Weyn, Suzanne The Crimson Thread (a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin), 207 p. New York, 1880. Bridget and her family are frsh off the boat from Ireland and in need of jobs. After a few false starts, Bridget's Da finds her a position as a dressmaker's assistant at the same mansion that he works at. Unfortunately, Da's boasting ways put the newly renamed "Bertie" in a predicament, when he brags that she can create a beautiful dress in just one night. Even though Bertie is not sure what price she will have to pay, she accepts to help of a mysterious young man who always seem to be close by. Without referring to dwarves or magic, Weyn weaves a magical tale about the nature of love and human kindness. I love the creativity of the authors involved in the Once Upon a Time series; I never get tired of reading their different permutations of these classic tales. I wish I were half as clever. MS, HS - ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library-Teacher.