The True Story of Hansel and Gretel

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Penguin Books
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5.4 X 8.7 X 0.7 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Louise Murphy, winner of a Writers Digest Award for formal poetry, is the author of the novel The Sea Within and a book for children, My Garden. She is a regular contributor to numerous literary and poetry journals.


A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year

"Purely imaginative . . . [Murphy's] characters speak to us with terrible prescience."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Filled with the breathtaking, sometimes death-defying contortions of war."
--Los Angeles Times

"This harrowing portrayal of the daily ordeal of Poles caught up in the German occupation--Gentiles as well as Jews--makes this a page-turner as well as a moving testament to the human will to do good and survive despite all odds. Highly recommended."
--Library Journal

"It's the scariet of all fairy tales, and it's retold here with gripping realism. . . . The Grimms' story is always there like a dark shadow intensifying the drama as the searing narrative transforms the old archetypes."

"A provocative transformation of the classic fairy tale into a haunting survival story set in Poland during WWII. No reader who picks up this inspiring novel will put it down until the final pages, in which redemption is not a fairy tale ending but a heartening message of hope."
--Publishers Weekly

"Unusually gripping . . . Lyrical, haunting, unforgettable."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)