Rapunzel Cuts Loose

By Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Hi! Have you ever felt like you don’t belong somewhere? Well, Rapunzel does. All of her friends wear pretty outfits, whether it’s turquoise or pink or red, they always look good. But Rapunzel is almost always found wearing black. She feels out of place among her friends. But she loves her friends a lot.

Her friends are Cinderella, Snow White, and Red Riding Hood. They have been working on a mystery. Someone who was the leader of E.V.I.L., a villain company, is trying to collect precious artifacts (like Jack and Jill’s pail) from the Grimm Academy library. Grimm Academy is Rapunzel’s Boarding School. Rapunzel and her friends also have a map. It’s showing them where the treasure is that is the key to stopping the villains. And they only have a few days to save Grimm Academy!

It turns out that Rapunzel’s witch is one of the main sources of all of the trouble. But one problem – Rapunzel made a deal with the witch, a very dark deal. And Rapunzel has always very bad at bargaining. And Rapunzel still hasn’t told her friends that deep, dark secret.

Meanwhile, she and her friends still have some planning to do. They decided to prepare a festival to buy them some time. And also it was a fundraiser to help them save the school. They were all busy with things to do. Red Riding Hood had to practice for her play. Cinderella had to practice for a sport called masketball (just like basketball, but you wear masks over your faces so no one can tell who you are). Snow White had her things to do. And Rapunzel was in charge of the pet contest.

But then, the chef asks Rapunzel to get her a rampion. Rampions are spinach-like plants that taste like whatever you desire. (If you say “cotton candy,” then they taste like cotton candy! If you say “sunset on a crisp, beautiful night, then you will feel like you’re out in a crisp, beautiful night watching the sunset.) So, when the chef asked her get some rampion, she asked her to get it from the garden of the very witch who Rapunzel grew up with.

Will Rapunzel be able to survive and find out what happened? Or will E.V.I.L. win? As I always say, read the book to find out!

I recommend this book to readers who love excitement and magic and adventure. And to readers who like to feel like they’re going through the exact same thing that the main character’s going through.

A few helpful things I like to say about the books I read:

“Run and Get Mom” (how I describe the scariness factor):
There were a few scary parts in the book.

“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor):
There was a bit of yucky-lovey stuff in this book.

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I give this book 4 ½ wands.
I really loved this book. It was amazing and everything I loved. I just wish it had been longer. I felt like it didn’t give enough details, but it had everything I love: magic, mystery, adventure, excitement!