A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Reviewed by Beverley Buller, 2009 Kansas Notable Books Committee
Kansas author Elizabeth Bunce channeled her love of needlework and historical costuming and her curiosity about a popular fairytale into a book, which is not only a 2009 Kansas Notable, but also winner of the prestigious William Morris Award for first-time authors.
A Curse Dark as Gold draws teen readers into the richly detailed world of 17-year-old Charlotte Miller, who is trying to save her family’s woolen mill. Using elements of Rumplestiltskin, Bunce masterfully weaves this tale of determination, mystery, and love. Charlotte is a character worthy of Dickens, and the reader holds their breath to see how Bunce solves her predicament. An author’s note follows the very satisfying conclusion, verifying that the author did her homework.
This book joins popular books by Robin McKinley, Gail Carson Levine, Donna Napoli, and Shannon Hale. Be sure your young adult collection has this title for fairy tale and fantasy fans, as well as anyone who appreciates a well-woven story.
If you would like to order this book, please consider ordering from one of the Kansas Center for the Book Affiliates: Book Kansas!, Claflin Books, Town Crier, Watermark Books.