When Rump was born, his mother whispered his full name into his ear, but was unable to tell anyone else his full name before she died, so his name became Rump. This is problematic, because everyone who lived on the mountain believed that your name determines your destiny, and poor Rump was destined to always be the butt of someone else's joke. Everyone in the mountain is tasked with finding gold and the amount of gold you find determines the amount of food the greedy miller will give you to eat. Rump has always been unlucky in finding gold, and that never changes, so he and his gran never have enough food. One evening when bringing wood in from the pile Rump discovers his mother's spinning wheel, Gran tries to dissuade him, but Rump insists that he wants it in his room as a part of his mother, and it isn't long before Rump determines that he can spin straw into gold. Rump is sure the greedy miller will give him more food for the gold, but his friend Red convinces him to hide the gold for now. When Gran becomes deathly ill, Rump knows he must have more food and trades the gold anyway, and this causes a chain of events that were destined to happen to Rump leading him from one danger to another, one place in the kingdom to another. But will Rump ever be free of his destiny? And will he ever learn his true name?
This is a cute story, I really enjoyed how there were several fairy tales woven into this one about Rump and how he finds himself and learns that your name is not really your destiny. There were some really fun characters in this book, including some trolls, Red and her grandmother, the miller and his daughter and the crazy gold hungry king. This is a fun middle grade read that you won't want to put down!
I was able to borrow this book from my local library.
Labels: 2014 Whitney nominee, fairy tale adaptation, Liesl Shurtliff, middle grade book