Hansel and Gretel

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A famine decimates a magical realm, and the family of ten-year-old Hansel and his little sister face starvation. Their parents decide that the best hope for all of them against almost certain death is to abandon the children deep in the forest, but Hansel leads Gretel home by following a trail of pebbles that glow in the moonlight. Still desperate, their parents prevent Hansel from finding more pebbles, and then they abandon the children even deeper into the forest, where they become thoroughly lost. Hansel and Gretel follow a white bird to a shack in the woods and fall captive to Petra, an evil witch, who fattens Hansel for slaughter. Hansel tricks Petra into thinking he isn't fattening, then pushes her into the oven—only to discover that they may not yet be out of danger.


Mike Klaassen is the author of Backlash: A War of 1812 Novel and two young-adult novels: Cracks and The Brute. He has also written two nonfiction books: Scenes and Sequels: How to Write Page-Turning Fiction and Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life. He publishes For Fiction Writers, a free monthly ezine about the craft of writing fiction. For more, visit www.mikeklaassen.com