Retelling

Rachel the Clever and Other Jewish Folktales

By Josepha Sherman

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This is a wonderful collection of 46 short folktales that share the themes of doing the right thing, surviving by cleverness and kindness and always maintaining a good sense of humor. They come from Poland, Central Asia, Iran, Morocco and many other places where Jews have settled. They are excellent choices for reading aloud or telling to a group.

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Black Thorn, White Rose

By Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

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Eighteen tales that remold favorite childhood stories into things darker and sexier, more resonant and appealing to adults. Tattercoats, the Goose Girl, Sleeping Beauty, Rumplestiltskin, and the Bremen Town Musicians are among the characters whose stories get a revision in this collection.
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A Curse Dark as Gold

By Elizabeth C. Bunce

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Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price. This book won the newly established William C. Morris Award, for debut books of first-time YA authors.
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