Summary: Tousle has had a sheltered childhood. He doesn't remember his birth parents, and he's never been outside the little, magical cottage minded by his "Da," a small, strange man who can spin straw into gold. Tousle has has a great life, but he is so excited to see what the kingdom is like outside of his forest home. Finally, the day arrives, and he can't contain himself. But things don't go the way he anticipated. A tangled web of lies and deep hurts rooted in circumstances older than he greet him, and he finds himself on a quest to right wrongs he didn't know exsisted. Chased by men and misfortune, he and his new young friend, the mysterious, blind begger Innes, must fight the odds and bring peace to a broken kingdom.
Other: This book is everything I could want in a fantasy and one of the most successful retellings I've read so far. It is witty and has a lot of heart. I loved the characters and the dry sense of humor and its surprising depth. Schmidt attempts to explain why the story of Rumplestiltskin occurred, and he does it in a fresh, original way that is never boring in its telling. (Ages 9+) ~Amy
We are Chosen to love the Infidels. Many go Renegade
and face a world of Chaos; some are called Lunatic. But in the
end it's all about Elyon the one who holds the secrets to all of the
Lost Books. Welcome to the CIRCLE. ~Ted Dekker