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A genre-bending YA that weaves together inner-city life and a wildly dangerous fairytale universe.Rapunzella is imprisoned in an enchanted forest made of her own Afro and the might of the evil King Charming seems unstoppable. But is it? Can Rapunzella use her power to change the future? You’re fifteen, you spend your time at school and at Val’s hair salon with Baker, Val’s son, who has eyes that are like falling off a cliff into space. The salon is a space of safety, but also of possibility and dreams… Dreams of hair so rich and alive that it grow upwards and outwards into a wild landscape, becomes trees and leaves, and houses birds and butterflies and all the secret creatures that belong in such a forest. Is there a future where such possibility and power is more than just a dream?

Ella McLeod’s debut merges poetry and prose in a stunningly lyrical, heart-piercingly honest exploration of a teenager coming into her power as a young woman.

  • A bold new voice in YA fiction, Ella McLeod is a spoken word poet and actor.
  • Perfect for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo, Dean Atta and Kalynn Bayron.
  • A celebration of Black hair and the power of coming into your identity.
  • Our July 2022 Teen Book of the Month

    Our Teen book of the month is Rapunzella, or, Don’t Touch My Hair, which is spoken word poet and actor Ella McLeod’s debut novel. It is a brilliantly imaginative twist on the classic Rapunzel story and fits right into the bestselling fractured fairy-tale trend. The story weaves together a fifteen-year-old’s inner-city life and a wildly dangerous fairytale universe where Rapunzella is trapped in an enchanted forest made of her own Afro. Can she use her power to change the future and stop the evil King Charming?

    This book beautifully merges poetry and prose in an honest exploration of a teenager coming into her power as a young, woman amidst the temptations and opportunities of the inner-city. It is a perfect celebration of Black hair and the power of coming into your identity. This book brings really important questions of identity and growing up to the surface, all whilst enchanting readers into a fairy-tale universe, which is a great way to get teenagers thinking about and discussing these issues.

    Olivia - Book Club Editor, Ages 7+
    Olivia - Book Club Editor, Ages 7+

    Product Details

    Catalogue number

    210 in UK Summer 2022

    ISBN

    9780702313868

    Publisher

    Scholastic

    Date published

    July 7th, 2022

    Other details

    • 432 pages

    Condition

    New

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