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{Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel: Megan Morrison}Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison
Series: Tyme
Published by Scholastic Press on April 28, 2015
Genres: Childrens, Fairy Tales, Middle School
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Scholastic Press
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{Synopsis} – “Think you know Rapunzel’s story? Think again, because the tower was only the beginning…” — Jennifer Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of THE FALSE PRINCE

In all of Tyme, from the Redlands to the Grey, no one is as lucky as Rapunzel. She lives in a magic tower that obeys her every wish; she reads wonderful books starring herself as the heroine; her hair is the longest, most glorious thing in the world. And she knows this because Witch tells her so—her beloved Witch, who protects her from evil princes, the dangerous ground under the tower, even unhappy thoughts. Rapunzel can’t imagine any other life.

Then a thief named Jack climbs into her room to steal one of her enchanted roses. He’s the first person Rapunzel’s ever met who isn’t completely charmed by her (well, the first person she’s met at all, really), and he is infuriating– especially when he hints that Witch isn’t telling her the whole truth. Driven by anger at Jack and her own nameless fears, Rapunzel descends to the ground for the first time, and finds a world filled with more peril than Witch promised … and more beauty, wonder, and adventure than she could have dreamed.

{My thoughts} – I have always enjoyed reading different spins on the classic fairytale stories. This book did not disappoint me one bit. I thought it would be an interesting read to see what might have or could have been if Rapunzel had a different sort of story and I was right, it kept my attention quite well. I truly enjoyed reading it to my three month old.

Rapunzel was taken from her parents through a bargain that the witch had proposed to her father before she’d been born. She was then kept in a tower that the witch had convinced her was the safest place for her to be as she grew up. She had many ways in which she had managed to make Rapunzel believe that her tower was her safe haven and that should she leave she would not be safe anymore. However, in all the books that the Witch had given her access to it said that if she did leave the tower all she had to do was yell the Witch’s name and Witch would be able to rescue her and take her safely back to her tower.

Rapunzel learns a lot about herself, her family and Witch throughout the pages of this book. It is a tale so intricately woven that it may leave you on the brink of tears near the end. If you’d like to learn more about Rapunzel and her story you’ll need to read the book, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

{Quotes I Enjoyed} –
{01} – Stories were all well and good in books, but she was much to clever to end up in one herself.
{02} – “Why do you call me prisoner child?”
“Because that is what you have always been,” said Glyph. “A prisoner in a tower.”
“I’m not a prisoner,” Rapunzel said. “I love my tower.”
“Love is a slippery word. Are you sure you understand it?”
{03} – Jack shrugged, ” A mother is… a woman,” he said, scratching his head. “And a father is a man. They’re parents. They have children. You’re suppose to grow up with your parents, unless they die or something bad happens.”
{04} – “Because when you get old, you wear out I guess,” he said. “You get sick more easily. And one day you die.”
{05} – “Death.” said Jack, “Look. When you die, it means… well, it means you’re gone for good. Your body gets buried under the ground, and the rest of you goes into the Beyond.”
{06} – “I keep myself alive,” said Witch. “Beyond that, I do whatever I wish. Power is power. Without power, others will make your choices for you. With power, your life is your own. I will not suffer myself to be controlled by anyone. Never again.”
{07} – Happy endings were no good anyway. She thought, yawning. Happy endings were still endings.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.