Liesl Shurtliff

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General Information

Name: Liesl Shurtliff

Pen Name: None

Genres: 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.

Published Works

  • Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, Yearling, 2014
  • Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, Knopf, 2015
  • Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood, Knopf, 2016

Titles at Your Library

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

ISBN: 030797796X
Release Date: 2014-04-22

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Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk

ISBN: 0385755791
Release Date: 2015-04-14

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Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood

ISBN: 038575583X
Release Date: 2016-04-12

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Literary Awards


  • Utah Beehive Award Nominee
  • New Voices Title, Association of Booksellers for Children, 2013
  • Best Children’s 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, Anderson’s Bookshop, 2014
  • Children's Book of the Year, Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College, 2014
  • Children’s 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


  • Bestseller, New York Times, 2016
  • Starred Review, Shelf Awareness, 2016

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Send mail to:

Attn: Liesl Shurtliff, Author

c/o Regal Literary, Inc.

The Capitol Building

236 West 26 Street, Suite 801

New York, NY 10001

External Links

Liesl Shurtliff on WorldCat


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