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Debbie Viguié’s Simon Pulse books include the New York Times bestselling Wicked series and the Once upon a Time novels Violet Eyes, Scarlet Moon, and Midnight Pearls. She lives in Florida with her husband, Scott. Visit her at

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Product Details

  • Series: Once upon a Time
  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689867166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689867163
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debbie Viguié has been writing for most of her life and holds a degree in creative writing from U.C. Davis. Debbie loves theme parks and enjoys traveling with her husband, Scott. Debbie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Florida.

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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 6, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Scarlet Moon" is the second book I have read in the "Once Upon a Time" series, the first being Nancy Holder's "Spirited." This time I was at least aware of what fairy tale was being retold, since I knew that scarlet is a type of red and the wolf attacking the young girl in the first chapter was a helpful clue. More importantly, I knew that these stories are not just simply retold fairy tales but romances for those readers still young enough to have an idealized notion of what it means to fall in love. This is important, because whereas Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty are all romances, the tale of Little Red Riding Hood is traditionally not. That is, however, the approach that Debbie Viguié takes in her turn at the story.

The story of "Rotkäppchen" (literally "red cap") by Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm published in "Kinder- und Hausmärchen" (1812) is the most familiar version of the tale. But that is based on Charles Perrault's "Le petit chaperon rouge" (1697), Ludwig Tiekc's 1800 play "Leben und Tod des kleinen Rotkäppchens: eine Tragödie" (which is where the hunter is added to the tale), and an oral version collected by Jeanette Hassenpflug. There are also oral tales from Northern Italy, the Tyrol and the Pyrennees the basic plot elements of which have been found in Oriental tales from China, Japan and Korea. The universality of the story is rooted in its fundamental themes of female pubescence and awakening sexuality, the contrasting notions of male and female heroism, the importance of family ties and obeying your parents, and the conflict between society and nature.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Karusichan on February 9, 2006
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When Ruth as a child she was attacked by a wolf. She was traveling through the woods with her brother, Stephen, on the way to her grandmother's house and a wolf savagely attacked her, marring her leg with it's teeth and it's claws, a wound no means would ever heal without scarring. But Ruth gets in a blow with her knife before the wolf escapes, and Stephen takes her to their grandmother's home. Her grandmother helps as best as she can, but none of her knowledge of herbal lore is suitable to revive the deep gashes of flesh and muscle that Ruth has lost in the encounter. Her brother helps too, trying his best to get her to walk before he has to depart to Jerusalem to aid in the holy wars there. When Ruth learns of this she is greatly saddened, and takes her sorrow out in her father's forge, knowing that the pain in her heart is greater than the pain in her leg.

Nine years pass and still the crusades rage on. Ruth has become a strong young woman, accustomed to hard work thanks to the hours she puts in as a blacksmith to her father's secret shame. She visits her grandmother, Giselle, whenever she can, knowing that the studious old woman is not welcome in the village thanks to her "Witchcraft" like interests, even though she has a few other visitors coming to learn what she knows. One day, Ruth's cousin Peter returns from Jerusalem, thin and wretched and with a haunted look that alarms Ruth, especially after he delivers the news that Stephen was killed in battle. Ruth is greatly disturbed by this and retreats into her work to dull the pain.

A chance encounter at the smith proves to be Ruth's undoing. After an altercation with Simon, the local tanner, ends in angry blows exchanged a handsome young noble man named William steps in to right the situation.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 27, 2004
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When Ruth was a little girl, she was attacked in the forest by a wolf with green eyes. Her older brother Stephen saved her life and drove off the wolf -- but even nine years later, she is haunted by the memories of that day, and still lives with the scars of the wolf's attack. Shortly after the attack, Stephen and their cousin, Peter, left to join the Crusades, and Ruth took solace in taking Stephen's place in their father's blacksmith shop. Now Peter has returned from the Holy Land with the news that Stephen died in Jerusalem. With her beloved brother dead, Ruth feels her fear of the wolf becoming worse -- especially when she is walking through the woods to visit her grandmother, a healer who was banished from the village after being accused of witchcraft. One day while working in the forge, Ruth meets William the young earl of Lauton. Ruth and William fall in love -- but a dark shadow hangs over a William, an evil magic that has cursed the men of his family for generations. Will their love be strong enough to conquer that evil?

I highly recommend this wonderful blend of fairy tale, history, romance, and magic to teen readers. This enchanting, romantic love story is my favorite book from the "Once Upon a Time" series. I love the setting, characters, and the very romantic love story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Calhoun on March 11, 2008
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When she was a young girl, Ruth was attacked by a wolf with green eyes. She was saved from death by her brother, but she still carries the scars from the wolf's claws. Years later, Ruth is working as a blacksmith after her brother went off to fight in the Crusades and died in the Holy Land. Ruth still goes through the woods to visit her grandmother, since the old woman had been banished from the village for being a witch (when really she is only an herbalist and amateur astronomer). One day, Ruth meets the handsome but troubled young lord, William, who seems not at all perturbed that a woman is working as a blacksmith. She finds herself attracted to him, but she doesn't know that he is connected to the wolf that attacked her all those years ago.

Viguie's interpretation of the Little Red Riding Hood story is good: she provides a reason why Grandma is only accessible by walking a dangerous path through the woods and the idea that the wolf is really a werewolf is rather clever and allows the wolf to be an actual character (as someone else pointed out, regular wolves don't really talk, so couldn't really do much besides be dangerous).

The book itself, despite its interesting concept, is rather boring. The biggest problem is the utter lack of chemistry between the two leads. Despite the fact that they are constantly stating how in love (lust?) they are with each other (particularly William), they are pretty dull when together. Furthermore, William blaming his bloodlust on his attraction to Ruth (and telling her this) is not very heroic. There is also little explanation about WHY William doesn't simply lock himself in a dungeon cell during a full moon instead of running off into the woods. He doesn't seem very proactive in stopping himself from killing innocent people.
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