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Gr 6-9-When an orphaned Goose Girl gives bread to an old beggar woman, the hag rewards her with a spell that makes her beautiful and rich, with her tears crystallizing into diamonds and gold dust falling from her hair. The desirable young woman then attracts a tyrannical king and a seemingly dim-witted prince, both of whom want to marry her. Determined to stay single, Alexandria Aurora Fortunato endures imprisonment in a tower; an escape that finds her in the valley of the grave-stealing, cannibalistic yet bumbling ogresses; and other dangers before she learns that she is a princess and that the 12 geese she tended are, in fact, her sisters. Her many adventures, while amusing, bog down the story a bit, leaving readers ready for a resolution. Still, Alexandria is a witty, feisty, no-nonsense feminist, and her tale is told with tongue in cheek and lots of laugh-out-loud humor. While the story bares only slight resemblance to the classic "Goose Girl," other tales are added to the mix: the girl's magical hair grows very long and she wears glass slippers. Kindl's writing is full of imagery and alliteration, and is peppered with old-fashioned and nonsense words that add to the fun. With its touch of romance, this coming-of-age story will appeal to teens who enjoy fantasy based on fairy tales.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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This is a very nice book! Charming old-fashioned first-person narration is quite a fresh one for a fairy tale))Published 8 days ago by Maria
Pretty entertaining story from beginning to end. It is a fantasy novel, which is partially why it's recommended for such a young audience but even as an adult I liked it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kyra Walker
At first I found the "voice" of the narrative difficult to get into. There seemed to be a limited and repetitve descriptive vocabulary, intended to depict time and seting. Read morePublished 12 months ago by DogsMom
This is a delightful version of at least three familiar fairy tales (Rapunzel, Rumplestiltskin, Swan Lake) combined into a fun page turner! Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Mommy shops for bargains
I first bought this book at Goodwill. It looked cute and I am a huge fan of fractured fairy tales. This story did not disappoint. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Telos
This is a "smash up" of The traditional Goose Girl story and Rupunzel.
If you don't need to take your fairy tales "straight up" then you'll probably enjoy this modern take on... Read more
I hate reading, but i've read this book 5 times and counting. Don't hesitate to buy it you won't regret it.Published on October 1, 2012 by Krystal Melodie
One of the many things I enjoyed about this book was the way the geese behaved: so goose-like, yet with some of the best qualities of humanity: loyalty, courage, persistence. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by Elaine McCarthy
Since I work in a high school library, I try to read as many selections as possible of those that sound like something I'd like to spend an evening (or several) with. Read morePublished on May 11, 2012 by Deana C