Grades 7 - 9
Grade level Equivalent: 5.5
Lexile Measure®: 840L
Guided Reading: Y
- Fables, Folk Tales and Myths
- Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles
- Determination and Perseverance
- Extended Families
- Magic and Supernatural
About This Book
This ravishing winner of the ALA's William C. Morris YA Debut Award is a fairy tale, spun with a mystery, woven with a family story, and shot through with romance.
Charlotte Miller has always scoffed at talk of a curse on her family's woolen mill, which holds her beloved small town together. But after her father's death, the bad luck piles up: departing workers, impossible debts, an overbearing uncle. Then a stranger named Jack Spinner offers a tempting proposition: He can turn straw into gold thread, for the small price of her mother's ring. As Charlotte is drawn deeper into her bargains with Spinner-and a romance with the local banker-she must unravel the truth of the curse on the mill and save the community she's always called home.