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Matchless: An Illumination of Hans Christian Andersen's Classic "The Little Match Girl" (Paperback)
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October 2009 Indie Next List
“This 're-illumination' of the Hans Christian Andersen tale 'The Little Match Girl' was originally commissioned by and performed on NPR by the Maguire himself. Accompanied by Maguire's line drawings, this story is told in his inimitable style, and his fans will love it.”
— Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
The beloved New York Times bestselling author of Wicked reimagines Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" for modern readers, putting a new twist on a timeless classic.
In Matchless, Gregory Maguire adds a different dimension to the story, exquisitely intertwining the match girl's tale with that of Frederik, a young boy who builds a city out of trash, and whose yearnings are the catalyst for a better future for himself and his family. Maguire uses his storytelling magic to rekindle Andersen's original intentions, suggesting transcendence, the permanence of spirit, and the continuity that links the living and the dead.
About the Author
Gregory Maguire is the author of the incredibly popular books in the Wicked Years series, including Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which inspired the musical. He is also the author of many books for children, including What-the-Dickens, which was a New York Times bestseller. Gregory Maguire lives outside Boston.
An Indie Next List Notable
“The little match girl’s story is now getting its due thanks to novelist Gregory Maguire of ‘Wicked’ fame…. Matchless glows with aching beauty.”
“Maguire’s story has the weight and solidity of a treasured folk tale, something to be handed down and retold.”
-Ellen Trachtenberg, author of The Best Children’s Literature: A Parent’s Guide