Saturday, February 28, 2009

Rapunzel's Revenge

Hale, Shannon and Dean Hale. Ills. Nathan Hale. Rapunzel's Revenge. New York: Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2008.

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ALA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Fiction (2009)
Booklist's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth (2009)

On her twelfth birthday, Rapunzel decides that she is ready to see over the great wall that in her villa's garden, even though she has been forbidden to do so by Mother Gothel. On the other side, Rapunzel sees that Mother Gothel terrorizes the land that she rules and uses her subjects as slaves. She also sees her mother. Her real mother. For this Gothel is furious and locks her in a high tree from which Rapunzel is afraid she will never escape.

Who says that Rapunzel must wait in her tower for a prince to come rescue her? In this version of Rapunzel's story, Rapunzel herself is the hero, not only her own but for many others who have suffered under Mother Gothel's tyranny. Part fairytale, part western, part quest, nothing is as expected about Rapunzel's Revenge.

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