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Liesl Shurtliff


Liesl Shurtliff grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah the fifth of eight children. Her seven siblings tortured her but she really likes them now. Liesl loved dancing, singing, playing the piano and reading books by Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, and Roald Dahl. She also read Grimms’ Fairy Tales so often she wore through the binding.

In college Liesl studied Music Dance Theatre at Brigham Young University. Performing was what she had always wanted to do, but after having her first child Liesl found that belting show tunes during nap time was counterproductive. Seeking a quieter activity, Liesl began writing. At first writing was was just a creative substitute until she could do what she really wanted, but stories grabbed hold of Liesl's heart and she never looked back. 

Lisel is the author of the popular (Fairly) True Tales Series, Rump, Jack, Red and GrumpRump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, is a Texas Bluebonnet Master List Selection, and was awarded the International Reading Association Children's and Young Adult Book Award. Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood and finally Grump: The True Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will delight young readers

Today, Liesl lives with her husband and three children in Chicago, which is a wonderful city except that it is decidedly flat and very cold in the winter. When she writes, she often wander back to her childhood and gather the magic that still remains. Liesl hopes to share that magic with children everywhere.

Learn more about Liesl Shurtliff on her website


RUMP: The (Fairly) True Tale of Rumpelstiltskin
JACK: The (Fairly) True Tale of Jack and the Beanstalk
RED: The (Fairly) True Tale of Red Riding Hood
GRUMP: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Time Castaways: The Mona Lisa Key

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