Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic.
But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.
With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .
Liesl Shurtliff weaves a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on a beloved character from her award-winning debut, Rump.
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Liesl Shurtliff was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, with the mountains for her playground. Just like Rump, Liesl was shy about her name, growing up. Not only did it rhyme with weasel, she could never find it on any of those personalized key chains in gift shops. But over the years she’s grown to love having an unusual name—and today she wouldn’t change it for the world!
Before she became a writer, Liesl graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in music, dance, and theater. She now lives in Chicago with her husband and three young children, where she still dreams of the mountains. Rump is her first novel.
PLEASE WELCOME LEISL to BOOKHOUNDS YA!
- What is on your nightstand?
An oil diffuser
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
- What author would you totally fan?
There are so many authors I adore, but I’m going to go with a deceased author, Lewis Carrol, author of Alice in Wonderland. He perfectly blends mad quirkiness and magic with math and logic, and it seems he was quite a character in real life as well. I would just love to have a mad tea party with him!
- What makes you cringe?
Infected wounds. Also catching my own typos after I’ve posted something online. I try to be careful, but there’s always something that slips. The your/you’re is the worst for me! I really wish I had a social media copy editor.
- Are you worried that your google history will get you into trouble?
Not really. I’ve been pretty conservative with my online presence and luckily social media wasn’t a big thing until I graduated college, otherwise I probably would have to worry about something I posted in my youth. It’s a lesson I’m trying to teach my children now. We all make mistakes. The internet keeps really good track of them.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
Mostly I go with the flow. I sketch a light outline in the beginning to at least give me a general sense of where I’m going, but there’s so much I discover along the way and a lot can change from my original plans. Big things can turn on small hinges, and I don’t always see those small hinges from the start.