An Appalachian Version of Rumpelstiltskin
by Becky Mushko
Illustrations by Bruce Rae
Gillie – a skilled spinner of wool – leads a charmed life high in the Blue Ridge Mountains until a hailstorm strikes. With their cash crop destroyed and taxes due, Gillie and her pa risk losing their farm. Then a strange little man gives her the power to spin hay into gold. Years later, when he demands his payment, Gillie doesn’t know what to do.