Liesl Shurtliff

Liesl Shurtliff grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the fourth child in a crazy combined family of eight. She studied Music, Dance, and Theater at Brigham Young University, where she earned her BFA. She's published short stories in Guideposts Sweet 16, Hopscotch for Girls, and The Friend. She writes book reviews for Deseret News and she's a member of SCBWI. She blogs regularly at Writer Ropes and Hopes. Liesl lives with her husband and three children in Chicago.


Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

An Indie Next List Pick

"Lighthearted and inventive, RUMP amusingly expands a classic tale." - Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of FABLEHAVEN

"Liesl Shurtliff does more than spin words into gold - she gets us rooting for Rumpelstiltskin, a most magical feat." - Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of HATTIE BIG SKY

"Shurtliff turns the Rumpelstiltskin tale on end, providing the heartbreaking yet humorous history of the manikin's dilemma... In his moment of triumph, children will want to dance alongside the unlikely, likable hero. As good as gold." - Kirkus (starred review)

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Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk

Jack has always been told that giants are not real. But if that's the case, how do you explain the huge, foot shaped pond in the yard, or the occurrence of strange and sudden storms in which the earth quakes and dirt rains from the sky? When his father is carried away in such a storm, Jack gives chase in the only logical way: by trading the family cow for some magic beans that will give him access to a land beyond the clouds. He arrives to find that the giants themselves have giant-sized troubles. With the help of an overachieving little sister, a magic goose and a chatty cook (who is not interested in grinding human bones into bread, thank you very much!) Jack sets out to save his dad and save the day.

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood

"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

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, RUMP.