The Crimson Thread

The Crimson Thread

A Retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin"

Book - 2008
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"Once upon a Time" Is Timeless

The year is 1880, and Bertie, having just arrived in New York with her family, is grateful to be given work as a seamstress in the home of textile tycoon J. P. Wellington. When the Wellington family fortune is threatened, Bertie's father boasts that Bertie will save the business, that she is so skillful she can "practically spin straw into gold."

Amazingly, in the course of one night, Bertie creates exquisite evening gowns -- with the help of Ray Stalls, a man from her tenement who uses an old spinning wheel to create dresses that are woven with crimson thread and look as though they are spun with real gold. Indebted to Ray, Bertie asks how she can repay him. When Ray asks for her firstborn child, Bertie agrees, never dreaming that he is serious....
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Children's Pub., 2008
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse ed. --
ISBN: 9781416959434
1416959432
Branch Call Number: YA PB Weyn 3558ya 1
Characteristics: ix, 207 p. --

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When the Wellington family fortune is threatened, Bertie's father boasts that his daughter can spin gold from straw - and that's just what Bertie must do. She accepts some desperately-needed help from a man to whom she must promise her firstborn child. Bertie never dreams that the man will take h... Read More »


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SoftFire
Dec 30, 2015

Expecting a fairytale I was immediately disoriented when I found myself among an immigrant family in America. But after a few chapters the familiar "Rumpelstilskin" story started to take shape. This is one of the best tellings of that story I have read.

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marissa11593
Nov 17, 2015

Okay so Rumpelstiltskin isn't my fave fairy tale but wow the Author of this one just blew me away i men it left me on edge XD the idea is extremely creative not many people think to do a story around this time period especially a fairy tale :D for those who haven't checked it out yet you have to read it i won't give away to much but lets just say the ending isn't what you'd expect it to be LOL

I'd rate this as PG soo kids 12 and up can read it :D its totally appropriate :D

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sarwins
Jun 12, 2014

really good it's not what you think of when you hear Rumpelstiltskin. It is a historical romance really.

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sapphicatthedisco
Oct 18, 2013

Need 2 read this

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thatariel
Sep 24, 2013

i want to read this so bad now!!!

Quimeras May 06, 2013

This is a well-written story; Weyn is definitely a talented writer. I especially liked the historical references.

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Autumn20
Jul 25, 2012

Suzanne Weyn, did an amazing
Job on this book!

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FloridaChic
Jul 12, 2012

I loved this book but I thought that it was weird that she ended up marring Rumpelstiltskin and that they did not combine their businesses right away and to wait a hole year to get married I would probably die with anxiety. Suzanne took the classical story and put and amazing twist to it!!!!!!!!!

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butterfly_girl
May 15, 2012

this book will deffenetly keep you on the edge of your seat.

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khbh
Feb 07, 2012

Absolutely loved it! A nice, romantic twist of the already loveable story of Rumplestiltskin.

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Jul 12, 2012

FloridaChic thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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