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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Liesl Shurtliff  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;


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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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Rump :
ISBN: 030797796X. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2013.

In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone's joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she's right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse. To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship -- and a cheeky sense of humor -- he just might triumph in the end.

Jack :
ISBN: 0385755791. OCLC Number:

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Relates the tale of Jack who, after trading his mother's milk cow for magic beans, climbs a beanstalk to seek his missing father in the land of giants.

Red :
ISBN: 038575583X. OCLC Number:

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"Followed by a wolf, a huntsman, and a porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red embarks on a quest to find a magical cure for her ailing grandmother"--



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

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

    Speaking Engagements

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    Attn Liesl Shurtliff, Author c/o Regal Literary, Inc. The Capitol Building 236 West 26 Street, Suite 801 New York, NY 10001