The Compulsive Reader: Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff Blog Tour

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff Blog Tour

Welcome to the RED blog tour!

When I first started my MFA program at VCFA, one of the very first middle grade books I read was Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. I loved the fun, humorous, and very clever twist on the Rumpelstiltskin story, and that book has been one of my favorite books to recommend at the bookstore. She followed up with Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, and I'm so thrilled that her third book has circled back around to Red, whom we first met in Rump!

Red's grandmother is a powerful witch, and Red has inherited her abilities. But magic is tricky and sly, and one very big magical mistake has Red fearful of what could happen if she continues to use her magic. So she sets it aside and ignores it--until one day Granny falls sick and no simple cure will help her get better. Red sets off into The Woods in search of a magical solution that will help Granny, accompanied by a nosy girl named Goldie. Together, Red and Goldie are stalked by a wolf, meet a huntsman on a mission, encounter dwarves, bears, beasts, and a whole lot of magic.

Like in her previous two books, Shurtliff plays with bits and pieces of fairy tales to cobble together a truly delightful story about magic and fear, and finding the courage to face the unknown future with a few good friends at your side. Red is a prickly character who is on a mission, and doesn't want to take time to get to know the characters that surround her. Luckily for her, Goldie is persistent and is on a mission of her own. As the two girls travel through The Woods and encounter various enchantments that prevent people from ever dying, they also discover that such magic comes at a terrible price. As they overcome each obstacle, they learn that magic in itself isn't entirely bad, but magic driven by fear tends to be dangerous. This journey gives Red the knowledge and the courage to realize her own magical destiny, save her friends and herself, and face the future.

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood will be available on April 12th! In the meantime, catch up by reading Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin and Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, and enter to win a copy of Red below!

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