Rapunzel's Revenge

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8+
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159990070X
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Wily, Braid-Toting Rapunzel Settles the Score
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In this engrossing graphic novel, auburn-haired Rapunzel lives in the wild west with Gothel, her mother (or, actually, the woman she thinks is her mother), in a lush walled castle. One day, she climbs over the wall and sees a desolate landscape stretching before her. She also meets a kind woman, a worker in Gothel's mine camps. This woman turns out to be Rapunzel's real mother. Rapunzel learns the truth about her life that day, how she was stolen from her true family.

Stricken, she confronts Gothel . . .and winds up living in a hollowed out room high in a far-away forest. As time goes by, Rapunzel's hair grows so long that she not only skips rope with the braids, but she learns to use her braids as weapons. Those braid whips come in handy when she escapes, joins forces with Jack (of Jack and the Beanstalk fame), and sets off on a wild adventure to save her real mother and settle the score with Gothel.

Readers will find themselves drawn right into Rapunzel's story, which proceeds at a rapid pace. Rapunzel is a spunky, smart, strong heroine who triumphs mightily over villains and insurmountable odds to make her world a better place. Newbery Honor winner Shannon Hale's husband Dean Hale is her co-author, and the illustrator is another Hale (not related to Shannon and Dean) -- Nathan Hale. All hail the Hales for giving us this great twist on a well-known fairy tale in such an enjoyable form.
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This "Revenge" is Sweet!
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Reader reviewed by mearley

I'm never really picked up a graphic novel before, but I love retellings of fairy tales, and I adore Shannon Hale, so I was very excited to read Rapunzel's Revenge. This Rapunzel is no helpless maiden in a tower. Well, she is in a tower for a while, but instead of waiting for a handsome prince to come along and rescue her, she finds her own way out and begins a quest to stop the evil witch who is terrorizing the entire land. Rapunzel joins forces with Jack (of beanstalk fame) and with her braids as lassos and his quick thinking and "sticky fingers" they bring hope and justice to several old west communities.

Rapunzel is a spunky, strong heroine. Her adventures are filled with excitement and humor. She wisely rebuffs the charming prince and opts for the guy who is truly her equal. As far as I'm concerned, Shannon Hale cannot write a bad story. This was no exception, and I'm looking forward to the sequel!
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