This is the winner of the ALA's William C. Morris YA Debut Award. This is a take on the classic Rumpelstiltskin where in order to get out of some trouble straw must be spun out of gold.
Charlotte Miller, our main character, has always scoffed at talk of a curse on her family's woolen mill, which holds her little town together. But after her father's death, the bad luck piles up: workers leave, debts pile up, and there is an overbearing uncle. Then a stranger named Jack Spinner offers a tempting proposition: He can turn straw into gold thread, for the small price of her mother's ring. As Charlotte is drawn deeper into her bargains with Spinner-and a romance with the local banker-she must unravel the truth of the curse on the mill and save the community she calls home.