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The Cottage in the Woods

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For fans of Shannon Hale, Adam Gidwitz, and Michael Buckley comes a luminous new twist on a tale readers only thought they knew. . .

Once upon a time, there was a girl with golden locks. But that’s just the beginning of this tale. The real story begins with a bear.

Ursula is a young she-bear who has come to work as a governess at the Vaughn estate. Although she is eager
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: February 10th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Monica Edinger
my blog review.

I love fairy tale reworkings. At the same time their popularity of late has resulted in a lot of mediocrityand so when I come across something newI'm both excited and wary.Is it going to be agoofy-movie-Shrek-imitating-like thingor morein the vein ofMichael Buckley's Fairy Tale Detectives,Christopher Healy's Hero's Guides, orAdam Gidwitz's Grimm series? And if YA dark is it going to be a lame bodice-ripper or something with heft, like Tom McNeal's Far Far Away? And so seeing adesc
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Shoshana
In two words: absolutely phenomenal.

In more than two words:

The book opens with Ursula, a she-bear, introducing her story of her time as a governess at The Cottage. From the get-go it has a very "Jane Eyre" feel - now, "Jane Eyre" is my favorite book in all the evers, and I have to admit at first I kept a wary eye out for this just being a JE re-telling, but with bears. But it's so, so much more. Yes, the Bronte-like tone carries throughout the book, but the story is very, very much its own. (Ev
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Munro's Kids
In this retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, we see through the eyes of the new young governess hired by the Vaughn family (AKA the three bears) to educate their young son Teddy. She quickly realizes that the household carries secrets: who or what scurries around the house at night? And who is young Mr. Bentley, the arrogant but compelling bear who shows up when least expected?

That's probably the best way I could paint this book.I really have no idea who the intended audience is for this
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Monica Edinger
Really, really liked this. It is a unique melding of Regency Romance/Victorian Gothic with a fractured "Goldlilocks and the Three Bears" told by a distinctive Bronte/Austen-like young governess who happens to be an enchanted bear.

My blog review here.
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