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by Cameron Dokey

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"Once upon a Time"

Is Timeless

Before Rapunzel's birth, her mother made a dangerous deal with the sorceress Melisande: If she could not love newborn Rapunzel just as she appeared, she would surrender the child to Melisande. When Rapunzel was born completely bald and without hope of ever growing hair, her horrified mother sent


"Once upon a Time"

Is Timeless

Before Rapunzel's birth, her mother made a dangerous deal with the sorceress Melisande: If she could not love newborn Rapunzel just as she appeared, she would surrender the child to Melisande. When Rapunzel was born completely bald and without hope of ever growing hair, her horrified mother sent her away with the sorceress to an uncertain future.

After sixteen years of raising Rapunzel as her own child, Melisande reveals that she has another daughter, Rue, who was cursed by a wizard years ago and needs Rapunzel's help. Rue and Rapunzel have precisely "two nights and the day that falls between" to break the enchantment. But bitterness and envy come between the girls, and if they fail to work together, Rue will remain cursed...forever.

Editorial Reviews

Dokey adds to her Once Upon a Time series-Beauty Sleep (Simon Pulse/S & S, 2002/VOYA February 2002),The Storyteller's Daughter (2002/Paperback Update, VOYA April 2003), and Sunlight and Shadow (2004/VOYA December 2004)-another nontraditional fairy-tale retelling. In an ironic twist, Rapunzel is born without hair and is rejected by her mother. After she is taken in by the sorceress Melisande, time passes peacefully until one day Rapunzel finds that Melisande has a daughter, Rue, who has been cursed to live alone in a tower. Rue can be freed if she learns how to love, and it falls upon Rapunzel to help her. In the end, both girls find the love they seek, and Rue takes Rapunzel's name so that long golden hair will always be associated with it. By manipulating a traditional story, Dokey provides an appealing modern fairy tale. The distinctive twist brings some fresh, new insights by delving deeply into the inner thoughts and feelings of the well-drawn characters. Rapunzel will resonate with teenage girls as she struggles to find her place in both the heart of Melisande and the boy she loves. Although the story builds very slowly to the rushed ending, everything wraps up in a satisfying, happily-ever-after finale. Just the right amount of romance and adventure will make this novel appeal widely, and librarians should find it a good addition to their collections. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Simon Pulse/S & S, 256p., pb. Ages 11 to 15.
—Rachel L. Wadham
Children's Literature
There is a reason for fairy tales: They are timeless, which means, among other things, that they are always readable. They are ageless, which means that readers of any age can enjoy them. Retellings and reinterpretations can be absolute page-turners if they are done well. This is one of those books that is a delight to read. First of all, the premise is fascinating. Rapunzel, she of the golden hair, actually has no hair at all. Her mother, who had expected a beautiful baby who looked just like her, refused to hold her, and happily turned her over to the witch next-door. The witch, Melisande, was not exactly a witch. She was an old-fashioned, "wise woman" who raised the child as well as she could for thirteen years. Now things begin to happen. First, a tinker shows up at their door with his apprentice. Rapunzel expects Melisande to throw them out, but instead she feeds them and offers them a place to stay. Times are changing, though, and soon the tinker tells them that the villagers are going to make them all leave. In a scene that reads remarkably like a pogrom, the fleeing "outcasts" find things out about each other and themselves. Melisande had a reason for taking in Rapunzel. She'd had a daughter of her own, Rue, who had been taken away by a wizard and kept in a tower—does this begin to sound familiar? Rapunzel is going to be instrumental in freeing the unfortunate Rue, if she can get over her jealousy. Rue is jealous, too—how could her mother take in another girl, is this girl replacing her? Now another point of contention appears—there is a prince who is searching for the girl held in the tower. Highly recommended. 2006, Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, Ages 10 to 15.
—Judy Silverman
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-This inventive reworking of a fairy tale explores issues of identity, self-perception, and true love. The story features two beautiful young women. The first, Rapunzel, is shunned by her vain mother at birth because she is odd looking (completely bald). Melisande, a sorceress, takes the infant as repayment for a theft from her garden, and raises and loves her as if she were her own daughter. The other beauty is Rue, the sorceress's real daughter, imprisoned for years in a magic tower by a wizard who once sensed thoughtlessness in Melisande and decided to teach her a hard lesson. As Rapunzel matures, her increasing ability to see into people's hearts allows her to discern the other girl's presence in Melisande's heart. When growing unrest results in suspicion directed toward the sorceress, she and Rapunzel, now 16, must flee from their farm, accompanied by a tinker and his boy, an orphan named Harry. Melisande takes them to the tower where she hopes Rapunzel will figure out how to save Rue, and the result is a happily-ever-after ending for all. Strong characters, a clever plot, some interesting moral dilemmas to ponder, and a touch of romance make this version of the fairy tale worth a second look.-Barbara Scotto, Michael Driscoll School, Brookline, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Simon Pulse
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Once upon a Time Series
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Meet the Author

Cameron Dokey is the author of nearly thirty young adult novels. Her other fairy tales include, The Storyteller’s Daughter, Sunlight and Shadow, and Golden. She has also written the #1 bestselling How Not to Spend Your Senior Year. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and four cats.

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Golden 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well rapunzel may or may not ever get hair she gives up alife of luxury to help another so it was good by me very little rimance and could use a little les character development in the beginning .
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a good book with a good middle and a good end but the end was a let down. Because the whole book lead up to like only a few chapeters of the whole point of the book they didn't develope the ending enough it is almost as if she just got tired of writing it so wrapped it up really quick.
bookworm-reader More than 1 year ago
I wasn't going to read this when I first saw it because Rapunzel was bald.... But I gave it a chance. I liked that Harry loved Rapunzel/Susan from the every start! I liked that he could love her even though she was bald, and that even when she said she would never grow hair he still said he would love her no matter what. I'm not going to lie, I was kinda mad when Rapunzel didn't grow hair after Rue and her broke the curse! Rue got what she wanted why could Rapunzel get what she wanted? Dokey even wrote that Rapunzel daydreamed about have hair, so why couldn't she get some?! I was getting annoyed with Rue a lot, like when she wouldn't walk outside or talk to the prince, I wanted to hell at her, "OMG! JUST WALK OUTSIDE IT'S NOT THAT HARD, AND JUST TALK TO THE DANG PRINCE ITS NOT THAT BAD, SO WHAT IF HER THINKS YOU'RE RAPUNZEL!!" All in all, I enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was interesting in the beginning, but in the middle it became boring. At the end at least it became good again. There are better books than this one though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i have to say, this book is really beautiful. i loved the twist in this story, that Rapunzel didn't have hair.
The-Maid-Of-Astolat More than 1 year ago
Dokey added a new twist on an old classic. She expanded on Grimms original story and it exploded with wonderful twists and turns. You never know what to expect and it makes you want more. This is a wonderful quick read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cameron Dokey is a very creative writer. Cameron can take the original story of Rapunzel and turn it in to elaborate and wonderful tale. You get the feeling that you are there with the characters when you read this story. Cameron Dokey retails the story of Repunzel better then the original!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i luv the way this author writes its very good. she created a very nice storyline and i loved the ending. it was a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cameron Dokey is a very talented writer. I have read many of her books. I couldn't put this book down! If you enjoy romantic adventures then this is a book you should read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book sooo much! It was romantic and witty and hilarious all in one. I recommend this book for any one who simply adores romance books that are not overly romantic. You'll also love the twist at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you Queen Dokey for giving us another wonderful fairy tale!! This is a beautifully different take on the classic tale of Rapunzel (one of my favorites). It is a very entertaining new way of imagining an old tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the book, but all it is giving me is the sample. Can someone help me, please? I already archieved it to no avail,
Crystal_Kido More than 1 year ago
This is a great re-telling of Rapunzel with a lot of surprises and twists as well as some great characters that will keep the reader interested until they reach the end.
StoryBreather More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Dokey did an amazing job at twisting the story of Rapunzel. I love that the main girl is bald. Rapunzel bald!? Well, you'll just have to read it and find out what that's all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a little dissapointed in the original story of Rapunzel. I thought it stupid, pointless. So, I've been looking for a replacement. when I read this book, I could not beleive it! It was the perfect way to change the original story so it was that much better! I love this book, it is my favorite in the whole Once Upon A Time Series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book love all the books in the series!!!!!
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Merfairy613 More than 1 year ago
It was ok, I like how the main character is not typically beautiful however, it was a little confusing 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book and a creative retelling of rapunzel. I didnt like that rapunzel (at the end susan) never grew any hair because rue got what she wanted. I liked the story and the characters a lot. There isnt much to say about this book except the fact that its really good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books are so awesome butyou should do one about the tale of the snow queen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good but it was slow in parts of the book. Everyone should the other books in the once upon a time series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book i cant wait till kissed comes out!
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