to strike a bargain with the great sorceress/neighbor: Until the child is born, the madam may have as much rapunzel as she likes. But when the child is born, she must love the babe just as it is, for that will mean she will love whatever it becomes. If she cannot do that, the sorceress will claim the child in payment for the rapunzel.

16 years later, Rapunzel is shocked to learn that the one who raised her with so much love, is a great sorceress, and one who has a daughter. And when she is faced with the opportunity to help someone she does not know and find her own heart, she will do whatever she can to complete her task, even if it means losing what she had for the sake of someone's cursed life...

This book has new plots and characters that could only be told by Cameron Dokey. And most of all, you feel for Rapunzel and hopes that she succeeds, and that she ends up happy with the one she loves.

And I disagree with the first review. The ending was totally new and unexpected. And yes, the problem with happy-endings is that at some point you can predict which characters end up together, but that only makes you more anxious to see how things work out. If you want something unanticipated, read Go Ask Alice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Hoang on April 9, 2006
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I have to agree that the book's events surrounding Rapunzel and Rue were too short - their relationship didn't feel that substantial. Thus, the story was somewhat anti-climatic and predictable. However, Dokey does do a good job in building Rapunzel's childhood, character, and relationships. I think Dokey has an amazing understanding of the human heart and has a gift for expressing it in ways that can touch anyone - this book is no exception. "Golden" really dives into what it means to love and sacrifice, just as all of Dokey's other stories. Even with some shortcuts in the plot and ending, the story is pleasant and worth the read - even if only to gain insight into the human capacity for love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kay E. F. on March 7, 2008
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I love retelling, my love of them was started by Robin Mckinly's Beauty. This book is horrible! I couldn't follow the dialog, and half the time the characters were interrupting each other with pointed stuff that didn't have anything to do with the story. It was such a short story that I expected it to be simple and straight to the point, but no! It kept taking all these pointless tours through territory that was boring, time consuming, and hard to follow. I will never read another book by this author again. Please don't waste your time.
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Everyone knows the story of Rapunzel and how she came under the care of a witch and locked in a tower. Or do they? Rapunzel is here to set the story straight. Yes, her father stole from a local sorceress while his wife craved an herb from the sorceresses garden. When her mother cannot love her properly, the sorceress takes charge of the infant Rapunzel.

This Rapunzel is different from those we may be familiar with. For one, she is born hairless. This is why her mother cannot love her. But the sorceress does love Rapunzel. The sorceress has even been looking for a girl like Rapunzel for some time. She raises her as her own and teaches her how to be good. But she keeps Rapunzel's head covered to protect her from those who cannot handle someone different. As Rapunzel grows she learns more about what the sorceress does and what she expects of Rapunzel. When illness strikes the local town, they are forced to flee. They wind up at a wizard's tower. A magic tower that imprisons a girl with very long hair...

It is hard to talk about this book without giving huge amounts away. Let me just say that the treatment is very fresh with some interesting twists. All of the right elements are there even if they are not connected in the same way as in traditional tellings of the story. A fast and fun read that is sure to entertain.
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