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A Tale Dark & Grimm
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Adam Gidwitz taught in Brooklyn for eight years. Now, he writes full time--which means he writes a couple of hours a day, and lies on his couch staring at the ceiling the rest of the time. As is the case with all of his books, everything in them not only happened in the real fairy tales...it all also happened to him. Really. Learn more at www.adamgidwitz.com, on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter: @AdamGidwitz

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Gr 3 Up-With disarming delicacy and unexpected good cheer, Gidwitz reweaves some of the most shocking and bloody stories that the Brothers Grimm collected into a novel that's almost addictively compelling. He gives fair warning that this is no prettified, animated version of the old stories. "Are there any small children in the room now?" he asks midway through the first tale, "If so, it would be best if we just...hurried them off to bed. Because this is where things start to get, well...awesome." Many of humanity's least attractive, primal emotions are on display: greed, jealousy, lust, and cowardice. But, mostly it's the unspeakable betrayal by bad parents and their children's journey to maturation and forgiveness that are at the heart of the book. Anyone who's ever questioned why Hansel and Gretel's father is so readily complicit in their probable deaths and why the brother and sister, nonetheless, return home after their harrowing travails will find satisfying explanations here. Gidwitz is terrifying and funny at the same time. His storytelling is so assured that it's hard to believe this is his debut novel. And his treatment of the Grimms' tales is a whole new thing. It's equally easy to imagine parents keeping their kids up late so they can read just one more chapter aloud, kids finishing it off under the covers with a flashlight, and parents sneaking into their kids' rooms to grab it off the nightstand and finish it themselves.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Accolades for A Tale Dark & Grimm
- New York Times bestseller
- Selection on the Today Show's Al's Book Club for Kids
- NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts Selection
- An E. B. White Read Aloud Honor Book
- New York Times Editors' Choice pick
- Publishers Weekly Flying Start
- School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
- ALA Notable Book

"Unlike any children's book I've ever read . . . [it] holds up to multiple re-readings, like the classic I think it will turn out to be."--New York Times Book Review
"A marvelous reworking of old stories that manages to be fresh, frightening, funny, and humane."--Wall Street Journal Accolades for In a Glass Grimmly
- New York Times bestseller
- A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012
- A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012
- A School Librry Journal Best Book of 2012 "Gidwitz is back with a second book that, if possible, outshines A Tale Dark & Grimm."--School Library Journal, starred review "Compulsively readable."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Gory, hilarious, touching, and lyrical all at once, with tons of kid appeal."--The Horn Book "Adam Gidwitz leads us into creepy forests, gruesome deeds, terrible monsters, and--far worse--the dark places of the human heart. It's horrible . . . and I LOVED it!"--Tom Angleberger, author of The Strange Case of Origami

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