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Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood
Contributor(s): Shurtliff, Liesl
ISBN: 038575583X     ISBN-13: 9780385755832
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc
    OUR PRICE: $16.85  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: April 2016
Annotation: Followed by a wolf, a huntsman, and a porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red embarks on a quest to find a magical cure for her ailing grandmother.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Fairy tales.
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
Characters in literature; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Adaptations
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Wolves & Coyotes
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015022144
Lexile Measure: 620
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.55" H x 5.90" W x 0.90" (0.80 lbs) 243 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 182166
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q68989
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 13.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Liesl grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has spent many magical days and nights in the woods. For better or worse, she has never come in contact with a wolf. Before she became a writer, Liesl graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in music, dance, and theater. Her first three books, Rump, Jack and Red are all New York Times bestsellers and Rump was named to over two dozen state award lists and won an ILA Children’s Book Award. She lives in Chicago with her family, where she continues to spin fairy tales.

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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
Red is afraid her grandmother is dying, and she will go anywhere to find the magic to save her. Shurtliff (` la her previous Rump and Jack) deftly reimagines the familiar story with new framing and interwoven elements from a variety of other fairy tales. Recognizable characters help ground readers while Shurtliff explores themes of fear and loss within the adventure-story context. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 January)

Gr 4–7—The third in Shurtliff's collection of fairy tale-inspired spin-offs, Red takes readers on a wild roam through story land, with plenty of magic and danger around every corner. The title character is entrusted by her parents to make her way through the woods and mountains to find a cure for her ailing Granny. Storybook characters pop up unpredictably to help (and hinder) her along the way. She learns quickly that "beautiful" and "good" are not synonymous and how to take risks in the face of fear. Shurtliff deftly weaves familiar characters and subplots into an original jaunt through the fairy tale genre. The protagonist is plucky and determined but unsure of her own powers of decision-making. Goldie, Red's less-than-stellar sidekick, adds an innocence that Red lacks, as well as a perfect possible protagonist for a future installment. The dialogue between characters is contemporary and humorous. Every secondary character leaves a lasting impression on Red, setting up readers to anticipate each new encounter with dwarfs, sprites, or beasts. As moralizing as fairy tales can be, the author wisely lets Red make mistakes and draw her own conclusions. VERDICT This is pure fun for fans of classic stories cleverly retold.—Jane Miller, Nashville Public Library

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