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A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
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bookshelves: children-s, fantasy, middle-school-fiction, survival

Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2011-2012. Kudos to Gidwitz for re-introducing the Hansel & Gretal fairy tale to a new generation, and for not soft pedaling the original bloody story. Now I must dig out the Grimm version to see if Hansel & Gretel's parents really cut off their heads, of if Gretel really had to cut off her own finger. Apparently the fairy tale doesn't end with the witch being pushed into her oven; that's only the beginning of their adventures. With the exception of a narrator who (somewhat annoyingly) inserts himself into the story, which thankfully diminishes over the course of the book, this is an action-packed tale sure to please a middle school audience that can handle gore with their lore.
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