Rump – Liesl Shurtliff

(Published April 9th 2013 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)

In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse.

To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end.

Rump is born into a society where your name means your destiny, unfortunately for him – his mother died before she could give him his full name.
My name couldn’t be changed or taken back, because in The Kingdom your name isn’t just what people call you. Your name is full of meaning and power. Your name is your destiny.”
He is convinced that he is half a person with a destiny and a purpose to match. His Granny is his number one fan and supporter but she dies early in the book leaving Rump all alone and completely unsure of himself and his place in the world that they live. He sets off a sequence of events that eventually lead him to discover the magic that was inside him all along.
This is an origin story of a classic fairy tale character that we have always viewed as a villain but really was just a kid who needed to believe in himself!
This book is perfectly suited for middle grades. It has adventure, humour and a great bunch of characters. I think that the readers will connect with Rump and his journey. You can take this story at face value – and just enjoy it OR easily dig a little deeper and talk to your kids about choices, consequences and staying true to yourself.
“Maybe destiny isn’t something that just happens. Maybe destiny is something you do. Maybe destiny is like a seed and it grows.” 
*This book was the feature book in VIBookcrate JR’s May 2018 Box*

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