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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Liesl Shurtliff  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD C:YA Fiction



Illinois Connection

Shurtliff currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Liesl Shurtliff grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. She studied Music Dance Theatre at Brigham Young University. After she had her first child, she started writing.

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Titles At Your Library

Rump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Rumpelstiltskin
ISBN: 030797796X

Yearling. 2014

This funny fractured fairy tale goes

behind the scenes of Rumpelstiltskin. New York Times Bestselling author Liesl Shurtliff "spins words into gold [Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor winner]."

In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone's joke.

But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse.

To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end.

A Texas Bluebonnet finalist and winner of the ILA award for middle grade fiction, Rump is perfect for fans of Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted

or Adam Gidwitz's A Tale Dark and Grimm. And don't miss Liesl Shurtliff's other fairy tale retellings: Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk and Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood.

"A fresh riff on the Grimm Brothers'

Rumpelstiltskin, told with wit from the impish point of view of the troublemaker himself." —People

"Lighthearted and inventive,


amusingly expands a classic tale." —Brandon Mull, #1

New York Times

bestselling author of


Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk
ISBN: 0385755791

Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2015

"A delightful re-telling of a classic fairy tale that has Jack and his younger sister on a wild adventure in the land of giants. Positive themes of integrity and family give the story added depth while keeping a fast, enjoyable pace that's perfect for readers new to middle grade novels." - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor

Fairy tale fans will give a GIANT cheer for this funny retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk from the

New York Times Bestselling author of Rump and Red!

All his life, Jack has longed for an adventure, so when giants turn up in the neighbor's cabbage patch, he is thrilled! Soon Jack is chasing them to a land beyond the clouds, with his little sister, Annabella, in tow. The kingdom of giants is full of super-sized fun: puddings to swim in, spoons to use as catapults, monster toads to carry off pesky little sisters. . . .

But Jack and Annabella are on a mission. The king of the giants has taken something that belongs to them, and they’ll do anything—even dive into a smelly tureen of green bean soup—to get it back.

“Liesl Shurtliff has the uncanny ability to make magical worlds feel utterly real, and the best part is: you don’t even need a beanstalk to visit them.” —Tim Federle, author of Better Nate than Ever

"A delightful story of family, perseverance, and courage." —Booklist

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood
ISBN: 038575583X

Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2016

From the New York Times bestselling author of RUMP, comes a spellbinding fairy tale featuring a brave heroine, a wild wolf, plenty of magical misadventures, and more!

Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf.

She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic.
But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .

Liesl Shurtliff weaves a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on a beloved character from her award-winning debut,


"Red is the most wonder-filled fairy tale of them all!” -- Chris Grabenstein, New York Times Bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.

"Moving and filled with hope . . .

the charm of Shurtliff's retelling is how she imbues the storybook tropes with vibrant humanity."—Shelf Awareness, starred review

And don't miss Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, "a delightful story of family, perseverance and courage" (Booklist).


-- '''''Rump''''' *Utah Beehive Award Nominee *New Voices Title, Association of Booksellers for Children, 2013 *Best Childrens Book, American Book Council, 2013 *"Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers," Kid's Indie Next List, 2013 *Nerdy Book Club Award, 2013 *Young Adult Book Award, International Reading Association Children's, 2014 *Finalist, Texas Bluebonnet Award, 2014 *Mock Newbery Winner, Andersons Bookshop, 2014 *Children's Book of the Year, Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College, 2014 *Childrens Book Award Finalist, State of Georgia, 2015 *Bluegrass Award Finalist State of Kentucky, 2015 *ILLINOIS READS Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015 *Nene Award Finalist, State of Hawaii, 2015 *Sunshine State Book Award Finalist, State of Florida, 2015 *Golden Sower Master List, State of Nebraska, 2015 *Sequoyah Children's Book Master List, State of Oklahoma, 2015 *Young Readers Master List, Rebecca Caudill, 2016 *Young Reader's Choice Award Finalist, State of Louisiana, 2016 '''''Red''''' *Bestseller, New York Times, 2016 *Starred Review, Shelf Awareness, 2016