My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the story for anyone who loves fairy tales and the power they have to transport and transform. 12 year old “Rapunzel” is struggling to find her feet at a new school, a task made all the more difficult by the fact that she’s “three standard deviations above the norm” and her dad, beloved, strong and heroic, has been hospitalised with CD, Clinical Depression, the Evil Spell.
The story is told beautifully through the letters from “Rapunzel” to the mysterious owner of Post Box #5667 with a yearning and confusion that is balanced by a quirky and mischievous sense of humour. The retelling of fairy tales throughout demonstrates the creativity of both the protagonist and author herself. That “Letters from Rapunzel” won the Ursula Nordstrom First Fiction Contest attests to this being a very promising beginning to Sara Lewis Holmes career as a children’s author. She has tackled a difficult topic with sensitivity and a well developed understanding of Clinical Depression from the point of view of the child.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking to move on from (or to compliment their reading of) the traditional fairy tale, parents, teachers and anyone who would like to gain further insight into the experiences of children whose parent are effected by mental health issues.