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Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale
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Jul 05, 11

This isn't your grandmother's Rapunzel! If you're thinking of the classic tale of a girl trapped in a tower who has a prince save her - you are barking up the wrong tree. Set in what feels like the Wild Wild West, Rapunzel has come into her own, and she doesn't need a prince to rescue her.

Born in a sheltered house behind a secret wall, she has a mother with magical talents and a big secret. As a little girl she lives a charmed privilaged life - though she's not allowed to see what's on the other side of the compound. After sneaking over the wall and finding her real mother, Rapunzel escapes her evil mother's clutches. She is then trapped in a tree and told to repent. As you can imagine, she doesn't - and the adventure only escalates from there. She grows her hair and manages to escape the tree - eventually her hair becomes her weapon (much like a lasso).

Bent on getting revenge, Rapunzel continues on and eventually ends up meeting and pairing up (and stealing) with Jack (the very one who has a beanstalk). Beautifully illustrated, many of the comics speak for themselves and don't need dialouge - though the author includes artful asides that really make the story sing.
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