What would Rapunzel do if she was able to leave her tower? What if she didn't really want to go? What would it really be like to have all that hair? In this reimagined story of the famous fairy tale, Rapunzel doesn't really want to leave her tower. She is convinced that her "mother" (whom she calls Witch) really cares for her and is trying to protect her. Then she meets Jack.
Jack climbs into her tower with a rather amazing story of needing to take the dew from one of her roses as an antidote to a poison that a fairy friend of his has encountered. When Rapunzel refuses, Jack starts to complain about his last visit. Except that Rapunzel has never met Jack before. Unless Jack's story is true and Witch has been taking her memory. She decides that she will have to go with Jack to find out the truth, but the two of them don't really get along well and Rapunzel knows nothing about the world outside of her tower.
Fans of "fractured" fairy tales and adventure stories with strong female characters will enjoy Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel (Lexile: 680; Interest Level: Grades 3-7) by Megan Morrison, the first book in the Tyme series. (384 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.