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Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale
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Jun 29, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: comics, fairy-tales, fantasy, ya, ccbc-choices
Read in June, 2009

Clever retelling of the Rapunzel storyline with a bit of Jack and the Beanstalk and the Wild West thrown in. Saturated with brilliant colors and feisty characters, this is a fabulous fairy tale retelling which makes both its hero and heroine smart, funny, kind, and much more flawed and well-rounded than their usual incarnations. I was a little worried that Jack would fall into the Strong-Female-Protagonist-Means-Wimpy-Pointless-Male-Love-Interest scenario, but he holds up pretty well as a snarky, fun supporting character. Best of all, in addition to the self-reliant female lead, we get a variety of racial/cultural representations. Great read!
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